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The USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences is seeking a Postdoctoral Scholar Research Associate in the Marine Environmental Biology Department. The largest and oldest of the USC schools, USC Dornsife functions as the academic core of the university, offering courses and advancing knowledge across the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences.
The Postdoctoral Scholar will be a part of the Jed Fuhrman Lab. The research, funded by the Simons Foundation (CBIOMES project), aims to better understand how the interactions between bacteria, archaea, viruses, and protists regulate the distributions and activities of marine planktonic microorganisms globally though the interactions are all local. A central part of the work will be processing datasets to understand current plankton biogeographies, as well as collaborations with global ocean modelers on model development and improvement.
Analysis of new and existing very large sequence datasets (metagenomes, metatranscriptomes, 16S, 18S) from prior lab experiments and oceanographic measurements.
Run experiments manipulating natural marine communities, using omics data from the experiments to study growth processes and microbial interactions.
PhD degree and significant experience (and publications) in microbial ecology, including bioinformatics with omics data, and specifically involving mixed natural communities of microorganisms.
Strong quantitative skills and broad microbial ecological and oceanographic understanding.
Experience handling very large omics datasets.
Experience in both laboratory and field based aquatic research.
Strong written and verbal communication skills, as well as the ability to work well in a team.
Salary range:The salary range for this position is $64,480-$68,800. When extending an offer of employment, the University of Southern California considers factors such as (but not limited to) the scope and responsibilities of the position, the candidates work experience, education/training, key skills, internal peer equity, federal, state and local laws, contractual stipulations, grant funding, as well as external market and organizational considerations.
Performs other related duties as assigned or requested. The university reserves the right to add or change duties at any time.
Required Documents and Additional Information:
Resume and a letter of intent describing their motivation, qualifications, skills, and experience relevant to this position, and contact information (including telephone numbers) for three references required (may be uploaded as one file). Please do not submit your application without these documents.
Job openings are posted for a minimum of (5) five business days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled any time after the minimum posting period has ended, so please apply on the same business day if interested.
Target start date January 2024.
The University of Southern California is an Equal Opportunity Employer that Values Diversity.
Minimum Education: Ph.D. or equivalent doctorate within previous five years Minimum Experience: 0-1 year Minimum Field of Expertise: Directly related education in research specialization with advanced knowledge of equipment, procedures and analysis methods.
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