Edinburgh has just opened its new Chancellor’s Fellowship round and this time we have a theme in Extreme Conditions/Astrobiology led out of Physics and Astronomy/UK Centre for Astrobiology. These are Fellowships leading automatically to permanent positions and we’re really keen to attract outstanding candidates. In particular, we’d like to find someone who will set up and run their own group in extreme biology/astrobiology. We’re particularly keen to encourage microbiologists and people with an interest in linking that to space exploration. As our ‘Center for Science in Extreme Conditions’ has an interest in high pressure science, an interest in high pressure biology would be very attractive, but not essential. The position could also cover people interested in space biotechnology/space manufacturing as this is of interest to the School of Biological Sciences who are setting up a new biotechnology center. Applications due October 15, 2018.
Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences is seeking a postdoctoral researcher for the Emerson lab to take part in a study of iron-cycling in the Arctic tundra. The primary goal of this project is to better understand microbial communities associated with iron-oxidation and reduction in the permafrost active layer. Specifically we will address how biogenic iron oxides impact the carbon cycle principally through interactions with methane production and consumption. The work will combine cultivation-independent field approaches with mesocosm studies conducted in the laboratory. The data acquired will also be used in modeling efforts to gain a better understanding of ecosystem processes related to microbial iron metabolism and methane production. Candidates should have strong microbial ecology skills with a demonstrated ability for field and/or laboratory work; experience with, or a willingness to learn a programming language such as R or Matlab is a plus. The project will involve extended stays at the Toolik Field Station, a remote field station on Alaska’s north slope. The candidate must be able to lift 50 lbs. of gear, and be capable of extended hikes in difficult terrain. This is a two-year position with possibility of extension for a third year. Candidates with an interest in making a career of Arctic-related microbiology are encouraged to apply. Consideration of candidates will begin October 10, 2018; start dates will need to be several months prior to the 2019 field season.
A Postdoctoral Scholar award will be offered to a new or recent PhD in the fields of oceanography or closely related subjects. We welcome a broad range of potential topics for study, including physical oceanography process studies at all scales, biogeochemical research with practical experimentation, and system modeling with strong integration of data. We seek a candidate who will take advantage of the opportunities and facilities offered at BIOS which include bi-weekly access to the deep ocean, repeat measurements and long-term monitoring of ocean properties, integration of glider observations with traditional ship-based measurements and laboratory access for chemical and biological measurements and experimentation. The award is designed to further the education and training of the applicant with primary emphasis on supporting the individual’s research promise in his/her chosen area of research. A successful postdoctoral term would offer the opportunity to transition to the BIOS resident scientific staff. Applicants should have received their doctoral degree completed by the start date of the position. The recipient will receive full salary support for an eighteen-month period, with possibility of extension depending on performance success. Support is also available for relocation, travel to scientific meetings, equipment and supplies.
The Hamdan Lab in the School of Ocean Science and Engineering at the University of Southern Mississippi is hiring three new positions to support two projects that begin in Fall 2018 and Spring 2019. Both projects address the impact of the built environment in the deep-sea. We are seeking a Research Technician to begin in Fall 2018, and a Postdoctoral Researcher and Graduate Student to begin in Spring 2019.
The Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences at Rice University is inviting applications for the Wiess and Pan Postdoctoral Research Fellowships. We are seeking candidates with independent research interests that intersect with one or more faculty within our department. Both domestic and international applicants are welcome, but applicants must have a Ph.D. awarded within three years of the time of appointment. Each research fellowship will be supported for two years, pending satisfactory progress during the first year, and covers an annual stipend of $60,000 with a benefits package and an additional annual discretionary research allowance of $3,500. Applicants are requested to develop a proposal of research to be undertaken during the fellowship period. The principal selection criteria are scientific excellence, a clearly expressed research plan to address questions at the forefront of their field of study, and research synergies with at least one faculty. The proposed research should, however, encompass independent research ideas and explore new directions beyond the applicant’s Ph.D. Preference will be given to applicants whose proposals demonstrate independence and originality, and also the potential for collaboration with one or more faculty in the Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences. The applications are due on November 1, 2018.
The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences (EES) in the Faculty of Science at the University of Waterloo invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position at the Assistant or Associate Professor rank in the area of Geomicrobiology. The start date for the appointment can be as early as January 1, 2019. Applicants must have a PhD in a relevant field and a strong track record of scientific achievements, as demonstrated by publications in leading journals and a proven aptitude for interdisciplinary research. The successful candidate will be expected to establish an internationally recognized, and independently funded, research program that will enhance and complement the research and education activities of EES. Applicants should have excellent communication skills and a strong commitment to teaching at the undergraduate and post-graduate levels. Application deadline: October 1, 2018.
Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences is seeking a qualified and highly motivated individual for a postdoctoral research scientist position in the laboratory of Dr. Beth Orcutt. The research will involve study of the marine deep biosphere, focusing on the use of subseafloor observatories to study microbial processes in the subsurface oceanic crust on the eastern flank of the Juan de Fuca Ridge. The project will involve the possibility to be involved in single-cell based analytical techniques and/or poised potential experiments to examine microbial diversity and activity in the crustal subsurface. Highly successful candidates would have experience with environmental science, microbiology, or biogeochemistry, with working knowledge of molecular biology techniques (such as DNA extraction, amplification, sequencing, and/or bioinformatics), microscopy, or electrochemistry techniques considered as highly desirable. Applicants must have at least a Ph.D. in marine sciences, oceanography, environmental microbiology or similar field with a proven publication record. Experience with project management or fieldwork also desired. Research will be conducted primarily at the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences in East Boothbay, Maine. At least one opportunity for ocean-going field work is expected in Spring 2019, and other opportunities may be available. The position is offered for a period of two years. The position has an expected start date of January 1, 2019, but this may be negotiated. Application deadline: September 1, 2018.
The Center for Environmental Biotechnology (CEB) is seeking an enthusiastic, highly motivated postdoctoral research associate to apply cutting edge metagenomics methods. The position is available starting immediately for one year, with possible renewal for another year upon mutual agreement and availability of funds. Screening of applicants will begin immediately and applications will be considered until the position is filled. The post-doc will apply novel metagenomics methods to study microbial communities in permafrost aquatic sediments of different ages to uncover microbial biodiversity in young to ancient permanently frozen sediments with respect to survivability, metabolic adaptation and evolutionary changes. The research will take place in a highly collaborative environment with access to state-of-the-art instrumentation and computational resources within the CEB’s Next-Gen Illumina Sequencing Lab, Bioimaging Core Facility, and Bioinformatics Resource Center. The researcher will have opportunities to gain experience in other approaches related to microbial community research, give presentations and write proposals, as well as providing practical supervision of PhD candidates and undergraduate student
The Laboratory of Geology of Lyon (Université Lyon 1 & ENS de Lyon, France) invites applications for a postdoctoral research associate in environmental microbiology – biogeochemistry. The project is part of the multi-disciplinary consortium Science For Clean Energy (S4CE) funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. S4CE has been established to understand the underlying mechanisms underpinning sub-surface geo-energy operations and to measure, control and mitigate their environmental risks. The PDRA will work in close collaboration with an international group of scientists on deciphering the role of the subsurface biosphere in the C, N and S biogeochemical cycles affecting energy-generating geo-operations. Research focuses on the analysis of the metabolic activity of key microorganisms that develop at depth in geothermal wells and CO2/H2S injection wells for enhanced geothermal energy (EGT) and carbon capture sequestration (CCS), respectively. Sampling of underground fluids is scheduled at two sites in 2018. The goal of the project is to characterize the metabolism of key microorganisms under subsurface conditions. The research involves the cultivation of various microbial strains of relevance for the sampled subsurface environments under simulated conditions of the subsurface (high pressure and/or high temperature). A unique pressure facility is available at the LGL allowing monitoring of metabolic reactions using in situ spectroscopy. The candidate should hold a PhD in microbiology with expertise in environmental microbiology and microbial physiology. An experience in microscopy and spectroscopy is appreciated but not required. Complete applications will be reviewed every two weeks, starting now, until the position is filled.
Applications are invited to fill a full-time, 3-year position in the Oceanography Department at the University of Hawaii at Manoa (K. C. Ruttenberg, Honolulu, HI), in collaboration with the Dept. of Earth and Environmental Science at Columbia University and Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO), (S. T. Dyhrman, Palisades, NY), to study the molecular biogeochemistry of dissolved organic phosphorus (DOP). We are looking for postdoctoral candidates with a strong background in microbial and/or nutrient biogeochemistry, with interest in addressing processes at the interface of biogeochemistry and microbial oceanography. The primary institutional home of the successful candidate will be in the nutrient biogeochemistry lab of Ruttenberg, in the Oceanography Department at the University of Hawaii at Manoa (UHM), with opportunities for cross-training in microbial oceanography with Dyhrman at Columbia University-LDEO. The project supporting this postdoctoral position is a collaboration between Ruttenberg and Dyhrman, and integrates transcriptome profiling, LCMS, and enzyme assays with the primary research goal of characterizing DOP molecular weight distribution, composition and bioavailability as a function of phytoplankton physiology and the N:P ratio of the (natural or culture) growth medium. This research will use a combination of field sample analysis, laboratory biogeochemistry, and culture work at both UHM and LDEO. Applications will be considered starting July 1, 2018, and continue until a suitable applicant is chosen.
