Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Job description

Job Details and Requirement:

**Please note submission of a cover letter and resume are required for consideration.**  



This position is responsible for conducting research in collaboration with Professor Sarah Gilman. This position is for a maximum of twelve months and is supported through a grant funded by the National Science Foundation, with an anticipated end-date of May 31, 2020.  The research goals are to use a combination of laboratory studies, computer modeling, and field experiments to test the relative influence of temperature stress and energy limitation on the upper vertical limit of an intertidal barnacle (Balanus glandula)





Reporting to Professor Gilman, the postdoctoral researcher performs the following essential duties and responsibilities, in collaboration with Professor Gilman and any undergraduate students in the lab:

Expand and develop MatLab-based computer code to model barnacle growth under varying food and temperature conditions (40%). Conducts laboratory experiments on the respiration and feeding rates of barnacles under different thermal and tidal regimes (20%). Designs and implements field experiments, at sites in California and Washington states, to test computer model predictions (10%). Analyzes resulting data and writes manuscripts for publications (10%). Mentors and supervises undergraduate research students in the lab (20%). Maintains basic laboratory organization, including the stocking of reagents and ordering of equipment.  (5%). Gains teaching experience by co-teaching an undergraduate course with Professor Gilman (optional – 5%).  Performs other essential duties and tasks specific to the position.

The exact percent of time on task will vary by year, estimates are included in parentheses.




Ph.D. in Ecology, Marine Biology, Physiology or a related field is required


A minimum of 1 year of experience in coding or computer modeling (Matlab or R preferred) and either whole animal respirometry or experimental intertidal field ecology. 


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 a basic understanding of experimental design and statistical analysis including the use of analysis Software (e.g. SPSS, R or SAS), and a familiarity with standard procedures for intertidal field experiments.

Operate standard respirometry equipment to take oxygen consumption measurements of study animals.

Demonstrate a basic knowledge of computer programming in Matlab or similar software.

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

Operate computers with basic Microsoft Office software (such as Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint).

Handle all activities with patience, discretion, good judgment, courtesy and tact while working with people from a wide variety of backgrounds.

Operate the College’s vehicles safely for off-campus-related work and meet all insurance-related requirements. 




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.  Travel may be required.  Regular hours may vary due to needs of the College or division.  This is a 12 month position.



This is an exempt position.

This is a regular full-time position.

This is a benefits-eligible position.


Physical Requirements:                Moderate (20-50 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.

Claremont McKenna College hires and promotes individuals on the basis of their qualifications, consistent with applicable state and federal laws, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, breastfeeding or related medical condition, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, marital status, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic characteristic or information, military and veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law.  Inquiries may be directed to the Director for Human Resources, 528 N. Mills Avenue, Claremont, California 91711-4015, (909) 621-8490.  All applicants must complete and submit an online application to be considered for an open position.

Employment is contingent upon new employee providing documents verifying U.S. citizenship or, for aliens, documents verifying legal permission to work in the United States, applicant's acceptability for positions requiring use of a college vehicle is contingent upon a driving record acceptable to the College's automobile liability insurance. Promotion from within is encouraged whenever qualified employees of Claremont McKenna College are available. Interested employees of the College are urged to contact the Office of Human Resources if qualified for any open position. Please do not contact departments directly.


Disability Accommodations                                                                                    

In compliance with applicable laws ensuring equal opportunities to qualified individuals with a disability, CMC will make reasonable accommodations for the known physical or mental limitations of an otherwise qualified individual (applicant or employee) with a disability if the disability affects the performance of essential job functions, unless the accommodation results in an undue hardship for the College. Employment decisions are based on the merit and not an individual’s disability.               


An applicant or employee who requires an accommodation should contact the immediate supervisor and the Human Resources Office. If multiple accommodations are identified that do not pose an undue hardship for the College, the selection of an accommodation will be at CMC’s discretion. To request disability accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process, please contact Human Resources at (909) 621-8490 or [email protected] for assistance.




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Job No: REQ-1178
Posted: 12/3/2018
Application Due: 2/1/2019
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