Post doctoral Researcher in Microplastics

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The University of the South in Sewanee, TN is seeking an early career postdoctoral researcher (graduated from their PhD within the last 5 years) with knowledge in analytical chemistry, toxicology, or a related field to conduct research on freshwater microplastics within the Department of Earth and Environmental Systems and Department of Biology. The position is a fixed-term position of a period of 2 years, with possible extension depending on funding.

The objective of the project is to characterize the abundance and distribution of microplastics within the watershed of the Tennessee River system, including tributaries of the Tennessee River, groundwater, lakes and wetlands. A major research goal is to improve methodology for quantification of microplastics in freshwater ecosystems with the use of a Raman microscope. In addition, the candidate will begin examination of the prevalence of microplastics in the aquatic food chain. Additional research projects may be developed as time allows, particularly those that include mentoring Sewanee undergraduates in research experiences.

The candidate will also help establish a research relationship with the Tennessee Aquarium Conservation Institute in Chattanooga, TN with the goal of broad dissemination of research results from this project, as well as sharing other work about the impact of microplastics in aquatic environments. Experience in science communication or outreach is preferred.

- Conduct the specified program of research under the supervision and direction of the Principal Investigator.
- Attend and regularly present results at project progress meetings including both Sewanee faculty and Aquarium scientists.
- Mentor Sewanee undergraduate students in research projects as appropriate.
- Engage in the dissemination of the results of the research through presentations, publications, and public outreach.

The candidate must hold a PhD in biology, environmental chemistry, geology, or other closely related field. A documented completed degree is a prerequisite for employment.

We are primarily looking for applicants who have experience with aquatic contaminants.

The successful candidate should have excellent writing skills with experience of report writing or publications in high impact journals preferred. Experience in R statistics or other statistical packages is desirable but not essential. The candidate should be well organized and have excellent communication skills, with both the scientific community as well as the general public. Additionally, the candidate must have experience in conducting field work.

Please submit your cover letter, CV, graduate transcripts (unofficial accepted), and contact details of three references* through the online application portal.

*Submit contact details of three references under Letter of Recommendation 1.

The candidate must hold a valid drivers license and be prepared to work at both The University of the South in Sewanee, TN and the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga, TN.

The University of the South comprises a well-regarded College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and a distinguished School of Theology. It is an institution of the Episcopal Church that welcomes individuals of all backgrounds. The University is located on a striking, 13,000-acre campus on Tennessee’s Cumberland Plateau.

The University of the South is an equal opportunity educational institution that is committed to creating and maintaining a diverse and inclusive campus environment.

Eligibility for employment is contingent upon successful prescreening.




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Posted: 9/20/2019
Application Due: 12/19/2019
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