Postdoctoral Researcher Position to Characterize Microbial Candidate Phyla
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. Next-generation sequencing has revealed a wealth of highly-divergent, widely-distributed microorganisms whose metabolic capabilities and ecologic function remain largely unknown. This project will explore the metabolic potential and activity of several of these groups using metagenomic, microscopic, and isotopic analyses.
The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in a related field, a strong publication record, and research experience in environmental microbiology. Expertise in either next-generation sequencing (e.g., Illumina amplicon sequencing and metagenomics) or epifluorescence microscopy (e.g., fluorescence in situ hybridization, FISH), is necessary. Experience with enrichment culturing, stable isotope labeling experiments, and nanoscale secondary ion mass spectrometry (nanoSIMS), is also desirable. Enrichment cultures from Great Boiling Spring, Nevada, will be the focus of this work, and are available immediately. Additional samples from the marine environment may also be included in the investigation. This position is primarily 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. The position may include opportunities for fieldwork at hot springs in Nevada, as well.
Interested candidates should send a complete CV, cover letter, and a list of three professional references to Dr. Anne Dekas at firstname.lastname@example.org. Review of applications will begin on August 10, 2018, and will be ongoing until the position is filled. In the cover letter, applicants should indicate if they will be at the ISME meeting in Leipzig, Germany (August 12-17) and available for an in-person interview there. Selected candidates who are not attending ISME will be interviewed over Skype. Candidates should indicate their earliest potential start date, their motivation to join this project, a description of thier relevant skills and research experiences, and the total number of years they have spent in a postdoctoral position to date. Candidates with ≥ 5 years of previous postdoctoral experience will not be considered for this position.
Regrettably, please note that not all applicants will receive a response.
The Dekas Laboratory at Stanford University
The Dekas Geomicrobiology 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: https://earth.stanford.edu/dekaslab/.
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.