Postdoctoral Investigator, Biology

Haverford College
Mar 22, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Summary:

Haverford College seeks to hire a full time, exempt, fully benefits eligible Postdoctoral Investigator in Marine Phytoplankton Transcriptomics. The initial appointment is for one year and continued funding is available for an additional 12 months contingent upon satisfactory progress. Support is provided for both workshop travel and career development. The position is available starting June 1st.

 The postdoctoral investigator will take the lead in conducting experiments associated with PI Whalen's NSF grant. He/she will perform research, execute data analysis, present in both oral and written form their results, be expected to attend conferences and workshops to promote their career development, and assist Dr. Whalen in training undergraduate Senior Research students. During their tenure of employment, the Postdoctoral Investigator will have the opportunity, if they desire, to be involved in fieldwork, teaching, and outreach opportunities during their tenure.

An NSF-sponsored Postdoctoral Investigator position investigating the transcriptomic response of marine phytoplankton to bacterial signaling molecules is available in the Department of Biology at Haverford College.  The Postdoctoral Investigator will work as part of a collaborative team at Haverford College, Skidaway Institution of Oceanography, and the University of Rhode Island. The research will focus on the complex cellular response of Emiliania huxleyi to bacterial infochemicals using a transcriptomic approach complemented by quantitative PCR in order to determine gene expression patterns induced by signaling molecules present in the phycosphere. Implications for how bacterial signaling molecules drive phytoplankton population dynamics, and ultimately biogeochemical fluxes, will be explored. The Postdoctoral Investigator will work closely with the Bioinformatics Core Coordinator for the Rhode Island IdEA Network for Excellence in Biomedical Research (RI-INBRE) at the College of Pharmacy at the University of Rhode Island to carry out both transcriptomic profiling and bacterial metagenomic analysis of both laboratory and field (mesocosm) based samples.

Education, Training, & Experience:

Ph.D. with no more than four years of postdoctoral experience

A strong background in computational analysis (RNA-seq) and multivariate statistical analysis via GLM is required. The ideal candidate must be highly motivated and a recent Ph.D. (within the past four years). Candidates with experience in cell biology, molecular biology, oceanography, and/or ecological physiology are strongly encouraged to apply. Experience in phytoplankton culturing is desirable, but not necessary.

Physical Demands and Environmental Conditions Required of this Position

  • Lifting (to exert strength to move objects from one place to another):
  • Sedentary Lifting: (0-10 pounds) Up to three hours
  • Light Lifting (10-20 pounds): Up to three hours
  • Moderate Lifting (20-50 pounds): Up to three hours
  • Heavy Lifting (50 to 100 pounds): Up to three hours
  • Pulling (to exert force upon an abject to move or change its direction: Up to three hours
  • Pushing (to draw an object toward oneself to move or change its direction): Up to three hours
  • Carrying (to hold objects while moving entire body): Three to six hours
  • Reaching or working above shoulder (to extend arms upward or outward away from body): Three to six hours
  • Walking (to move entire body in erect position): Three to six hours
  • Standing (to maintain body in erect posture in stationary position): Three to six hours
  • Sitting (to rest weight on buttocks and back of thighs with legs bent at knees): Three to six hours
  • Crouching/Stooping (to bend upper body forward while fully flexing knees): Up to three hours
  • Kneeling (to maintain upper body in erect position while resting knees on ground): Up to three hours
  • Climbing (to ascend or descent heights using ladders, scaffolding, stairs, poles, inclined surfaces): Up to three hours
  • Twisting (to rotate upper body while feet remain stationary): Up to three hours
  • Driving (operating a motor vehicle, crane, tractor, forklift, etc.): Never
  • Exposure Limitation (i.e., cold water, dust, gas, fumes, extreme temperatures): Up to three hours

To Apply: Interested candidates should submit an application, to include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a two-page statement of research interests, and the names and contact information of three references to To receive full consideration, please apply by Friday, March 31st. Evaluation of applications will continue until the position is filled.

Haverford College has a longstanding commitment to diversity rooted in values of inclusion and social justice, a commitment reflected in the academic program, lived experience, and composition of the College community. Haverford welcomes applications from candidates who share these values and who will contribute to the College’s educational mission. 

Haverford College is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer. 

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