[ES_JOBS_NET] Postdoc in microbial ecology and metagenomics (VCU)

Rima Franklin rima.franklin at gmail.com
Thu Jan 15 10:48:16 MST 2015

*Postdoctoral fellow in microbial ecology and metagenomics Virginia
Commonwealth University *
A postdoctoral position is available in the Department of Biology at
Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in Richmond, Virginia. PIs Rima
Franklin (microbial ecology), Scott Neubauer (wetland biogeochemistry), and
Bonnie Brown (ecological genetics) are looking for a highly motivated
postdoc to work on a NSF-funded project aimed at understanding the effect
of microbial community structure on ecosystem function and response to
environmental change. The project will include complementary observational
and manipulative experiments to examine wetland responses to saltwater
intrusion, from microbial/molecular scales up to the ecosystem level. The
postdoc will be expected to collect and analyze field and laboratory data,
prepare manuscripts for publication, share research findings at scientific
conferences, and participate in outreach education.  Specific tasks will
include microbial community analysis using DNA- and RNA-based sequencing,
metagenomic and metatranscriptomic analyses, and qPCR. Depending on the
postdoc’s interests, there will be opportunities to learn biogeochemical
methods relevant to the project (e.g., ecosystem greenhouse gas fluxes,
biogeochemical process rate measurements).

All applicants must have a Ph.D. in a relevant field.  Expertise in some or
all of the following areas is desired: microbial ecology, (meta)genomics,
bioinformatics, multivariate statistics, biogeochemistry, and wetland
ecology.  Competitive candidates will also possess the following attributes:

- A strong publication record
- Outstanding quantitative analytical skills
- Excellent written and oral communication skills
- Experience and skills with both field and lab work
- Creativity, independence, and the desire to learn new things
- Experience with the analysis of high throughput sequencing data
- Proficiency with bioinformatics and multivariate statistical analyses

The position is for 12 months initially, and renewable for an additional 12
months depending on performance. The successful candidate will receive
training in professional and personal development, research collaboration,
presentation and publication of results, outreach, and mentoring. There
will be opportunities for development of additional research projects and
proposal development related to the broader project goals.

The position includes a competitive salary and full benefits including
health insurance.

Review of applications will begin on February 15, 2015 and will continue
until the position is filled. The start date is flexible, but the incumbent
must be well established in the position before start of the summer 2015
field season.  Applications should include: (i) brief cover letter, (ii)
curriculum vitae, (iii) a brief description of past research
accomplishments and future research goals (under two pages), (iv) reprints
of up to three relevant publications, and (v) the names and contact
information for three references.

All materials should be submitted as a single combined PDF to Dr. Rima
Franklin (rbfranklin at vcu.edu) with “Postdoc Application” in the subject
line.  Any questions should also be directed to Dr. Franklin.

Further information:
Franklin lab: www.people.vcu.edu/~rbfranklin
Neubauer lab: sites.google.com/a/vcu.edu/neubauer/
Brown lab: bonnie-brown-vcuegl.squarespace.com
VCU Department of Biology: http://biology.vcu.edu/
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