The University of South Florida College of Marine Science, located in Saint Petersburg, Florida, is actively seeking to fill two open rank positions in oceanography. 1) We seek a Geological Oceanographer whose research complements the strengths of the current faculty. We seek a hypothesis-driven scientist who uses a process-based approach to understand problems central to the ocean and its connections to the Earth systems. The candidate will use innovative techniques to investigate the effects of environmental change on the evolution of the stratigraphic record over a broad range of spatial and temporal scales. 2) We seek a Chemical Oceanographer who will contribute to an understanding of the ocean/climate system, from basic disciplinary topics to ecosystems analyses. Qualified candidates will employ modern tools of multi-disciplinary science to understand regional and global issues critical to the ocean system. The positions are open until filled, however, priority review of applications will begin by August 1, 2018. Appointment is anticipated to commence August 1, 2019.
Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO) at University of California San Diego invites applications for an Assistant Teaching Professor – a UC faculty position formally titled “Lecturer with Potential for Security of Employment,” (LPSOE). The teaching faculty (LPSOE) series has equivalent rights and responsibilities as the traditional UC tenure-track Professor series, but with a stronger emphasis on teaching and scholarly activity related to education. The successful candidate will be an outstanding educator with demonstrated commitment to effective and innovative undergraduate teaching who can provide guidance and leadership for the marine biology undergraduate program and contribute to University and public service. Primary responsibilities will be to teach core undergraduate lecture and laboratory courses, including SIO 187 ‘Statistical Methods in Marine Biology’ and SIO 136 ‘Marine Biology Laboratory’ (co-teaching the latter). Candidates must have earned a Ph.D. in Marine Biology or a relevant field. Areas of research and teaching expertise that will be favorably looked upon to enhance the teaching program include but are not limited to: biometry, biodiversity, data analytics, fisheries, evolution and genetics of marine organisms, fieldwork methods, marine biochemistry and physiology, marine ecology, and marine mammal biology. Please apply by June 30, 2018.
The Shanghai Research Center of Hadal Science and Engineering Technology (HAST) of Shanghai Ocean University invites applications for two faculty positions. 1) Analytical Scientist: seeking an expert in analytical mass spectrometry and preferably, with prior experience in high resolution accurate mass spectrometry. The successful applicant will be responsible for maintenance support and day-to-day operations of an ultrahigh resolution mass spectrometer, the Panorama, which will be delivered to HAST in late 2018. Preference will be given to individuals with a proven track record and a combination of skills in laboratory management, instrument troubleshooting, data handling and method development. Extensive experience in the operation of on-line sample preparation, maintenance of vacuum systems, and diagnosis of instrument mechanical and electronic problems is also desired. 2) Research Scientist: We are seeking a highly motivated, collaborative, research scientist for a lab-based position in clumped isotope science. The scientist’s principal responsibility is the design, development, validation and implementation of analytical procedures utilizing the Panorama. This scientist is expected to have a proven track record in clumped isotope research and high productivity in research and publishing. For both positions, applicants should possess a Ph.D. in isotope science or related fields. Applications will continue to be accepted until all available positions are filled.
The International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) at Texas A&M University invites applications for anAssistant Research Scientist (Expedition Project Manager/Staff Scientist) in our Science Operations section. Applications in any field of geoscience pertinent to IODP will be considered although preference will be given to those with expertise that fits well with our current group. A Ph.D. in geosciences or related field, and demonstrated on-going research experience is required. Applicants must have a demonstrated fluency in written and spoken English. Experience as a seagoing scientist, especially in scientific ocean drilling, is preferred. This position will serve as the Expedition Project Manager to coordinate all aspects of precruise expedition planning, sea-going implementation, and postcruise activities. These duties include sailing as the IODP scientific representative on a two-month IODP expedition approximately once every 1 to 2 years. Individual scientific research, as well as collaboration with colleagues at Texas A&M University in fulfilling its educational mission, is required. This position will also provide scientific advice on laboratory developments in their area of specialization including scientific implementation of downhole logging on theJOIDES Resolution. Applicants must be able to cooperate and work harmoniously with others, have the ability to be an effective team leader, and foster collaboration among diverse scientific participants. Passing a new employee medical exam and annual seagoing medical exams are a requirement of the position. We will begin reviewing applications on June 30, 2018, but will continue to accept applications until candidates are selected for interviews.
A Postdoctoral Scholar award will be offered to a new or recent PhD in the fields of oceanography or closely related subjects. We welcome a broad range of potential topics for study, including physical oceanography process studies at all scales, biogeochemical research with practical experimentation, and system modeling with strong integration of data. We seek a candidate who will take advantage of the opportunities and facilities offered at BIOS which include bi-weekly access to the deep ocean, repeat measurements and long-term monitoring of ocean properties, integration of glider observations with traditional ship-based measurements and laboratory access for chemical and biological measurements and experimentation. The position will remain open until filled.
The Laboratoire de Microbiologie des Environnements Extrêmes (LM2E) is offering a Postdoctoral researcher position in the international Horizon 2020 funded project S4CE (www.science4cleanenergy.eu). Starting on April 15th, 2018, the position offers the possibility to enlarge the expertise and skills in terrestrial deep biosphere environmental Microbiology. The main task of the Postdoc project will be to study the deep biosphere microbiome (depending on samples available from several drilled sites) with a particular focus on diversity and function within the context of the environmental extreme conditions. Next generation sequencing methods including amplicon sequencing and metagenomics/metatranscriptomics will be used towards this goal. The postdoc will have the opportunity to extract genomic RNA and DNA for sequencing. The main emphasis will be on the bioinformatic processing and interpretation of NGS-generated data. Please send your application no later than April 1, 2018.
Hunting the Microbial Dark Matter: Prokaryotic microorganisms are the oldest, most abundant, and particularly most diverse forms of life on earth and dominate many functions of the biosphere, including the global cycles of carbon. They also harbor an enormous potential for novel natural product discovery, bioremediation and bioenergy production. However, it is estimated that over 99% of all microbial species from environmental microcosms remain uncultured, attempts to grow them under laboratory conditions fail or they grow too slowly to obtain sufficient biomass for analysis. Genome sequencing for the vast majority of Prokaryotes has therefore been inaccessible, obscuring the knowledge of microbial diversity, metabolic potentials and evolutionary histories. We are a young dynamic group using culture-independent approaches like Single Cell Genomics and Metagenomics in combination with Bioinformatics to hunt for unknown microorganisms in various interesting habitats. Ph.D. position: We seek highly motivated and creative persons with a Masters degree in Biology/Bioinformatics/Chemistry or related fields, interests and knowledge in microbiology, bioinformatics, molecular genetics, evolution and ecology. Knowledge in command-line programming (e.g. perl, python, R) and data processing/analysis as well as in next-generation sequencing techniques and molecular biology methods is a plus but not necessary. Postdoc position: We seek highly motivated and creative persons with a Ph.D. in Biology/Bioinformatics/Chemistry or related fields, interests and knowledge in bioinformatics (command-line programming) and preferably teaching experience. For more info and applications please email Prof. Anne Kaster (email@example.com).
A Postdoctoral Scholar award will be offered to a new or recent doctorate in the fields of oceanography and closely related subject. Our ideal candidate will propose to study a multidisciplinary research topic that takes advantage of the research opportunities and facilities offered at BIOS (including frequent access to the deep ocean, repeat measurements and long term monitoring of ocean properties, integration of glider observations with traditional ship-based measurements). We welcome a broad range of potential topics for study, including physical oceanography process studies at all scales, biogeochemical research with practical experimentation, and system modeling with strong integration of data. The award is designed to further the education and training of the applicant with primary emphasis on supporting the individual’s research promise in his/her chosen area of research. Review of applications will begin February 1, 2018.
