The postdoctoral candidate will work within a multi-disciplinary team on the NSF-funded project Banded together: modern water-microbe-mineral feedbacks in the deep Archean lithosphere. The project spans multiple fields of microbiology, geochemistry, and geology to understand the roles of microorganisms in an iron-rich deep terrestrial environment.
Duties: As a postdoctoral researcher, you will be part of an interdisciplinary research team and will focus on understanding the genomic potential of microorganisms found below the surface, which includes bacteria, archaea, viruses, and microeukaryotes. Your primary focus will be analyzing existing shotgun metagenomes, but field experiments are also an option. You will be responsible for coordinating with faculty and graduate students, as well as contributing ideas and performing general lab duties. Additionally, you will be expected to publish your research in peer-reviewed journals as a lead author and will have opportunities to contribute to other manuscripts.
Required qualifications: Ph.D. in geomicrobiology, microbiology, microbial ecology, or related field.
Preferred qualifications: Demonstrated record of research productivity, as evidenced by scholarly publications in peer-reviewed journals or other products. Demonstrated proficiency in microbial community analysis, metagenomics, and interpretation and integration of geochemistry with genome-based analyses. Ability to participate in fieldwork. Demonstrated proficiency with bioinformatic tools and coding languages (e.g., Python, Perl, R, and basic scripting) Proficiency in written and oral communication in English. Familiarity with subsurface microbiology Experience with genomic tools and bioinformatics Experience with shotgun metagenomic analyses, genome binning, and analyses Experience supervising graduate students or junior personnel. Successful grant writing experience.
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