Postdoctoral Research Associate I

Location
Tucson, AZ
Posted
Sep 10, 2020
Position Type
Postdoc
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
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We seek a creative post-doctoral scientist with experience in using molecular (metagenomic) tools and stable isotope biogeochemical tracers to investigate microbial and associated carbon gas (CO2 and CH4) dynamics in arctic wetlands being transformed by global climate change. Focus: microbial ecology and biogeochemistry using Stable Isotope Probing in an arctic wetlandInstitution: Ecology & Evol. Biology and Environmental Sciences, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ.Start Date: Fall 2020

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, vision, and life insurance; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities
  • The candidate will analyze metagenomic andamplicon microbial sequence data from a stable isotope probing experiment,integrate that with tracer-labeled metabolomic and gas flux data and summarizethe analysis for publication. 
  • The science goals of this project are todiscover how microbial community composition and carbon-cycling metabolismrespond to changing plant litter inputs along a gradient of climate changeinduced permafrost thaw. 
  • This one-year position is based at UniversityArizona, but will be co-advised by the Project PI at Ohio State University.
  • This is an interdisciplinary research program, and as such the position will beco-advised by mentors in metabolomic science, ecosystem science, and microbialecology.   

Minimum Qualifications
  • Candidates must have received a PhD within the past five years (60months) or within the next few months from an accredited college or university.
  • A demonstrable strong technical background in the relevant technical methods and strongscience background in arctic ecology and biogeochemistry is required.
  • Experience in using molecular (metagenomic) tools and stable isotope biogeochemical tracers to investigate microbial and associated carbon gas (CO2 and CH4) dynamics in arctic wetlands being transformed by global climate change.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience working with environmental samples. The ideal candidate will have experience in laboratory techniques and field sampling.
  • Experience in handling and analyzing diverse types of datasets (including high-dimensional omics data) using contemporary scripting languages such as R, MATLAB, and/or Python.
  • Experience demonstrating strong written and oral communication skills in their work, and experience displaying significant motivation to publish in the peer reviewed literature.
  • Experience working in team-based interdisciplinary science, and experience in work independently when required.
FLSA Exempt Full Time/Part Time Full Time Number of Hours Worked per Week 40+ Job FTE 1.0 Work Calendar Fiscal Job Category Research Benefits Eligible Yes - Full Benefits Rate of Pay $48,000 Compensation Type salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE) Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive) Number of Vacancies 1 Target Hire Date Expected End Date Contact Information for Candidates Scott Saleska
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