Postdoctoral Research Associate - Buck Lab

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Posting NumberG/R10315PWorking TitlePostdoctoral Research Associate - Buck LabDepartmentVPR-Skidaway Inst OceanographyAbout the University of Georgia

The University of Georgia (UGA), a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities is the state’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education ( UGA is currently ranked among the top 20 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University’s main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA was founded in 1785 by the Georgia General Assembly as the first state-chartered University in the country. UGA employs approximately 1,800 full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,600 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 36,000 students including over 27,500 undergraduates and over 8,500 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 17 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.

About the College/Unit/Department

The University of Georgia’s Skidaway Institute of Oceanography (SkIO) is a multidisciplinary research institution located on a 700 acre campus on Skidaway Island. The Institute’s primary goals are to further understanding of marine and environmental sciences, conduct leading edge research on marine and coastal systems, and train tomorrow’s scientists. Our campus is also a host to Georgia Southern University’s Applied Coastal Research Lab, NOAA Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary, The University of Georgia’s Marine Education Center and Aquarium, and The Nature Conservancy.

Skidaway Institute of Oceanography is home to the R/V Savannah. The R/V Savannah is operated by the Institute and is a member of the University National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS) fleet.

College/Unit/Department websitewww.skio.uga.eduEmployment TypeEmployeeAdditional Schedule InformationAdvertised SalaryAnticipated Start Date01/02/2021Posting Date10/08/2020Closing DateOpen Until FilledYesSpecial Instructions to ApplicantsLocation of VacancySavannah Area EOO Statement

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR ([email protected]).


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Perform deployment, upkeep, and monitoring of sampling equipment. Provide rapid response to rainstorm events to collect rainfall samples and perform sample processing and analysis by ion chromatography.

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Perform data analysis as needed for the research project and prepare presentations.

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Timely dissemination of project results in peer-reviewed publications and presentations,

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Contribute to the functioning of the lab group, and, as needed, assistance with graduate and undergraduate student mentoring.

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Classification TitlePost-Doctoral Associate ADFLSAExemptUGA Job CodeJob FamilyFTE1.0Minimum QualificationsPosition Summary

Perform (NSF grant-funded) research on a collaborative project which seeks to characterize the impacts of epiphytes (the plants that live on other plants) on their surroundings during rain storms. The goals of this project are to assess/compare rainwater uptake, storage, evaporation, and drainage dynamics for three common epiphytes, evaluate ecohydrological traits that underlie epiphyte’s water balance and determine their vulnerability to projected climate changes, quantify/compare epiphyte alterations to rainfall solute characteristics, and scale findings to estimate the relative stand-level influence of epiphytes on net rainwater/solute fluxes.

Relevant/Preferred Education, Experience, Licensure, Certification in Position

Ph.D. from an accredited college or university in Environmental Science or Chemistry, Hydrometeorology, Ecohydrology, Plant Biology, or a related field at the time of appointment.

Experience with chemical research in the natural environment is preferred. Expertise with ion chromatography for the analysis of dissolved compounds is preferred but training will be provided as necessary.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies

Independently motivated and enthusiastic about research.

Excellent command of the English language (written and verbal) and quantitative analytical skills are essential.

Physical Demands

Sitting for long periods of time.

Operate in a climate/non-climate controlled environments.

Is this a Position of Trust?YesDoes this position have operation, access, or control of financial resources? NoDoes this position require a P-Card? NoIs having a P-Card an essential function of this position? NoIs driving a requirement of this position?YesDoes this position have direct interaction or care of children under the age of 18 or direct patient care?NoDoes this position have Security Access (e.g., public safety, IT security, personnel records, patient records, or access to chemicals and medications)NoPosting Specific Questions

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Posted: 10/9/2020
Application Due: 1/7/2021
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