The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) is seeking applications for a newly-established Endowed Chair in its Division of Marine Science (DMS). This is a permanent, tenure track position for which we are seeking an enthusiastic candidate who can flourish within the multi-disciplinary environment of our department and enhance our academic and research enterprises. The Division is located in the federal city of NASA’s Stennis Space Center and benefits from close working relationships with a number of on-site federal agencies, including several of the Navy divisions, USGS and NOAA. DMS graduate and undergraduate programs extend across traditional marine science emphasis areas in biological, physical, chemical and geological oceanography, and also encompass hydrographic science and ocean engineering. Although candidates with accomplishments in biological oceanography or ocean technology will be given enhanced consideration, qualified candidates from other sub-disciplines of oceanography will also be considered. The successful candidate should, above all, demonstrate superior potential to contribute across the noted disciplines and promote the continued interdisciplinary growth of our academic and research programs. This growth has recently included the construction of a new building at the Port of Gulfport, the acquisition of the Research Vessel Point Sur, the establishment of a unique certificate program in Unmanned Maritime Systems, and the formation of the School of Ocean Science and Technology, which also includes the Division of Coastal Sciences located at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory in Ocean Springs. Applicant review will begin February, 2018 and continue until the position is filled.
The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Division of Marine Science (DMS), within the School of Ocean Science and Technology (SOST), invites applications for two tenure-track positions in ocean engineering at the assistant professor level. This newly established Ocean Engineering baccalaureate program creates an opportunity to blend engineering approaches with DMS established expertise in marine and hydrographic sciences, and to develop innovative solutions to the exploration of the oceanographic environment. These positions offer the successful candidates the possibility to contribute to the implementation and future growth of our ocean engineering program. This program is expected to combine strengths in ocean sampling technologies, technology fabrication, and coastal hydrodynamics with innovative application of ocean engineering solutions. The successful candidates should be able to leverage collaborations with SOST marine scientists and hydrographers within DMS and the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, and computer and polymer engineers within USM’s College of Science and Technology. DMS faculty also interact with research scientists of federal agencies at Stennis Space Center, such as the Naval Research Laboratory, the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command, and NOAA’s National Data Buoy Center. Applicant review will begin February 1, 2018 and continue until the position is filled.
The Univeristy of Georgia Skidaway Institute of Oceanography and the Department of Marine Sciences in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences invite applications for two nine-month, tenure-track faculty positions resident at the coastal campus in Savannah, GA. Successful candidates will be interdisciplinary, self-motivated and interested in pursuing innovative research and education in a highly supportive academic environment. We are particularly interested in applicants engaging in interdisciplinary research that advances the understanding of fundamental oceanographic questions in the following areas: Chemical Oceanography—We seek candidates whose area of expertise could include (but are not limited to) organic geochemistry, sedimentary or water column biogeochemistry, or carbon and coupled elemental cycles. Geological Oceanography—We seek candidates who examine coastal and marine sedimentary systems using field-based or modeling approaches. Applicants with expertise in any sub-discipline of marine geology will be considered, although specializations in sediment dynamics, impacts of climate change, or who work at the interface between geology and engineering are particularly encouraged to apply. Applications received by January 8, 2018 are assured full consideration.
The Department of Biological Sciences invites applications for a tenure-track, assistant professor position in aquatic ecology. Specializations might include marine community ecology, plankton ecology, wetlands ecology, food web interactions, or ecosystem stressors. Faculty positions require a commitment to research, teaching, and service. Duties include developing a creative and vibrant research program in aquatic ecology, graduate student mentoring, teaching that supports our graduate program in ecology and evolution, and undergraduate teaching and advising. Minimum qualifications include a PhD in ecology, biological sciences, or related discipline, and evidence of established scholarship including a strong record of publishing in peer-reviewed journals. Post-doctoral experience is preferred. To ensure full consideration, applications should be received by December 1, 2017.
The Department of Earth and Environmental Science and the Vagelos Institute for Energy Science and Technology at the University of Pennsylvania seek graduate students interested in any of the following research areas: geomicrobiology, ecology, microbe-microbe and microbe-mineral interactions, biogeochemistry, ecophysiology and bioenergetics. Potential projects include: i) Microbial remediation of asbestos: This project provides the opportunity to interrogate microbe-mineral interactions in human-disposed minerals; ii) Bioenergetic principles of energy metabolisms: This project will focus on the ecophysiology of hydrogenotrophic methanogenesis and/or Fe(III) reduction from marine geothermal environments; and iii) Taxonomic classification: Isolation and characterization of novel chemosynthetic microorganisms from anoxic environments. The prospective students will be expected to work at the interface between geology, chemistry, and biology. Skills associated with this research program: problem-solving (scientific method) skills, preparation of chemical solutions, microbial culturing, microscopy, molecular phylogenetics, aqueous/gas chemistry quantification, isotope geochemistry, experimental design skills, data-logging, broad scientific literacy and cultural competence. The successful applicants will be awarded a Ph.D. Fellowship package that includes: tuition, fees, health care and stipend for living expenses. These packages are available starting Fall 2018. Apply here. If interested in learning more about this opportunity please contact Ileana Pérez- Rodríguez at: firstname.lastname@example.org .
The Goldman lab in the Department of Biology at Oberlin College invites applications for a full-time postdoctoral research position in computational biology. The postdoctoral fellow will work with Dr. Aaron Goldman on a NASA-funded research project investigating the early evolution of metabolism. The research, which will be entirely computational in nature, seeks to identify the earliest metabolic pathways and is part of a larger research collaboration involving origin of life laboratories at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the University of Southern California. The postdoctoral fellow will have the opportunity to mentor Oberlin undergraduates assisting with the research. The position is funded for two years at a starting salary of $48,500 and with a preferred start date between October 15 and November 30, 2017.
The University of Wyoming invites applications for a tenure-track, Assistant Professor position in Biogeochemistry in the Department of Geology & Geophysics and the interdepartmental Program in Ecology Ph.D. The successful candidate is expected to build a strong extramurally funded research program in biogeochemical processes and analyses. We seek applicants who complement existing research strengths at the University and address questions spanning broad scales — e.g., from organisms, molecules, and minerals to landscapes and global dynamics. Competitive candidates will be able to build strong research and teaching roles with regard to biogeochemical processes. The research focus may range broadly including topics such as microbial processes, weathering, ecosystem stoichiometry, organic geochemistry, and global elemental cycles. The University of Wyoming maintains facilities that support cutting-edge research in biogeochemistry, including high-performance computing, stable isotope analyses, scanning electron microscopy, organic geochemical techniques such as biomarker analysis, and new core facilities for DNA extraction and library preparation. This search is one of four in a cluster in the Program in Ecology (aquatic ecosystem ecologist, biogeochemist, computational biologist, and plant-microbe interactions), and candidates may also participate in the interdisciplinary Ph.D. programs in Molecular and Cellular Life Sciences and Hydrologic Science. The cluster hire is supported in part by a new 5-year, $20 million NSF EPSCoR RII Track-1 grant to the University. In this project we will study microbial life and its ecological consequences. Review of applications will begin on November 13, 2017.
A postdoctoral position in molecular microbial ecology is available at the Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole. This NSF-funded collaborative project with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution seeks to identify the nature of microbial predator-prey interactions using laboratory chemostats combined with RNA stable isotope probing, sequencing, and trait-based modeling. We are seeking an individual with expertise in molecular microbial ecology, including those with interests in microbial, viral, and eukaryotic dynamics, microbial food webs, and theoretical ecology. While the primary focus of the work will be in research, the postdoctoral investigator will have an opportunity to participate in educational and outreach activities associated with the project.
Postdoctoral Fellowships at CSIRO provide opportunities to scientists and engineers, who have completed their doctorate and have less than three years relevant postdoctoral work experience. These fellowships will help launch their careers, provide experience that will enhance their career prospects, and facilitate the recruitment and development of potential leaders for CSIRO. Postdoctoral Fellows are appointed for up to three years and will work closely with a leading Research Scientist or Engineer in their respective field. Mineral resources contribute significantly to the economic wealth of Australia. However, most of Australia’s easily-found mineral deposits have already been discovered and a dramatic drop in the mineral discovery rate has been observed over the last decade. This sharp decrease in mineral exploration success is related to 80% of the Australian continent being covered by regolith, strongly challenging the use of conventional exploration techniques to identify new exploration targets. In order to minimise the risk, cost and environmental impact of future mineral exploration campaigns, novel biogeochemical tools need to be developed. Subtle concentrations of specific elements present in soils overlying deposits can affect the populations of microbes such as fungi and bacteria that live in the soil. These changes in microbial populations are being investigated as potential surface exploration proxies, but little is known of the link between microbial communities at the surface and the deep biosphere in the subsurface. As the successful candidate, you will seek to provide a greater understanding of the surface and deep biosphere through genomic sequencing of microbial communities found in regolith as well as in fresh drill core material (deep Earth samples) obtained during mining and mineral exploration. You will investigate microbial communities around mineral deposits in order to contribute to the development and use of microbes in future mineral exploration. This project will be undertaken in collaboration with CSIRO Land & Water, Perth and GFZ Potsdam, Germany. Applications close November 12, 2017.
