Location: Worcester, MA Category: Other - Per Diem Posted On: Thu Apr 15 2021 Job Description:
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 currently requires all employees and students to be vaccinated against COVID-19 no later than July 15. Exemptions will be made for medical or disability reasons or religious beliefs, and could be made, at the sole discretion of the University, for other well-documented reasons.
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