Postdoctoral Researcher: Marine microbiology ecology
- Clark University
- Location: Worcester, Massachusetts
- Category: Admin-Other Administrative Positions
- Posting Date: 04/16/2021
- Application Deadline: Open until filled
About Clark University:
Founded in 1887, Clark was one of the first all-graduate institutions in the United States. Today the University is a highly-ranked, student-centered institution educating approximately 2,350 undergraduate and 1,150 graduate students to be imaginative and contributing citizens of the world and to advance the frontiers of knowledge and understanding through rigorous scholarship and creative effort. This commitment to scholarship and inquiry reflects the University's commitment to "challenge convention and change our world" and to address issues of critical importance to society. It is also reflected by Clark's many national and international distinctions, including recognition for its diversity and inclusion efforts, innovation, community engagement and impact, as a top green campus, and for having a distinguished geography and international development program. Clark has also been included in the groundbreaking Colleges that Change Lives guide since it was first published in 1996.
Clark is located in Worcester, Massachusetts, a dynamic, diverse city "on the rise." The second largest city in New England, Worcester is home to 11 institutions of higher learning and is increasingly recognized for its growing healthcare and biotechnology communities, its thriving cultural scene, and as a vibrant food hub
Postdoctoral researcher: Marine microbiology ecology will conduct research on host range, community dynamics, and comparative genomics of marine cyanobacteria (Synechococcus) and their phages (cyanophage) in Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island in collaboration with Dr. Marcie Marston (Roger Williams University). More information about the project can be found here: https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=2023175 . The project will include isolation, genome sequencing, and analysis of hundreds of cyanobacteria and phage in relation to host range patterns and genetic time-series analysis of their populations. Applicants therefore must have a strong background in bioinformatics and skills in comparative genomics or analysis of amplicon sequence data. The researcher will receive training and mentorship in teaching methods (pedagogy) and have the opportunity to design and teach learning modules or courses in the department related to their research. The postdoctoral researcher will also have the opportunity to mentor and supervise graduate and undergraduate researchers in our lab group. More information about Dr. Ahlgren's lab group can be found here: https://nahlgren.wordpress.com/ . The fellow will be encouraged to participate in Clark University's certificate program in diversity and inclusion, reflecting the PI's and institution's commitment to create a more equitable, just, and compassionate community.
Start date: Negotiable but may begin as soon as June 1, 2021.
Duration: One year with the possibility of renewal for two additional years, subject to satisfactory performance.
- PhD in microbiology, molecular biology, bioinformatics, biological oceanography, or related field of relevance to the project.
- Evidence of previous research experience in microbiology and/or bioinformatics
- Strong skills in bioinformatics and working with large sets of genomic and/or amplicon sequencing data.
- Excellent communication skills, including written and spoken English
- Ability to work independently and with a team of faculty (Dr. Ahlgren & Dr. Marston) and graduate and undergraduate researchers
- Effective interpersonal, organizational, and time-management skills
- Interest in improving their skills in teaching and integrating research activities with teaching undergraduate or graduate courses.
Desired skills and experience:
- Experience in isolating and culturing bacteria and/or viruses
This is a Full-time position with excellent benefits, which include employee and family tuition benefits, 4 weeks' vacation, generous retirement plan, free use of campus fitness center and many more.
Clark University embraces equal opportunity and affirmative action as core values: we believe that cultivating an environment that embraces and promotes diversity is fundamental to the success of our students, our employees and our community. This commitment applies to every aspect of education, services, and employment policies and practices at Clark. Our commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring and retention. All positions at Clark share in the responsibility for building a community that values diversity and the uniqueness of others by exhibiting integrity and respect in interacting with all members of the Clark community to create an atmosphere of fairness and belonging. We strongly encourage members from historically underrepresented communities, inclusive of all women, to apply.
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All applications must include:
1. A cover letter explaining qualifications and interest in the position
2. An updated CV
3. A graduate transcript
4. Names and contact information for three references
Questions about this position should be directed to Nathan Ahlgren, Assistant professor, nahlgren@clarku.
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Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.
Salary will be commensurate with skills and experience.