Ocean Sciences: Postdoctoral Scholar (Open until filled. Apply by 3/4/21)
The Ocean Sciences Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for the a postdoctoral scholar, under the direction of Kendra Turk-Kubo and Jonathan Zehr in the Zehr Research group. The postdoctoral scholar will work collaboratively with another postdoctoral scholar on projects relating to understanding the biology and ecology of two groups of marine nitrogen fixing microorganisms that are not well-understood - non-cyanobacterial diazotrophs and the UCYN-A/haptophyte symbiosis. One aspect of the Postdoctoral Scholar's work will be to measure single cell nitrogen fixation rates for marine non-cyanobacterial diazotrophs and/or characterize environmental controls on non-cyanobacterial nitrogen fixation using stable isotope tracing, fluorescence in situ hybridization / immunolabelling, and nanoSIMS. The other aspect will be to advance our understanding of the biology and metabolic interactions between UCYN-A (unicellular nitrogen fixing cyanobacterium) and its single celled algal host using a suite of approaches including advanced imaging, immunolabelling, genomics/transcriptomics, and proteomics. This position is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and The Simons Foundation.
Applicants with expertise in any of the following areas are encouraged to apply.
Aquatic nitrogen fixation and N-cycling;
fluorescence in situ hybridization/immunolabelling and/or nanoSIMS;
bioinformatics - experience with metagenomic/transcriptomic analysis, amplicon sequence analysis, and/or genome assembly and annotation of eukaryotic algae; and/or
cultivation-based studies of obligate marine symbioses.
ACADEMIC TITLE Postdoctoral Scholar
SALARY Commensurate with qualifications and experience. Minimum annual salary rates are made based on the individual's Experience Level, which is determined by the number of months of postdoctoral service at any institution. See current salary scale for Postdoctoral Titles at https://apo.ucsc.edu/compensation/salary-scales/index.html
BASIC QUALIFICATIONS Ph.D. (or equivalent foreign degree) in biological oceanography, oceanography, biology, ecology, microbial ecology, or a similar discipline.
POSITION AVAILABLE As soon as possible after initial review of the applications. Ph.D. must be in hand at time of the initial appointment.
MAXIMUM DURATION OF SERVICE IN A POSTDOCTORAL TITLE Postdoctoral scholar appointments are full-time; the initial appointment is for a minimum of one year, with the possibility of reappointment. Reappointment will be contingent upon positive performance review and availability of funding. The total duration of an individual's postdoctoral service may not exceed five years, including postdoctoral service at any institution. Under limited circumstances, an exception to this limit may be considered, not to exceed a sixth year.
APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS Applications are accepted via the UCSC Academic Recruit online system. All documents and materials must be submitted as PDFs.
RECRUITMENT PERIOD Full consideration will be given to applications completed by March 4, 2021. Applications received after this date will be considered only if the position has not been filled.
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