The Research Laboratory of Dr. Juliette Smith with William & Mary’s Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) invites applications for two postdoctoral research associates to join in their study of the environmental and biological controls over harmful algal blooms (HABs) and/or the persistence, fate, and effects of their associated toxins along the salinity gradient. Start date is negotiable, but ideally the positions will begin in spring/summer 2019 (but no later than December 2019). The positions are for one year, but funding for additional years is possible.
Qualifications: At the time of appointment, the successful candidates will hold an earned doctorate (Ph.D.) or equivalent in chemistry, biological sciences, environmental science, or a related field. Demonstrated experience in conducting and publishing research (at least one manuscript submitted) focused on toxins/natural products, harmful algal bloom dynamics, or phytoplankton cultures is required. Preference will be given to those candidates whose research experience (or interests) align with recent publications and/or grants led by the Smith research group.
Responsibilities: The postdoctoral research associates will work with Dr. Juliette Smith, and join an interdisciplinary team in their investigations into one or both of the current research areas: 1) environmental and biological controls over harmful algal blooms and toxin production, and/or 2) the persistence, fate, and effects of their associated toxins in the ecosystem. Depending upon the successful candidates’ expertise and interests, the postdocs will utilize analytical techniques, conduct culturing studies, and/or lead large-scale field studies. The postdoctoral research associates will have opportunities to be involved in projects utilizing the Imaging FlowCytobot. Additional responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, proposal and manuscript preparation, management and analysis of large environmental datasets, and statistical analysis.
Application materials for the positions should include: 1) a 2-page statement summarizing relevant experience and how this experience will support one (or both) of the 2 current research areas above; 2) a cover letter identifying availability for this position; 3) a full curriculum vitae; and 4) the names, addresses (including titles and institutions), e-mail addresses and telephone numbers of 3 professional references.
Application materials should be addressed to: Search Committee Chair, HAB Postdoctoral Associates, and will be accepted through our On-Line Application System at https://jobs.wm.edu. Application materials are due on March 15, 2019 for full consideration, but application materials will continue to be accepted until November 30, 2019.
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