Postdoctoral Research Associate
Post Doctoral Research Associate - Metagenomics investigation of novel nitrogen cycling microbes in the marine environment Location: Princeton, NJ Open Date: March 2021 Description The Ward lab in the Department of Geosciences at Princeton University is seeking a motivated postdoctoral or more senior research associate to explore the pathways and mechanisms of nitrogen transformations in marine systems (oxygen minimum zones, estuaries, coastal environment). This project seeks molecular and biochemical evidence to explain novel nitrogen transformations detected in seawater using metagenomics databases as well as targeted analysis of experimental samples. The initial appointment will be for one year, with the possibility for renewal for an additional year contingent upon satisfactory performance and available funding. The preferred start date is 1 March 2021, although this may be adjusted to a mutually-agreed date. The successful applicant will join a diverse lab group in an intellectually broad department, with opportunities for collaboration with scientists working in many aspects of oceanography, climate and environmental sciences. The PI is committed to providing mentorship that facilitates diverse career options going forward. Opportunities for mentoring graduate and undergraduate student researchers are available. COVID conditions: The laboratory facilities at Princeton University are currently functioning under COVID-safe conditions, subject to University and New Jersey state guidelines. It may be necessary for this work to be performed remotely, depending on COVID conditions. See the University webpage https://ehs.princeton.edu/health-safety-the-campus-community/covid-19-information-and-resources for updates. Qualifications Applicants must have a PhD in molecular microbiology/oceanography, bioinformatics, or a related field; peer-reviewed publications; and enthusiasm and drive for independent and collaborative research. Strong candidates will also be creative and independent thinkers, have effective oral and written communication skills, and possess the ability to collaborate with and mentor a diversity of colleagues including graduate and undergraduate students. Application Instructions Applicants must submit the following: (1) cover letter, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) a description of relevant research experience and motivation/interest in the current position (1 page maximum), and (4) contact information (including telephone numbers and e-mail addresses) for three professional references. All application materials must be submitted online on the Princeton University Academic Hiring website at https://www.princeton.edu/acad-positions/position/18663. Review of applications will begin 1 January 2021 and continue until the position is filled. Questions regarding the search and position may be sent to Bess Ward ([email protected]). This position is subject to the University's background check policy. Princeton University is an equal opportunity employer/affirmative action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.