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Postdoctoral Research Scientist

Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University, New York, USA

Description:  The Dyhrman Microbial Oceanography Group at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University seeks one or more Postdoctoral Research Scientists to join the laboratory for research broadly focused on marine microbiology.  Possible research focus areas include but are not limited to 1) Characterizing the mechanistic underpinnings of resource metabolism in cyanobacteria and eukaryotic phytoplankton and using that information to define the role of these organisms play in shaping ecosystem dynamics and biogeochemical consequences in marine systems; 2) Identifying the role of cell-cell interactions and microbial consortia on phytoplankton physiological ecology; and 3) Tracking drivers of bloom dynamics in harmful phytoplankton species. Tools and approaches for this work include molecular, physiological and chemical measurements, with an emphasis on next-generation sequencing technology and analyses. The position may necessitate time at sea on research cruises and will additionally entail laboratory experiments, and data analysis (including bioinformatics tools).  Group members enjoy professional development opportunities, including travel to meetings and workshops, mentorship and diversity training, and grant writing.  The lab is located near the NYC metro area, offering many opportunities for interactions within Columbia University departments, and other area Universities.

Qualifications:  A PhD is required in microbiology, biological oceanography or a related field. Familiarity with microbiology, and/or biological oceanography, and computational biology/bioinformatics preferred.  Familiarity with the analysis of high throughput sequencing data including strong programming skills (e.g., R, Python, etc.) is preferred. Excellent command (verbal and written) of the English language, strong interpersonal skills, and eagerness to join a vibrant team of scientists using cutting-edge approaches to understand marine microbial oceanography desired.

The start date for this position is flexible. Appointment will be for 1 year, with continuation pending funding and progress. Columbia University benefits accompany this Officer of Research appointment.

Application: Please visit our online application site at for further information about this position and to submit your application, including a cover letter, current cv, a 1 to 2 page statement of past research experience and future interests, and the names, phone numbers and email addresses of three references.

Search will remain open for at least 30 days after the ad appears and will continue until the position is filled.

This position is located in Rockland County, NY at the Lamont Campus of The Earth Institute at Columbia University.

Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer --Race/Gender/Disability/Veteran.

Prospective candidates must apply online.

Posted: Feb. 12, 2017

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