The School of Earth and Space Exploration (SESE) invites applications for an Assistant Professor with expertise in geobiology and/or biogeochemistry. Anticipated start date is August 2018. We desire a candidate who (1) addresses fundamental questions in the interdependence of biological and geochemical processes on Earth and other habitable planets, and (2) can develop collaborations with other closely affiliated research programs in SESE (possibilities include astrobiology, geochemistry, ecosystem dynamics, hydrology, geodynamics, planetary science, and surface processes). We are interested in individuals showing capacities to bridge research in biological and geological processes. Examples include combining the geologic and genomic records to reveal the history of geobiological processes, harnessing molecular methods to track energy and material flows in active ecosystems, and theoretical developments related to the origin and evolution of life. The successful candidate will be expected to conduct research in biological and geochemical processes, teach at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and participate in service activities in the school, college and university. Initial deadline for receipt of complete applications is November 20, 2017.
The Geophysical Laboratory of the Carnegie Institution of Washington invites applications for postdoctoral fellowships. The Geophysical Laboratory emphasizes interdisciplinary experimental and theoretical research in fields ranging from geoscience, microbiology, chemistry, to physics. The Laboratory supports world-class facilities in high-pressure research; organic, stable isotope and biogeochemistry; mineral physics and petrology; and astrobiology. Carnegie Postdoctoral Fellowships are awarded once a year. The deadline for submitting an application is December 1, 2017 and the position begins the following summer or autumn.
The Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences at Rice University is inviting applications for the Wiess Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship. We are seeking candidates with independent research interests that intersect with one or more faculty within our department. Applicants must have a Ph.D. awarded within three years of the time of appointment. The research fellowship will be supported for two years, pending satisfactory progress during the first year, and covers an annual stipend of $60,000 with a benefits package and an additional annual discretionary research allowance of $3,500. Applicants are requested to develop a proposal of research to be undertaken during the fellowship period. The principal selection criteria are scientific excellence, a clearly expressed research plan to address questions at the forefront of their field of study, and research synergies with at least one faculty. The proposed research should, however, encompass independent research ideas and explore new directions beyond the applicant’s Ph.D. Preference will be given to applicants whose proposals demonstrate independence and originality, and also the potential for collaboration with one or more faculty in the Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences. Applications should be submitted to the chair of the fellowship search committee by November 10, 2017.
This is a full-time, state funded position that includes a full benefits package and access to affordable campus housing for faculty and staff. The position will support science education, student success, and outreach components of several initiatives within the CSUMB College of Science. The person who holds this position will also serve as the education director for the Coastal and Marine Ecosystems Program (https://csumb.edu/cme) at CSUMB. This new program serves as an organizational unit for a number of our NSF and NOAA funded ocean science research and education initiatives. The education director will coordinate our Ocean Sciences REU program (https://csumb.edu/reu), as well as, collaborative education activities for our NOAA Cooperative Science Center (http://ccme.famu.edu/) and our NSF Polar Project (https://polar-ice.org/). The individual in this position will also supervise a staff comprised of an administrative and outreach support specialist as well as, two graduate student assistants. Education requirements are a Ph.D. in Science Education or Science (ocean/marine science desirable), or a Masters degree in these areas with at least two years of post-degree work experience. The priority screening deadline for this position is October 2, 2017 with an anticipated start date in early Spring 2018.
Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences is seeking a qualified and highly motivated individual for a postdoctoral research scientist position. The hired scientist will work on a project investigating the diversity and dynamics of viruses, as well as the effect of viruses on phytoplankton in marine-derived lakes of the Vestfold Hills in Antarctica (https://www.nsf.gov). These “natural laboratories” allow examination of microbial processes and interactions that would be difficult to characterize elsewhere on earth. This project does not require fieldwork in Antarctica. Instead, it will leverage already collected and archived samples that have concurrent measurements of physicochemical information. This project will also capitalize on approximately 2 terabyte of Next Generation Sequencing, including metagenomes, SSU rRNA amplicons and single virus genomes (this project) generated through an ongoing collaborative effort with other institutions. The project is led by Dr. Joaquín Martínez Martínez, and utilizes cutting-edge molecular technologies, and takes advantage of significant bioinformatics support and computational resources at Bigelow Laboratory. Applicants must have a PhD degree or post-degree experience in relevant fields, such as environmental microbiology/virology, bioinformatics, and oceanography. Additional preferred qualifications include working knowledge in one or more of the following techniques: Flow Cytometry, nucleic acids purification, quantitative PCR, whole-genome amplification, and sequencing. Review of applicants will begin immediately and proceed until the position is filled.
Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences is searching for a full-time Research Technician to perform laboratory and data handling tasks related to microbial single cell genomics, with the primary focus on genomic sequencing. The candidate should be willing to work with fastidious techniques that require extreme cleanliness and accuracy, operating robotic systems, handling advanced data management systems, and quickly learning new methods. A Masters degree in biology or related field or a relevant Bachelors degree and at least three years of post-degree experience working in a molecular biology laboratory are required. Prior experience with Illumina DNA sequencing technology is preferred. Excellent communication skills and ability to work harmoniously in a collaborative research environment are crucial. For full consideration, the application should be received by September 1, 2017.
FAU’s Harbor Branch, located in Fort Pierce, Florida, and FAU’s Institute for Sensing and Embedded Network Systems Engineering (I-SENSE), located in Boca Raton, Florida, seek candidates for an Assistant, Associate, or Full Research Professor with expertise in geochemistry/geochemical sensing and a research background in one or more of the following areas: marine chemistry, nutrient cycling, carbon transformations, particle fluxes across continental shelves, trace metal distributions, and electrochemical sensing. Candidates will also display a broad interest in marine ecology, biological oceanography, marine microbiology, and in situ sensing technologies. Applications are sought from individuals with excellent research/publication records and demonstrated potential to lead a strong, extramurally funded research program that explores opportunities with state, federal agencies, industry and private foundations. Applicants whose research provides a strong background in geochemical processes at sediment-water interfaces are preferred. Applicants must apply electronically by August 31, 2017.
The Boone Pickens School of Geology at Oklahoma State University seeks to fill a tenure track position in paleontology/sedimentary geology at the rank of assistant professor. The anticipated start date is August 1, 2018. The successful applicant should have a Ph.D. degree in geosciences or related field at the time of appointment. For this position, we are seeking a geoscientist with research and teaching interest in paleontology as well as sedimentary geology and stratigraphy. Desired areas of specialization include but are not limited to invertebrate paleontology, biostratigraphy, palynology, ichnology, and paleoecology. The successful candidate will collaborate as part of a diverse faculty with specialties spanning the geosciences and core strengths in disciplines relating to energy and environment. We are seeking an individual who will develop a vigorous, innovative, externally funded research program, who will contribute to undergraduate and graduate teaching, and who will supervise MS and PhD students. Candidates will be expected to support the learning needs of students from diverse backgrounds and demonstrate a commitment to engaging communities underrepresented in the academy. Screening of candidates will begin on September 15, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled.
The JOIDES Resolution Science Operator (JRSO) at Texas A&M University invites applications for a Research Associate (Clearance and Permitting Specialist) in the Science Operations Department. The position will be responsible for obtaining research clearance for R/V JOIDES Resolution International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) expeditions, environmental studies or permitting, and ensuring clearance for seafloor cables and other seafloor hazards. A Bachelor’s degree in Earth Sciences or related field (e.g., Geology, Geophysics, Oceanography, Geography), plus two years of relevant experience is required. A Master’s degree is preferred, which is equivalent to two years of experience. We will begin reviewing applications on August 28, 2017, but will continue to accept applications until candidates are selected for interviews.
Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences in East Boothbay, Maine seeks a Postdoctoral Research Scientist to help carry out a project working with lithotrophic Fe-oxidizing bacteria. The primary aims of this project are to learn more about the composition of extracellular micro-structures produced by different groups of Fe-oxidizing bacteria, and what environmental factors most influence their production. The position will be in Dr. David Emerson’s laboratory at Bigelow, and is a collaborative project with Dr. Clara Chan at the University of Delaware. The goal is to learn more about the potential utility of these biogenic materials for uses as varied as developing metal-fiber reinforced materials, or organo-metallic frameworks for chemical catalysis, or selective filtering systems. This will be a laboratory-intensive project involving growth of both marine and freshwater Fe-oxidizing bacteria, some biochemical analysis of their products, as well as development of laboratory systems for controlled growth and monitoring, via imaging, of the bacteria, including the use of RNA-seq based transcriptome approaches. In addition, comparative genomics will play an important part in strategizing research approaches. The well-suited candidate will have experience in geomicrobiology, microbial ecology and/or physiology with a strong interest and inclination toward experimental laboratory work, as well as an adequate background in genomics. It’s important to have an intellectual interest in applying this knowledge to the capacity for lithotrophic bacteria to grow on iron, as well as the potential for the development of novel materials. There will be opportunities to do some local field work. For full consideration, the application should be received by August 31, 2017.
The Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry Department is searching for two Postdoctoral Investigators to join their team. These are temporary positions and the initial appointment will be for one year starting (available immediately) with the possibility of an extension for up to two years. These positions will work in Dr. Julie Huber’s laboratory at WHOI. Dr. Huber’s research focuses on the composition and function of microbes in the deep-sea, to understand microbial dynamics and the resulting biogeochemical implications. Much of her work has involved the ocean crustal aquifer (e.g., hydrothermal systems; ocean ridge and arc volcanoes; off-ridge sub-seafloor crust). More broadly, her research interests span from the deep-sea to coastal ponds and astrobiology. The Postdoctoral Investigator positions will participate in studies of subseafloor crustal microbial communities. The emphasis is on examining microbial community biomass, function, and activity in the subseafloor habitat. While the primary focus of the work will be in research, the postdoctoral investigator will have an opportunity to participate in educational and outreach activities associated with the project.
The California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Postdoctoral Scholars Program at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) invites applications for a postdoctoral research position in JPL’s Planetary Ices Group. Dr. Laurie Barge will serve as JPL postdoctoral advisor to the selected candidate. The appointee will carry out research in collaboration with the JPL advisor, resulting in publications in the open literature. The “Becoming Biotic” project, funded by the NSF-NASA Ideas Lab for the Origins of Life, aims to provide the first direct examination of hypotheses regarding the emergence of metabolic pathways. The goal is to attempt to recapitulate ancient metabolic pathways by replacing protein enzymes with non-protein catalysts in early Earth conditions. The two-year project will consist of tasks conducted in a multi-institution effort between JPL, University of Southern California, and Oberlin College. Frequent communication and coordination will be required with the USC/Oberlin Co-I’s and their postdocs and students. The successful candidate will: 1. Identify a set of early Earth conditions under which we will test whether the cofactors can drive metabolic reactions. This will be done jointly with Co-I’s at USC and Oberlin. 2. Test individual cofactors for their ability to catalyze metabolic reactions in the absence of protein enzymes. This Task will also involve the development of synthesis procedures for organic and inorganic cofactors. 3. Measure the kinetics of cofactor-driven reactions for a set of ancient metabolic pathways under several early Earth conditions. 4. Recapitulate an ancient metabolic pathway under several early Earth conditions using cofactors without protein enzymes. Candidates should have a recent Ph.D. in chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry, geochemistry or related fields. Most important is direct experience in protein cofactor chemistry outside of cellular environments, mineral synthesis, and anoxic chemical synthesis methods. Candidates should have experience working with analytical methods (particularly 1H liquid NMR) and working with hazardous chemicals (e.g. thioacetic acid, hydrogen sulfide).
The Hatzenpichler Lab at Montana State University, Bozeman, is looking for a postdoctoral scholar to study the spatial organization of microbial activity in marine sediments. Specifically, we seek to analyze the identity, 3d distribution, and cell-cell interactions of metabolically active microbes in salt marsh and deep-sea sediments. The postdoc will use a unique combination of cutting-edge techniques, including bioorthogonal labeling of translationally active cells, stable isotope probing and Raman micro-spectroscopy, as well as sorting and sequencing of individual metabolically active cells. The position will be available starting Sept. 1st 2017, is funded for 24 months, and will include full benefits. More information about the position and details on how to apply can be found at www.environmental-microbiology.com.
Moss Landing Marine Laboratories (MLML) and San José State University (SJSU) are seeking well-qualified applicants for a full-time, tenure-track position to provide quality undergraduate and graduate instruction, and to pursue a vigorous research program in the general area of Chemical Oceanography. We are seeking a field-oriented scientist with broad interests in Chemical Oceanography, possibly including environmental chemistry, analytical chemistry, and biological/chemical/physical interactions. The successful applicant must have a strong commitment to quality instruction and a record of a vigorous research program that can involve graduate students. A Ph.D. is required.Teaching responsibilities include courses in chemical oceanography, biogeochemical processes, and other classes in specific areas of expertise. The candidate is expected to establish and maintain a vigorous extramurally funded research program involving MS students. The successful candidate will be a SJSU faculty member but will be located at the MLML facility, with all or most of their teaching/research conducted at MLML. Applications due August 23, 2017.
Do you love science but feel that a career as a scientist isn’t enough to sate your desire to learn more about the natural world? Do you enjoy reading papers outside your chosen area of research? If your answer is ‘yes’ to these questions, you could be the person we are looking for to join the editorial team of Nature Geoscience. We seek an associate or senior editor to represent the biogeochemistry research community at the prestigious journal Nature Geoscience. The editor will promote the journal’s coverage of the various fields within this broad discipline in the primary research, reviews and opinion sections of the journal. The successful candidate will ideally have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in a discipline that falls broadly within the field of biogeochemistry. However, strong candidates from all areas of the geosciences will be considered. Postdoctoral experience and broad training will be an advantage. Key elements of the job include the selection of manuscripts for publication, as well as commissioning, editing and writing for the journal. Close contact with related research communities, through conferences and laboratory visits, will be an essential component of the work. The role is demanding and intellectually stimulating, and it calls for a keen interest in the practice and communication of science. The successful candidate will be highly motivated and outgoing, and must possess excellent interpersonal skills. The salary and benefits are competitive, reflecting the critical importance and responsibilities of the role. The position will ideally be based in our London or Berlin office, but exceptions can be considered for strong candidates. Closing Date: July 11, 2017.
The International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) at Texas A&M University is seeking a qualified individual who strong organizational skills, excellent ability to multi-task and work cooperatively with others to fill the full-time Research Specialist II position. The position oversees the supervision of IODP repository facilities and curating all core, samples, residues, and special collections to ensure scientific utility and integrity, according to guidelines established by IODP. Enforce IODP sampling policy, fill sample requests, prepare budgets and support IODP education and public relations initiatives. Minimum qualifications is a Bachelor’s degree and six years’ of relevant experience. Three years’ in core processing, curation, sampling techniques in scientific, and supervisory experience are preferred. The ideal candidate will have a background in oceanographic sciences, scientific ocean drilling and research cruise participation experience, and database management system usage. We will begin reviewing applications on August 1, 2017, but will continue to accept applications until candidates are selected for interviews.
The JOIDES Resolution Science Operator (JRSO) at Texas A&M University invites applications for a Research Scientist [Manager of Technical and Analytical Services (TAS)] to lead our Department of Technical and Analytical Sciences. The Manager of Technical and Analytical Services is responsible for the scientific laboratories aboard the R/V JOIDES Resolution, the JRSO staff who support those facilities, and serves as a member of the JRSO management team. Texas A&M is seeking an individual with the vision and knowledge to provide and support state of the art analytical facilities in a challenging, seagoing environment. The successful candidate will be a proven leader, who will oversee thirty-two staff who support directly the shipboard laboratories on IODP expeditions. The successful applicant will have demonstrated the ability to cooperate and work harmoniously with others, to foster collaboration among diverse scientific participants, and to engage the broader scientific ocean drilling community in setting priorities for shipboard scientific measurements and methods. A Ph.D. in geosciences or related field, 6 years’ of relevant professional experience, and demonstrated proficiency in directing a research laboratory(s) is required. Experience in project management and/or seagoing scientist, especially in scientific ocean drilling, is preferred. We will begin reviewing applications on August 1, 2017, but will continue to accept applications until candidates are selected for interviews.
The School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS) of Stony Brook University seeks applicants for a Postdoctoral Associate position in microbial oceanography under Prof. Gordon T. Taylor’s supervision. This position is associated with SoMAS’s Nano Raman Molecular Imaging Laboratory (NARMIL), whose mission is to provide novel microspectrometric solutions to problems in marine microbiology, biogeochemistry, atmospheric chemistry, and allied fields in the natural sciences and engineering. Incumbent will be expected to utilize sable isotype probing, Confocal Raman Microspectrometry and Atomic Force Microscopy to develop cutting edge single-cell techniques to examine flow of major elements, particularly carbon, through planktonic microalgal and bacterial hosts to their viral pathogens and to dissolved pools. This transdisciplinary project includes collaboration with Dr. Joaquin Martinez Martinez (Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences). Incumbent will also assist in the supervision and management of the lab. This will be an initial 18-month position funded by a Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation grant, with the possibility of extension contingent upon performance and funding. Further information about this position and SoMAS, visit http://www.somas.stonybrook.edu/jobs/. Application due July 2, 2017, but will be accepted until filled.
