Postdoctoral Researcher in Marine Molecular Ecology
The University of Southern Mississippi is currently accepting applications for the position of Postdoctoral Researcher in Marine Molecular Ecology.
Gulf Coast Research Laboratory
703 East Beach Drive
Ocean Springs, Mississippi, 39564
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Hamdan Lab at the University of Southern Mississippi seeks a Postdoctoral
Research Scientist to support a 3-year project funded by NOAA’s Ocean
Exploration Cooperative Institute. This project will contribute to multidisciplinary
investigation of benthic microbial communities in the Gulf of Mexico. Project
work will contribute to characterizing
the seafloor in areas potentially inured by the Deepwater Horizon spill. The study investigates
sediment microbiomes using culture-independent techniques to investigate
community composition, alpha and beta diversity and metabolic potential. These
data will contribute to monitoring ecosystem state and trajectory in sediment. The
position will oversee the day-to-day management of this research project, in
consultation with the principal investigator, and lead research efforts in collaboration
with external scientists coordinating analysis of geochemical and macrofaunal
data sets. Data management, laboratory analyses, data synthesis, publication of
results in peer-reviewed journals and management of a project budget will be
carried out as part of this position. Individuals with experience with
microbiology and biogeochemistry, with specific knowledge and molecular
biological techniques (DNA extraction, amplification, sequencing) are encouraged
to apply. Experience and proficiency in bioinformatics and statistical analysis
are desired. All applications must be submitted through the USM career site.
Please contact Leila Hamdan (Leila.email@example.com) with specific questions.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
experimental design and analyses to study potentially oil-impacted sediment
microbiomes and metagenomes to characterize bacterial, archaeal, and fungal communities.
- Develop expertise in deep-sea sediment microbial
communities and contribute new knowledge and ideas to this area of research.
and apply bioinformatics tools and approaches to identify communities, relevant
taxa and associations. Learn and apply machine learning tools to datasets
generated during the study.
- Participate in
planning and executing field work on board USM’s Research Vessel Point Sur,
and other oceanographic research vessels during 2 -4 week field campaigns.
- Contribute to written and oral communication,
including peer-reviewed manuscripts, blog posts, outreach through social media,
and the public.
data and maintains databases, and contributes to budget management.
in student mentoring.
other duties as assigned.
A Ph.D. from an accredited college or university in coastal or marine sciences, microbiology, geomicrobiology, biogeochemistry
or similar field.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
in laboratory practice, experimental design, laboratory safety procedures
- A high
level of computer literacy
to read and interpret safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and
written and oral communication skills and ability and interest in communicating
with diverse groups
to write reports, correspondence, and peer-reviewed manuscripts
and interest in contributing to outreach activities.
to contribute to a positive work environment built on trust and transparency
that values different perspectives and backgrounds
with analytical laboratory methods, experience with molecular biology methods,
proficiency in bioinformatics and statistical analysis.
About The University of Southern Mississippi
The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) is a comprehensive public research institution delivering transformative programs on campuses in Hattiesburg and Long Beach, at teaching and research sites across the Mississippi Gulf Coast, as well as online. Founded in 1910, USM is one of only 131 universities in the nation to earn the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education's "R1: Doctoral Universities - Very high research activity" designation, and its robust research enterprise includes experts in ocean science and engineering, polymer science and engineering, and large event venue safety and security, among others. USM is also one of only 37 institutions in the nation accredited in theatre, art and design, dance and music. As an economic driver, USM generates an annual economic impact of more than $600 million across the state. USM welcomes a diverse student body of more than 14,000, representing 71 countries, all 50 states, and every county in Mississippi. USM students have collected four Truman Scholarships and 37 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships, while also leading Mississippi with 27 Goldwater Scholarships, an honor that recognizes the next generation of great research scientists. Home to the Golden Eagles, USM competes in 17 Division I sports sponsored by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). For more information, visit www.usm.edu.
As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer/Americans with Disabilities Act institution, The University of Southern Mississippi encourages minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities to apply.