Postdoctoral Researcher, Biological Sciences (TEMP)
Posting Number: req1164
Working 12 months per year
College of Science and Engineering
Pocatello - Main
We seek one postdoctoral researcher for
work related to Aquatic Intermittency Effects on Microbiomes in Streams (AIMS),
funded by the National Science Foundation Established Program to Stimulate
Competitive Research (EPSCoR), Track-2 Focused EPSCoR Collaborations (RII
Track-2 FEC). AIMS is a multi-institutional interdisciplinary research project,
spanning five states (Idaho, Kansas, Oklahoma, Alabama, Mississippi) and eight
institutions that aspires to understand how physical drivers (e.g., climate,
hydrology) interact with biological drivers (e.g., microbiome, biogeochemistry)
to control water quality in intermittent streams. The postdoc will have the
opportunity to participate in cross-region field work in Western Mountains,
Central Plains, Southeastern Forests and integrate environmental “Big Data”
(sensor data, next-generation sequencing data, biogeochemical data) generated
from a network of instrumented sites in those three regions.
postdoc will work directly with Ken Aho (Idaho State University) and Yaqi You
(SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry), and collaborate with
other Idaho State University team members (Sarah Godsey, Rebecca Hale, Kathleen
Lohse) and the large AIMS project team.
● Participate in field campaigns
● Coordinate and synthesize microbiome data
● Lead bioinformatics and statistical analysis
● Obtain a Data Carpentry instructor certificate
and develop modules for virtual workshops
● PhD in
microbiology, microbial ecology, ecology, environmental science,
biogeochemistry, or closely related fields.
● Fluent with molecular biology techniques (e.g., DNA
manipulation, PCR, qPCR) and next-generation sequencing using platforms such as
Illumina and Oxford Nanopore.
experience in integrating and analyzing large scale data (omics, biogeochemical
experience, and/or ability to promote STEM diversity and inclusion.
● Strong oral and written communication skills.
● Ability to work in an interdisciplinary environment, in a
large research team as well as independently.
● Experience with UNIX shell scripting and facility with R,
or other programming languages (Python, Ruby, Perl, etc.).
● Knowledge of aquatic
ecosystems and numerical ecology, interest in links between microbial ecology
to water quality.
● Experience and/or ability in conducting field work in arid
and/or mountainous regions.
● Familiarity with chromatography and spectroscopy.
● Interest, experience, and/or ability to promote STEM diversity
Please submit the following documents with your application:
Cover Letter addressed to Dr. Ken Aho and Dr. Yaqi You, outlining your research experience and interests, expertise, and career goals; CV/Resume; and a list of three (3) professional references with contact information.
The position will remain open until filled. However, priority consideration will be given to applications received by January 11, 2021. Salary has been approved at $55,000 annually, commensurate with education and experience. Includes a competitive benefits package. Offers of employment may be conditional pending successful completion of a background investigation.
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