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Postdoctoral Scholar - Microbial Oceanography

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School / Campus / College: College of the Environment

Organization: School of Oceanography

Title: Postdoctoral Scholar - Microbial Oceanography

Position Details

Position Description

The Rocap research group in the School of Oceanography is seeking a Postdoctoral Scholar to work with a team using metagenomic approaches to investigate microbial functioning in Oxygen Deficient Zones. This position is full-time (100% FTE), 12-months/year, with an initial term appointment of one year (12 months), renewable depending on funding and/or satisfactory performance for a total period of up to 3 years. Salary will be commensurate with experience and employee benefits will be provided.

This project will use samples from the Eastern Tropical North Pacific Oxygen Minimum zone to obtain an integrated view of microbial functioning in the water column and on particles by integrating metagenomic and metatranscriptomic data with rate measurements and trace metal concentrations obtained by collaborators.  There is also an opportunity to pursue laboratory experiments with cultures isolated from the ETNP ODZ.  Communicating the results by writing and publishing scientific manuscripts and giving presentations will be a central part of this project, together with collaborating with an interdisciplinary group of scientists at the University of Washington.

The start date is negotiable, but the position is available from March 2021 with a preference to fill the position by June 2021. There is a possibility for partial remote work (within the U.S.) depending on circumstances.

Postdoctoral scholars are represented by UAW 4121 and are subject to the collective bargaining agreement, unless agreed exclusion criteria apply. For more information, please visit the University of Washington Labor Relations website.

The University of Washington, College of the Environment, and School of Oceanography are dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural, inclusive environment and strongly encourages applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and covered veterans. The School of Oceanography is therefore seeking candidates whose experiences have prepared them to fulfill our commitment to inclusion. For more information on our commitment to building a culturally diverse workforce, please see: and

The University of Washington (UW) is located in the greater Seattle metropolitan area, with a dynamic, multicultural community of 3.7 million people and a range of ecosystems from mountains to ocean. The UW serves a diverse population of 80,000 students, faculty and staff, including 25% first-generation college students, over 25% Pell Grant students, and faculty from over 70 countries. The UW is a recipient of a National Science Foundation ADVANCE Institutional Transformation Award to increase the advancement of women faculty in science, engineering, and math (see


Candidates must have a Ph.D. in oceanography, microbiology, biology or a related field.  In addition to interests in microbial ecology, evolution and/or biogeochemistry, the successful candidate for this position will have a strong genomic or computational background; demonstrated written and verbal communication skills; and the ability to work both independently and collaboratively with individuals from a wide spectrum of backgrounds.

The postdoctoral scholar will be expected to collaborate with project investigators and other researchers. Willingness to mentor undergraduate researchers is preferred. Highly desirable additional areas of expertise include experience with phytoplankton culturing, chemostats or anaerobic culturing setups. 


To apply, candidates will be asked to submit materials via Interfolio, including 1) a letter of interest describing their skills and experience, 2) a curriculum-vitae including a list of publications, and 3) the names and contact information for three references. PDF files are preferred. Review of applicants will begin mid-February 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. For questions about potential disability accommodation during the application process, please contact the UW's Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450, or 206-543-6452 (TTY), or

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