Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Position #2246

Claremont, California
Apr 21, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution


This position is responsible for conducting research under the umbrella of the Luce-funded EnviroLab Asia Postdoctoral researcher with Profs Branwen Williams and Marc Los Huertos. The research goals are to explore biogeochemical cycling in coastal environments in east Asia to address research questions related to land use change, aquaculture, watershed management and/or coastal geomorphology. 


Reporting to Profs Branwen Williams and Marc Los Huertos, the postdoc research will work collaboratively to perform the following essential duties and responsibilities:

1. Develop and interpret dataset of biogeochemical cycling in east Asia (40%)
2. Oversee instrumental analyses at the Claremont Colleges (15%)
3. Co-write manuscripts for publication (10%)
4. Train and mentor undergraduate researchers on their own research projects (15%)
5. Teach one combined lecture and lab course (= two course credits) a year with close mentoring from Claremont faculty (20%)

The exact percent of time on the above duties will vary depending on progression of the research aims and are subject to change as the project continues; time allocation estimates are included in parentheses.

PhD in Environmental Science, Geology, Biology, Ecology, or related field.

A minimum of two years of experience in biogeochemistry with a focus in any of the following categories: hydro-balance, mass-balance modelling, watershed management, coastal geomorphology, aquaculture, or related field. Applicants who express a strong interest or demonstrated experience in east Asia are of particular interest.

A valid driver’s license or equivalent means of reliable transportation to off-site meetings and events is required.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, and ABILITIES: Individual must possess knowledge, skills, and ability to be able to successfully perform the essential functions of the position, or be able to explain or demonstrate how the essential functions will be performed, with or without reasonable accommodation, using some other combination of knowledge skills and abilities.

Demonstrate effective, accurate and clear communication with excellent verbal, written, interpersonal, reading, and leadership skills to supervise, facilitate, motivate and inspire a diverse group of undergraduate students (student volunteers and/or student employees).

Operate computers with basic Microsoft Office software (such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint), Adobe Photoshop and/or Illustrator, and statistical/modeling software (such as R or Matlab).

Handle all activities with patience, discretion, good judgment, courtesy, tact, and strong self-motivation while working independently on personal duties/goals and also with individuals (particularly undergraduates) from a wide variety of backgrounds and skill levels to accomplish designated goals in a timely manner.

Use exceptional organizational and time management skills to complete work with accuracy and a keen attention to detail. 

REQUIRED HOURS: The regular hours for this full time position are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday – Friday. Holiday, weekend and evening work hours may be required periodically for certain routine duties including insect husbandry/maintenance, and also accomplishing research goals in a timely manner, as determined by the PI. Regular hours may vary due to needs of the College or division. This is a 24-month position with the need to start by August 1st, 2017.

This is an exempt position.
This is a regular, full-time position.
This is a benefits-eligible position.

IPEDS Category Job Code: 25-9000 Education, Training and Library Occupations

Physical Requirements: Moderate (up to 30 lbs.)


GROOMING AND APPEARANCE: The Claremont Colleges seek to maintain a neat and professional image at all times. 

BACKGROUND CHECK: The successful candidate will be required to undergo a full consumer background check. Certain positions will require the successful completion of a post-offer physical agility test. Employment is contingent on the satisfactory results of the aforementioned, in addition to compliance with requirements cited in this job description.

ADA/OSHA: This job description defines the essential or fundamental job duties of this position. It is assumed that employees hired for this position can perform the essential functions of this job without imposing risk of substantial harm to the health or safety of themselves or others. It may also include marginal functions, generally defined within Title 1 of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

DISCLAIMER: This job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to this position. When duties and responsibilities change and develop, the College will review this job description and make changes of business necessity. 

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