The Department of Earth and Environmental Science at the University of Pennsylvania seeks a postdoctoral scholar to study microbial remediation of asbestos through chemosynthesis. The position involves the cultivation of chemosynthetic microorganisms relevant to Fe- and N-based energy metabolisms. DESIRED LABORATORY SKILLS INCLUDE: (i) experience with microbial cultivation under batch and/or continuous culture conditions, (ii) experience with aqueous geochemistry techniques, (iii) experience with epifluorescent, SEM and/or TEM microscopy and (iv) basic molecular techniques. [Note: these are the required skills for the implementation of the project. Training in certain areas can be provided, as long as the intellectual motivation is well aligned with this research]. DESIRED ACADEMIC SKILLS INCLUDE: (i) team-working and interpersonal skills, (ii) excellent written and oral communication skills, (iii) commitment to developing peer-reviewed manuscripts, and (iv) desire to work at the intersection between geology, chemistry and biology. The position includes full benefits and is for two years. Candidates should submit a CV, max 2-page statement of experience/interests and the names of 3 contact references. Please send application materials and/or informal inquiries to Dr. Ileana Pérez-Rodríguez (email@example.com). The position is available starting September 1st. Applications are accepted until position is filled. The successful candidate must have completed his/her Ph.D. at the time of the appointment.
The hired scientist will be engaged in a large-scale study of the lineage boundaries, mechanisms, rates, and consequences of horizontal gene transfer (HGT) in marine bacterioplankton. Bacterial and archaeal HGT enables fast adaptation to environmental changes, as suggested by studies of human pathogens. Therefore HGT may also play an important role in bacterioplankton responses to natural and human-induced perturbations. However, microevolutionary processes are often overlooked in microbial ecology and biogeochemistry studies. The specific mechanisms, rates and consequences of microbial HGT in nature remain largely unknown, to a large degree due to methodological limitations. Unlike earlier, cultivation-based and metagenomic approaches, single cell genomics is well suited for in situ studies of HGT, because it recovers genomes from a randomized subset of unicellular individuals and successfully captures genome regions that have divergent evolutionary histories (e.g. HGT events) or are located on separate DNA molecules (e.g. plasmids). The project is led by Dr. Stepanauskas, utilizes single cell genomics and other cutting-edge technologies, and takes advantage of significant bioinformatics support and computational resources at Bigelow Laboratory and collaborating institutions. Candidates must have a PhD degree or post-degree experience in relevant fields, such as evolution, bioinformatics and microbiology.
For researchers seeking an expert-guided, collaborative microbiome research partner, Second Genome Solutions offers high-quality, end-to-end research services which goes well beyond sequencing data to deliver clear insights into the microbiome. With focus and expertise unmatched by other service providers and most academic centers, Second Genome Solutions’ Microbiome Profiling Services enables breakthrough discoveries in microbiome science for all life scientists. As a member of our Research Solutions group, the bioinformatics analyst will be responsible for working with academic and industrial researchers to deliver highly insightful microbial community analyses across a host of different life science applications. The candidate should be broadly conversant with bioinformatics techniques for ‘omic data analysis and be interested in applying these techniques to microbiome studies. Proficiency in R is a must; other software development experience is a plus but not required. Candidate will be responsible for spearheading collaborative analyses of 16S data will engage directly with external researchers to understand their goals and design an analysis plan to support study objectives.
We seek to fill a full time Education and Broadening Participation Manager position within the new National Science Foundation STROBE Science and Technology Center for Real-Time Functional Imaging. The successful candidate will serve as the day-to-day project manager for STROBE activities directed to education and broadening participation. STROBE is a partnership of University of Colorado Boulder, UC Berkley, UC Los Angeles, UC Irvine, Fort Lewis College, and Florida International University. The mission of Strobe is to create powerful and broadly-applicable real time nano-to-atomic scale imaging modalities to advance imaging science and increase access, that can be used to address grand challenges in science and technology, while building a diverse STEM workforce. In addition to research, STROBE emphasizes knowledge transfer, education and broadening participation in the STEM workforce. For more information about STROBE, visit STROBE.colorado.edu. The goals of STROBE’s Education and Broadening Participation efforts are to develop, implement, assess and disseminate new education programs, innovative instructional materials, and models for other programs that inspire and prepare a diverse group of students to be innovative and globally competitive in imaging science and technology. STROBE will create unique learning approaches and experiences in imaging science through four core and integrated programmatic approaches that focus on transforming graduate programs, developing new pathways for those underrepresented in our fields, efforts in communication and engaging the public, and developing models for transdisciplinary STEM education. The successful candidate will be an employee of CU Boulder. The initial appointment will be for 24 months, renewable subject to University policies and the availability of funding. Review of applications will begin April 14, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled.
The Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO) at the University of California San Diego (http://scripps.ucsd.edu) invites applications for one or more full-time Researcher positions to be funded by extramural research grants and contracts. The Researcher series at SIO parallels the Professor series in terms of research and service, but carries no teaching requirements. Researchers receive nine-month appointments with 25% salary support from institutional sources. Researchers are expected to establish an externally funded research program that provides the remainder of their salary support, including an opportunity for summer salary. Researchers at SIO often obtain lecturer appointments in the SIO department and serve as graduate student advisors. Although the specific research area within ocean biosciences is open, candidates with interests and experience in marine genomics/bioinformatics, marine natural products, fisheries science, aquaculture, or marine resource policy are especially encouraged to apply. For full consideration, please apply by the April 18, 2017 deadline.
The Hamdan Lab, in the Division of Coastal Sciences at the University of Southern Mississippi seeks an exceptional student to participate in marine microbial ecology studies in deep-sea habitats. This funded position will support independent research on the effects of oil spills on benthic ecosystems in the Gulf of Mexico. The research assistantship will support (stipend, tuition, benefits) a highly motivated PhD or MS study for up to three years beginning in Fall 2017. A student is sought to conduct independent research that investigates microbial population structure, metabolic capability, biodiversity and biogeochemistry of benthic environments. This position will involve laboratory studies using molecular biological techniques (DNA extraction, amplification, sequencing), bioinformatics, classical approaches to environmental microbiology (microscopy, metabolic tracers), and analytical chemistry techniques (stable carbon isotope studies, elemental analysis, bulk carbon pool analysis). Individuals interested in this position should contact Dr. Leila Hamdan (firstname.lastname@example.org), and provide a cover letter outlining specific interests and experience in the study of marine microbial ecology or biogeochemistry and a curriculum vita. Application for Fall 2017 admission at USM is required.
The Hamdan Lab at the University of Southern Mississippi seeks a qualified and highly motivated individual for a Postdoctoral Research Scientist position. This position will support research on the effects of oil spills on benthic ecosystems in the Gulf of Mexico. Specifically sought is a Postdoc to investigate the long-term consequences of oil and chemical dispersant exposure on the preservation of 20th century historic steel shipwreck in the deep biosphere. The individual will design and implement ROV deployable seafloor experiments to monitor microbially induced corrosion. Individuals with experience with microbiology and biogeochemistry, with specific knowledge and molecular biological techniques (DNA extraction, amplification, sequencing) are encouraged to apply. Experience and proficiency in bioinformatics and statistical analysis is desired for this position as well as proficiency with analytical chemistry techniques, including hydrocarbon analysis. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in coastal or marine sciences, geomicrobiology, biogeochemistry or similar field. The hire will be encouraged to participate in the planning and execution of oceanographic research onboard USM’s research vessel Point Sur for periods of up to two weeks at sea, and contribute to student mentoring. Excellent written and oral communication skills are needed, as well as a commitment to developing peer-reviewed manuscripts. Pending funding, the position will support the hire for 3 years, starting as early as June 2017.
The Orsi lab at the University of Munich (Ludwig-Maximilians Universität München) is searching for a postdoctoral scholar within the framework of a newly funded project on microbial transcriptional activity in subseafloor sediment. The position involves the extraction and analysis of DNA and RNA from a high number of samples in order to constrain shared and unique biochemical subsistence strategies of subseafloor life. Desired skills in the ideal candidate are experience working with DNA and RNA from low biomass samples, and experience with bioinformatic analysis of large datasets of next generation sequencing data. The city of Munich is located less than 1 hour from the alps and hosts a vibrant and intellectually stimulating academic environment, that includes major Geoscience centers such as the Munich GeoCenter, Munich GeoBio Center, and Origins of Life Munich initiative. The position includes full benefits and is for two years, with the possibility for extension of an additional year (total of 3 years). The position also comes with the possibility (albeit not a requirement) for lecturing at the Bachelors and Masters level, depending on the candidates interests. Interested candidates should submit informal inquiries to Prof. Dr. William D. Orsi (email@example.com).
The International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) at Texas A&M University is seeking a qualified individual to oversee curation efforts in support of JOIDES Resolution expeditions and the IODP Gulf Coast Core Repository. The Curator is responsible for oversight of the IODP core and sample collections at the Gulf Coast Repository (GCR) and on JOIDES Resolution expeditions, conservation of the core collection for future use, and supervision of all personnel and activities in the Gulf Coast Repository. The Curator is also expected to develop innovative uses of the core collection and repository. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated experience in a supervisory/management position, including experience with financial, programmatic, reporting, and personnel management. We prefer a background in project management, curation, and familiarity with IODP core curation policies. In addition, the Curator may sail on IODP expeditions if curation support is required. Although the Curator is not expected to sail routinely, the ability to sail is mandatory. At sea, the Curator will be responsible for creating a sampling plan for each site, processing cores as they are received, and training and supervision of the science party in IODP curatorial practice. We will begin reviewing applications on April 1, 2017, but will continue to accept applications until candidates are selected for interviews.
The Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology and the Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences at Rutgers University invites applications for a full time, tenure track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor. We seek a highly creative, productive and collaborative scientist whose work addresses fundamental topics in the areas of marine microbial dynamics and the biogeochemical cycling of nutrients (e.g. nitrogen, carbon, phosphorous, silicon), the physiological ecology of microbes in their natural environment, viral/microbe dynamics, microbial evolution, and/or the microbial production of biomaterials.
The Hadal Science and Technology Research Center (HAST) of Shanghai Ocean University invites applications for two faculty positions, one in bioinformatics and one in proteomics. HAST was established to explore the largely unknown hadal zones of the world’s oceans. The center’s activities are a balanced mix of basic and translational scientific research with an emphasis on hadal technology development. We are in the final stage of developing a “movable laboratory” which includes three full ocean depth (FOD) landers, one FOD hybrid AUV/ROV unmanned vehicle (ARV), one FOD human occupied vehicle (HOV), and a dedicated mothership of 5000-ton displacement. Faculty position in Bioinformatics: Preference will be given to candidates conducting high impact research in one of the following areas: genomics, functional genomics, and computational biology algorithm development. Experience in metagenome, metatranscriptome and whole genome analysis is a plus. Faculty position in Proteomics: All areas of proteomic research will be considered, and we are particularly interested in those whose research deals with protein structure, function, and interactions. Applications from researchers with expertise in lipidomics, glycomics, or metabolomics or other biology based omics-disciplines are also encouraged. Candidates with the following qualifications are desired: in-depth understanding of both hardware and software of LC-electrospray MS; proficiency in LC-MS related software and data analysis; and experience in both top-down and bottom-up proteomics. Review and evaluation of applications will begin immediately. Applications will continue to be accepted until all available positions are filled. Contact: Dr. Jiasong Fang (firstname.lastname@example.org).
This RII Track-I project, named ‘Ike Wai (from the Hawaiian ‘ike, meaning knowledge, and wai, meaning water) tests the central hypothesis that hydrogeology of the Hawaiian islands depends critically on the internal structure of the volcano. ‘Ike Wai will collect new geophysical and groundwater chemistry and microbial data, integrate these data into new, detailed groundwater models, and generate a much improved understanding of subsurface water location, volume and flow paths. Data and outputs from ‘Ike Wai will provide decision making tools to address challenges to water sustainability from climate variability, increasing population demands, and water contamination. The successful applicants for these three-year postdoctoral positions will interact with scientists and students across disciplines and actively engage in professional development training in areas such as leadership, diversity, pedagogy and mentoring. Within the objectives and scope of ‘Ike Wai, applicants will have significant flexibility in defining projects that capitalize on the diverse expertise and collaborative interests of the team as they relate to water sustainability. ‘Ike Wai postdoctoral researchers will participate in a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and development of skills to engage with diverse communities in Hawai‘i and the Pacific on issues surrounding water sustainability. Applications due January 24, 2017.
Funding for a Ph.D. student is available starting Summer/Fall 2017 to work on an NSF-funded project in Isotope Biogeochemistry lab at the University of South Carolina. The goals of the project are to explore how microbes survive and thrive in a warm, high pH serpentinization system, to investigate the fate of deep sea organic matter as it passes through the rocky subsurface, and to determine whether small organic molecules are formed abiotically. This research has implications for the earliest development of life on Earth and other planets, and on Earth’s carbon cycle. Field work includes a 22-day oceanographic expedition with the remotely operated vehicle Jason to the Lost City Hydrothermal Field. Stipend and tuition support are available for the length of the project in a combination of research and teaching assistantships. We are looking for a motivated, curious, problem-solver who enjoys being in the lab and field. A background in chemistry and/or isotopes, HPLC, GC, or IC is particularly welcome. For additional information, please visit our website (http://www.seoe.sc.edu/lang-lab). Interested students can send a letter of interest, CV, and unofficial transcripts to Dr. Susan Lang at email@example.com and/or submit applications through the School of the Earth, Ocean and Environment (http://www.seoe.sc.edu/academicdegrees). Preference will be given to submission prior to January 27, 2017 but the position will remain open until filled.
We seek a biological oceanographer focused on understanding changing biological processes from the organismal to ecosystem levels. Areas of expertise may include, but are not limited to, food-web dynamics, benthic habitats, population ecology, and ecosystem modeling. The new hire will have access to the Marine Science Research Facilities, estuarine research on URI small boats, and the opportunity to participate in the active sea-going community of GSO on ships. Preference will be given to scientists conducting sea-going research in coastal or open-ocean regions. We invite applicants with a strong commitment to research, to excellence in teaching and mentorship of graduate and undergraduate students, and to outreach activities. The search will remain open until filled. First consideration will be given to applications received by 17 January 2017. Second consideration may be given to applications received by 15 February 2017.
The Hibbitt Early Career Fellows Program provides talented scientists a rare opportunity: the chance to set up research programs of their own as an alternative to traditional postdoctoral positions. Recent Ph.D. (or equivalent degree) graduates with proven excellence in research will be given the necessary resources to work as P.I.’s, free from financial constraints and distraction by formal faculty responsibilities. As their research program matures, Fellows will be able to attract funding from federal grants or other sources. Applications are encouraged in research areas that can benefit from and contribute to MBL’s strategic strengths, in particular those relevant to marine and aquatic organismal biology and/or marine microbial diversity and ecology. Hibbitt Early Career Fellows will be based at the MBL full-time. They will receive an annual salary plus benefits and an additional research and travel stipend. Application review begins January 1, 2017.
The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and the new Institute for Quantitative and Computational Biosciences (QCBio) at the University of California, Los Angeles are searching for a joint faculty appointment at the level of Assistant Professor. Candidates must have a PhD within the field of Biology, Microbiology and/or Computational Sciences. Quantitative and computational biologists working on the ecology or evolution of terrestrial or aquatic (including marine) microbiomes, microbial symbionts, and/or pathogens, at the level of populations or communities, are invited to apply. The competitive applicant will conduct conceptually oriented research that uses quantitative or computational approaches such as mathematical modeling, genomics/metagenomics, or network science. Research on naturally-occurring or laboratory systems will be considered, and experimental approaches and use of emerging technologies are encouraged. Review of applications will begin on January 15, 2017.
Two postdoctoral positions are available in Dr. Stepanauskas’ research group. Hired scientists will be engaged in a major effort to improve our understanding of the composition, functional capacity and microevolution of the marine microbiome, by taking advantage of the recent advances in single cell genomics, metagenomics and other cutting-edge technologies. One of the key goals is a quantitative analysis of horizontal gene transfer – a major evolutionary process that is expected to be important in ocean’s response to environmental changes but remains poorly understood. Candidates must have a PhD degree in a relevant field and significant experience in microbiology, evolution and bioinformatics. Excellent written and verbal communication skills and ability to work harmoniously in a collaborative research team are crucial. Anticipated employment duration: 2 years, with potential extension. Bigelow Laboratory’s new campus is located in scenic, coastal Maine with abundant opportunities for outdoor and cultural activities. It is about an hour drive from Portland and a 3-hour drive from Boston. For full consideration, the application should be received by January 15, 2017.
The Department of Geosciences at Princeton University announces competition for the 2016-2017 Harry Hess Fellows Program. This honorific postdoctoral fellowship program provides opportunities for outstanding geoscientists to work in the field of their choice. Research may be carried out independently or in collaboration with members of the Geosciences Department. One or more Hess Fellows may be appointed. Current areas of research include: Biogeochemical Cycles, Environmental Chemistry, Paleoclimatology, Paleontology, Geochronology, Earth History, Geochemistry, Geodynamics, Planetary Science, Tectonics, Seismology, Mineral Physics, Petrology, Geomicrobiology, Atmospheric Science, and Oceanography. Hess Fellowships provide a competitive annual salary, depending upon experience, along with a significant allowance for travel to meetings and for research support. Initial awards are for one year, with the possibility of renewal for additional years depending upon satisfactory performance and available funding. A preferred starting date is on or before September 1st, 2017. Applicants for the Hess Fellowship may also be considered for other available postdoctoral positions in the Geosciences Department. Applications are due by January 1, 2017, but evaluation of applications and interviews of candidates will begin immediately.
