Postdoc Microbial Ecologist - UC / USDA ARS

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Postdoc Microbial Ecologist - UC / USDA ARS

Postdoctoral Position for a Microbial Ecologist
USDA ARS National Center for Cool and Cold Water Aquaculture
Leetown, West Virginia,
We seek to fill a Postdoctoral Position for a Microbial Ecologist who will be hosted at the
USDA ARS National Center for Cool and Cold Water Aquaculture in Leetown, WV and be
affiliated with the University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT. The successful candidate of this
grant-funded position will perform a research project that utilizes next-generation sequencing
approaches to characterize microbial communities and identify fish pathogens. It is expected
that the successful candidate will travel to the University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT for
training and to commercial fish farms in Washington State and Idaho for sample collection.
The successful candidate will hold a Ph.D. in a related area with experience in molecular
biological techniques and have an excellent command of verbal and written communication
skills. Experience in the study of microbial communities and use of QiiME or an equivalent
bioinformatics package for community analysis is preferred. The technical supervision will be
by Dr. Welch from the USDA NCCCWA and the administrative supervision by Dr. Graf from
the University of Connecticut.
Minimum Qualifications: Qualified applicants must have a Ph.D. in microbiology or a
related area and a publication record. The candidate must have experience or the equivalent
skills to process microbiome samples, characterize the microbial community using 16S rRNA
gene sequencing and/or QIIME or an equivalent bioinformatics package for data analysis.
Preferred Qualifications: Highly desirable is a strong background in microbial ecology or
microbiome science. Excellence in team-work, strong verbal and written communication skills
and the ability to work independently are a plus.
Screening of candidates will begin immediately and remain open until filled. Interested
applicants must apply electronically joerg.graf [-at-], submitting a cover letter,
curriculum vitae, and three letters from professional references. For questions regarding this
position, prospective applicants should email joerg.graf [-at-], University of
Connecticut, Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, Unit 3124, 91 N. Eagleville Road,
Storrs, CT 06269-3124.
Posted: June 26, 2016.