Postdoctoral Associate

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Position type: Full-Time 12-Month
Department: 191001 - Northern Gulf Institute
Location: Miami, FL
Categories: Professional
Position Open Date:

Position Function:

The Northern Gulf Institute at Mississippi State University is hiring a Postdoctoral Associate to study the biological carbon pump in the Gulf of Mexico using omics methods. This position is based at NOAA's Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory (AOML) in Miami, Florida. This postdoc position will provide substantial opportunities for seagoing field work, molecular biology laboratory work, and bioinformatics computational work. Some experience in each of these areas is expected, but ample learning opportunities for growth and development will be provided. The successful applicant will lead efforts to understand microbial roles in the biological carbon pump by analyzing sediment trap samples collected in collaboration with the US Geological Survey and University of South Carolina in the northern Gulf of Mexico.

Salary Grade:  UC

Please see Staff Compensation Structure or Skilled Crafts and Service Maintenance Compensation Schedule for salary ranges.  For salary grade UC, these positions are "Unclassified" and salary ranges are determined by the hiring department.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

• Deploy and retrieve sediment traps and collect samples on research cruises in the northern Gulf of Mexico;
• Process sediment samples in the AOML omcis lab: DNA extraction, PCR, and library prep;
• Process metabarcoding data using HPC resources at NGI and AOML; and
• Analyze sediment trap-collected particulate eDNA and eRNA to evaluate the biodiversity of sinking particulates exported from the euphotic zone that contribute to the northern GOM biological carbon pump.

Minimum Qualifications:

• a Ph.D. in marine science, bioinformatics, genomics, molecular biology, microbiology, systems biology, or a related field;
• field experience on ocean-going research vessels and ability to navigate stairs and lift objects up to 50 pounds;
• molecular biology experience, including DNA extraction, PCR, and gel electrophoresis;
• bioinformatics experience, including DNA sequence analysis, data science programming (e.g., Python, R), the Unix command line, computational workflows, and statistics;
• a strong publication record; and
• strong written and oral communication skills.

ABDs or degree pending considered (all but DISS):


Working Conditions and Physical Effort

Ability to navigate stairs and lift objects up to 50 pounds.

Instructions for Applying:

Link to apply:

Apply online with a resume, cover letter, and a copy of your transcripts. Any social security numbers included on requested transcripts should be redacted prior to submitting online.

Restricted Clause:

Position is contingent upon continued availability of funding.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy, gender identity, status as a U.S. veteran, and/or any other status protected by applicable law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.

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