The Department of Earth and Environmental Science and the Center for Energy Research at the University of Pennsylvania seek graduate students interested in any of the following research areas: geomicrobiology, ecology, microbe-microbe and microbe-mineral interactions, biogeochemistry, ecophysiology and bioenergetics. Potential projects include: i) Microbial remediation of asbestos– This project provides the opportunity to interrogate microbe-mineral interactions in human-disposed minerals. ii) Bioenergetic principles of energy metabolism– This project will focus on the ecophysiology of hydrogenotrophic methanogenesis and/or Fe(III) reduction from marine geothermal environments. iii) Taxonomic classification– Isolation and characterization of novel chemosynthetic microorganisms from anoxic environments. The prospective students will be expected to work at the interface between geology, chemistry, and biology. If interested in learning more about this opportunity please contact Ileana Pérez- Rodríguez at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company (EMRE) has an immediate opening for a Member of Technical Staff at its Corporate Strategic Research laboratory located in Annandale, NJ. We are seeking a candidate in microbiology to join a team executing programs aimed at understanding and manipulating microbial metabolism as it applies to the oil and gas industry including petroleum microbiology, bioconversion, and microbial ecology. The successful candidate will participate in both experimental and analytical activities including cultivation and enrichment from environmental samples, and characterization of metabolism and physiology. Opportunities exist to participate in other activities including biofuels and microbial corrosion. A PhD in microbiology, biochemistry, or related field is required. The successful candidate must have a strong background and demonstrated scientific excellence in experimental microbiology and biochemistry. Previous experience with microbiology related to hydrocarbon environments, microbial physiology, molecular ecology, particularly anaerobic metabolism. Postdoctoral or industry research experience is desirable.
(1) Fresh Water. We are especially interested in applicants who will develop a world class research program involving the physics and/or chemistry of hydrologic systems and processes and will complement and potentially collaborate in areas such as hydrogeology, geomorphology, atmospheric science, climate dynamics, glaciology, and/or biogeochemistry. We welcome applicants who conduct research using laboratory, field, remote sensing, and/or modeling tools. Next review date: November 23, 2016. (2) Global Biogeochemistry. We are especially interested in applicants who integrate and apply computer modeling and/or field and laboratory observations to investigate the interactions of biogeochemical systems/processes across or at the interface of marine and terrestrial environments on regional to global scales, and on human to geologic time scales. Next review date: December 1, 2016.
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University invites applications for Postdoctoral Fellowships in the fields of Earth and environmental sciences. Candidates should have recently completed their Ph.D. or should expect to complete their degree requirements by September 2017. Researchers at the Observatory work to understand the dynamics of the Earth’s chemical, physical and biological systems, from the core to the upper atmosphere, including Earth’s interactions with human society. Our scientists lead research in the fields of solid Earth dynamics; ocean, atmospheric and climate systems; cryospheric dynamics; paleoclimate and biogeoscience. The principal selection criteria for Fellows are scientific excellence and a clearly expressed plan to investigate problems at the forefront of Earth science. Applications from all related fields are welcomed. Fellowships are supported institutionally for 24 months, include a $7,500 research allowance, and carry an annual salary of $64,000. Successful candidates will be encouraged to apply for external funding and may be eligible for further internal awards and positions. LDEO is especially interested in qualified candidates whose record of achievement will contribute to the diversity of the Observatory’s scientific personnel. The deadline for applications is November 14, 2016.
The Department of Mineral Sciences invites applications for the position of Research Geologist in biomineralogy. Preference will be given to those whose primary research focuses on study of and understanding biologically-mediated minerals and/or biologically-mediated mineral processes using existing or new techniques typically employed in the field of mineralogy or environmental mineralogy. Examples include but are not limited to the impacts of microbial or other biological activity on mineral alteration, mineral weathering, corrosion, mineralization, mineral formation, and metal redox transformations. The selected candidate will be expected to build an outstanding research program, and contribute to the growth and curation of the National Mineral Collection, particularly in the area of biominerals and other environmentally relevant minerals. Applicants should fully utilize the existing analytical strengths of the Dept. of Mineral Sciences, with instrumentation that includes field emission electron microprobe, field emission variable pressure analytical SEM, XRD, FTIR, fluid inclusion heating/freezing unit, cathodoluminescence microscope and spectrometer, biomineralogy laboratory, and experimental high-pressure and hydrothermal laboratories. Application deadline: November 11, 2016.
The Department of Biology at Portland State University (PSU) invites outstanding applicants for a Tenure Track Assistant or Associate Professor position in molecular, cellular, or physical biology, whose research program focuses broadly on areas of extremes in cellular environments. Such areas could include cellular responses to toxins or stress, fungal, protist, or other microbial adaptations to novel or pathogenic environments, tumor microenvironments, subcellular microenvironments, as well as other areas of innovative research. The successful candidate will be expected to have a Ph.D. and/or M.D. as well as a strong postdoctoral record, maintain an independent and collaborative grant-funded research program, participate in the Biology graduate program, and contribute to teaching in the cell and molecular biology curriculum at both the undergraduate and graduate level. PSU has strong working collaborations with nearby Oregon Health and Science University and the ability to utilize these collaborative opportunities would be considered a plus but not essential. Review of applications will begin November 1, 2016 and will continue until the position is filled.
Summary of duties: Teaching duties include delivering approximately 18 credit hours of instruction per year (semester calendar), primarily in lower-level courses. Research duties include conducting research in accordance with the expectations of the School of Earth Sciences. Service duties encompass contributions to the campus, department, university, and communities in the region. Required Qualifications: PhD in earth sciences, a culturally responsive pedagogy appropriate for a racially and ethnically diverse student population, a documented record of excellence in teaching at the undergraduate level, and the ability to produce research publishable in scholarly journals. Ohio State Newark faculty are members of their respective departments headquartered at the Columbus campus. Teaching responsibilities are at the Newark campus and instruction takes place in small classes, which facilitates careful attention to student needs. The Newark campus values outreach to communities in the region.
The Department of Earth Science at Rice University is inviting applications for the Wiess Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship in the broad fields of Earth, atmospheric, and planetary sciences. Applicants must have a Ph.D. awarded within three years of the time of appointment. The research fellowship will be supported by the Department of Earth Science for two years pending satisfactory progress in their first year. The fellowship covers an annual stipend of $60,000 with a benefits package and an additional annual discretionary research allowance of $3,500. Applicants are requested to develop a proposal of research to be undertaken during the fellowship period. The principal selection criteria are scientific excellence and a clearly expressed research plan to address questions at the forefront of Earth science, broadly defined. Applicants are encouraged to explore possible research synergies with faculty in the Department of Earth Science (http://earthscience.rice.edu), but the proposed research should encompass independent research ideas and explore new directions beyond the applicant’s Ph.D. Preference will be given to candidates whose proposals demonstrate independence and originality, but also the potential for collaboration with one or more faculty in the Department of Earth Science. Application deadline: November 15, 2016.
The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the fields of climate, carbon cycling, or paleoclimatology. The ideal candidate will study climate or the effects of climate change in modern systems and/or over Cenozoic Earth history. Areas of interest include but are not limited to: paleoclimatology and records of consequent environmental change; elemental cycling and associated climate feedbacks; the response of terrestrial, marine, and/or freshwater systems to climate change. The candidate is expected to employ quantitative tools and ideally will integrate field observations with laboratory measurements. The successful candidate is also expected to develop a vigorous, externally funded research program, maintain a strong publication record, teach a range of undergraduate and graduate courses, advise students, and be active in university service. We are seeking candidates who will complement our research programs in biogeochemistry and environmental geology as well as foster collaboration with environmental scientists across the Washington University community. Applications should be received by November 1, 2016 to ensure full consideration.
The Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium for Research and Education (LUMCON) seeks to hire at least three new Assistant Professors in the first phase of multi-year faculty expansion. We seek candidates in the following areas of coastal science: fisheries ecology, coastal hydrology/physical oceanography, plant ecology, biological oceanography, microbial ecology, and marine chemistry. Candidates should have notable research achievements, demonstration of funded research, or potential for funded research, and a commitment to education and outreach. Review of applicants has been extended to November 1, 2016 and will continue until the positions are filled.
The Gulf Coast Research Laboratory at the University of Southern Mississippi (gcrl.usm.edu) is seeking a qualified and highly motivated individual for a postdoctoral research scientist position in the laboratory of Dr. Leila Hamdan. The research will be related to the study of marine microbial communities in the deep sea, focusing on the biodiversity surrounding shipwreck ecosystems. Highly successful candidates would have experience with microbiology and biogeochemistry, with specific knowledge and expertise in molecular biological techniques (DNA extraction, amplification, sequencing). Experience and proficiency in bioinformatics and statistical analysis is highly desired and needed for this position. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in coastal or marine sciences, environmental microbiology or similar field. The main job responsibilities will be data analysis and manuscript preparation. Fieldwork is not a requirement of the position, but opportunities are available to participate in, and design at sea studies in the Gulf of Mexico, onboard USM’s research vessel Point Sur. Excellent written and oral communication skills are needed, as well as a commitment to developing peer-reviewed manuscripts. The position is for immediate hire. Review of applicants will begin immediately and proceed until the position is filled.