Two postdoctoral researchers in single cell genome-to-phenome studies of environmental microorganisms (position #2)

East Boothbay, ME   |   Full time

Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences is seeking two postdoctoral researchers to lead studies that tie cell-specific genome data to expressed functions (genome to phenome) such that rates of environmental processes can be coupled to specific microbial lineages. This work integrates cutting-edge approaches in field studies of marine and continental microbiomes, laboratory experimentation and bioinformatics. The primary focus of position #1, co-advised by Drs. Stepanauskas and Poulton, will be on the studies of marine bacterioplankton and the integration of flow cytometry and genomics of individual cells. The primary focus of position #2, co-advised by Drs. Orcutt and Emerson, will be on studies of the deep biosphere and the calibration of single cell activity and physiology measurements using laboratory cultures. Both hired scientists will be engaged in a collaborative, multi-institutional project that also includes the University of New Hampshire and the Desert Research Institute. The postdoctoral scientists at Bigelow Laboratory have access to an active professional training program and possibilities for undergraduate student mentoring and teaching. Laboratory’s state-of-the-art oceanfront campus in scenic Midcoast Maine offers excellent opportunities for outdoor activities, including hiking, canoeing, sailing, and skiing.

Candidates must have a PhD degree in a relevant field and prior experience in environmental microbiology and genomics. Excellent written and verbal communication skills and ability to work harmoniously in a collaborative research team are crucial.

Research will be conducted primarily at the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences in East Boothbay, Maine. Opportunities for fieldwork may be available but are not required. The positions are offered for a period of three years. The positions have an expected start date of January 1, 2019, but this may be negotiated. Salary will be commensurate with prior experience.

Please submit a CV and a cover letter at our online application site here that contains a statement of research interests and contact information for three references by November 1, 2018.

Review of applications will begin immediately until the position is filled. Questions about these positions can be referred to Bigelow Laboratory is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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