Postdoctoral Research Associate, microbial dynamics and metal mobility

Coeur D'Alene, Idaho: University of Idaho Lake Social Ecological Systems Lab
$52,000 plus benefits
Mar 03, 2017
Apr 02, 2017
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Student / Graduate
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No Relocation
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Applications are invited for an interdisciplinary postdoctoral research position at the University of Idaho to evaluate the microbial and metal response of mining-impacted sediments to an input of potentially new detrital organic matter. The position will be supervised by Profs. James Moberly (Chemical & Materials Engineering), Jeff Langman (Geological Sciences), and Frank Wilhelm (Fish and Wildlife Sciences). The postdoctoral associate will be stationed at our new Lake Social Ecological Systems Lab (LaSES) in beautiful Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

The postdoctoral associate will work in collaboration with all supervising professors to collect benthic sediment samples from Lake Coeur d’Alene and implement benchtop anaerobic experiments for evaluating porewater and sediment alteration with simulation of sediment carbon input from an algal bloom. This project is in response to proposed remediation of upstream legacy mining impacts and likely changes in ecosystem dynamics, which has the potential to alter microbial dynamics and metal mobility of mining-related metals (Cd, Pb, Mn, and Zn) in benthic sediments. The postdoctoral associate will be responsible for coordinating all experiment procedures from collection of sediments, to benchtop experiment construction, to weekly sample collection and processing, to post-experiment sediment analyses.

Applicants must hold a PhD (or foreign equivalent) in a biogeochemical discipline and have experience working with microbial communities (anaerobes preferred) and transition metal, redox-sensitive systems in a laboratory setting. Additional experience in molecular biology techniques (DNA extraction, qPCR, gel electrophoresis, DNA sequencing prep and analysis) and statistical analyses are highly desirable. The candidate must be able to work independently and possess excellent written and oral communication skills. The appointment is for a single 12-month, full-time (100% FTE) period with a salary of $52,000 plus benefits. The start date is June 1.

Applicants should email a CV, a brief description of relevant research abilities and interests, and contact information for three referees to Prof. James Moberly ( and Prof. Jeff Langman ( Inquiries regarding this position should be directed to Prof. James Moberly. Applications will be reviewed immediately, and will continue to be reviewed until the position is filled. Applicants must provide proof of the PhD conferral and be within 5 years of receipt of the PhD.

University of Idaho is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.