Postdoctoral Position at Stanford University Characterizing Microbial 'Dark Matter'

Physiological and ecological characterization of microbial candidate phyla (‘dark matter’) from Great Boiling Spring, Nevada, at the Dekas Lab at Stanford (CA, USA).

The Dekas Geomicrobiology Laboratory at Stanford University seeks a highly motivated postdoctoral researcher to lead a project on the physiological and ecological characterization of microbial candidate phyla (‘dark matter’) within Great Boiling Spring, Nevada. The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in a related field, a strong publication record, and research experience in microbiology. Expertise in one or more of the following is desired: enrichment culturing, nanoscale secondary ion mass spectrometry (nanoSIMS), catalyzed reporter deposition fluorescence in situ hybridization (CARD-FISH), stable isotope labeling, and/or next-generation sequencing (e.g., Illumina amplicon sequencing). Enrichment cultures from Great Boiling Spring are available for this project immediately, however an ability and willingness to perform additional fieldwork in Nevada is desirable.

This position is funded by NASA via an Exobiology Grant to PI Brian Hedlund, UNLV (PI), Anne Dekas, Stanford (co-I), Jeremy Dodsworth, CSUSB (co-I), Xavier Mayali, LLNL (co-I) and Jennifer Pett-Ridge, LLNL (co-I), and will involve collaboration and travel between institutes.

Interested candidates should send a complete CV, cover letter, and a list of three professional references to Dr. Anne Dekas at Applicants should indicate their desired start date, as soon as possible after May 1, 2018. Review of applications is current and ongoing until the position is filled. This post will be deleted when the search is complete.


The Dekas Laboratory is part of the Earth System Science Department within the Stanford University School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Science. The Lab investigates the activity of bacteria and archaea in the modern environment, with an emphasis on single-cell measurements, with the goal of understanding the role of microbial activity in the evolution of our atmosphere and the future of our climate. More information about the Lab can be found at:

Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Application deadline: Open until filled
Start date: Flexible
Location: Palo Alto, California, USA