Postdoctoral Research Associate in Environmental Chemistry

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Postdoctoral Research Associate in Environmental Chemistry

Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi

S&E - Physical & Environmental Sciences

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Corpus Christi, Texas

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  • A Postdoctoral research associate position in Environmental Chemistry is available in the Department of Physical & Environmental Sciences. This is a grant-funded position with 2 years of support and the potential for additional time contingent upon additional grant funding. This successful candidate will conduct research for a project recently funded by the Matagorda Bay Mitigation Trust ( to study the presence and interactions of mercury (Hg) and plastic debris in water, sediment and fisheries within the Lavaca/Matagorda and San Antonio Bay systems in coastal Texas.

  • Project management/coordination/development
  • Coordination and lead field research conducted in the Lavaca/Matagorda and San Antonio Bay systems under the guidance of Dr. Conkle.
  • Preparation, processing and analysis of samples collected
  • Data analysis, manuscript writing and publication of peer-reviewed research
  • Development of grant writing skills under the guidance of Dr. Conkle
  • Mentoring graduate and undergraduate students
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Assisting with other microplastic and organic contaminant research within our lab
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

  • Doctoral degree in Chemistry (Environmental or Analytical Focus), Ecotoxicology, Environmental Science, Ecology, Oceanography/Marine Science or related field by the position start date.
  • Experience planning and carrying out field work.
  • Research on contaminants in terrestrial and aquatic systems.
  • Knowledge of coastal and estuarine systems.
  • Contaminant analysis with analytical instrumentation.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Research experience with plastic debris, microplastics or other similar materials.
  • Experience with the following analytical instrumentation:
    • FTIR w/ATR
    • FTIR microscopy w/ATR
    • GC-MS/MS
    • LC-MS
    • LC-Orbitrap fusion
  • Experience driving and trailering boats as well as pulling boats on a trailer.
  • Experience planning and carrying out field work in remote locations.

  • Review of applications will begin May 14th, 2021 and continue until a suitable candidate has been hired. For questions, contact Dr. Jeremy L. Conkle at [email protected]. Additional information about Dr. Conkle's Coastal Health & Water Quality lab, including ongoing research, facilities and instrumentation can be found on his website:
  • For full consideration, applicants must submit the following documents:

    a. A cover letter highlighting your background and research interests in no more than 2 pages.

    b. CV

    c. Contact information for 3 references.
  • The expected hire date for this position is between June 15th, 2021 and August 1st, 2021.

All positions are security-sensitive. Applicants are subject to a criminal history investigation, and employment is contingent upon the institution's verification of credentials and/or other information required by the institution's procedures, including the completion of the criminal history check.

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Posted: 4/29/2021
Application Due: 4/29/2033
Work Type: Full Time