Postdoctoral Research Associate, Flathead Lake Biological Station (2377-254)
University of Montana
 Polson, MT

Position Description

The University of Montana and the Flathead Lake Biological Station seek to fill a postdoctoral research associate position in aquatic nitrogen cycling and plankton metabolism. This postdoctoral position will work in Matthew Church's laboratory and perform independent research focused on the role of plankton in catalyzing ocean nitrogen cycling and organic matter mineralization. The successful applicant will be expected to do fieldwork and laboratory analyses. The goal of the research is to assess variability and controls on organic matter fluxes between the upper ocean and the deep sea in the subtropical North Pacific Ocean. The successful applicant will be expected to leverage genomic and biogeochemical data for better understanding of plankton metabolism and nutrient cycling in the mid-waters of the open ocean. The postdoctoral is expected to publish these findings in journals and work collaboratively with collaborators at other institutions and among the FLBS scientific staff.

Located on the eastern shore of one of North America's largest lakes, FLBS is a modern ecological research and education facility adjacent to Glacier National Park in the heart of the Crown of Continent ecoregion. Research foci at FLBS include limnology of Flathead and other large river-lake systems; water quality and supply in changing landscapes; ecological stoichiometry; systems ecology and modeling of large river ecosystems; microbial ecology; nutrient limitation and biogeochemistry; biodiversity conservation; evolutionary biology of animal, plant, and microbial taxa; ecology of invasive species; remote sensing of climate-mediated landscape change; and integration of social and ecological processes in a systems framework. Major FLBS facilities are recently remodeled and fully equipped for on-site research and education.

UM is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity in all areas. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of qualified people who would assist the University in demonstrating its five priorities for action: Place student success at the center of all we do; drive excellence and innovation in teaching, learning, and research; embody the principle of “mission first, people always“; partner with place; and proudly tell the UM story.

Required Skills

  • PhD in ecology, oceanography, marine science, limnology, or related field
  • Demonstrated ability to write and publish papers, use and manage large databases, and communicate with others
  • Demonstrated excellent research capabilities required to carry out innovative and insightful research
  • Demonstrated research skills in microbiology and biogeochemistry, including:
  • Design and implementation of field-based microbial ecological experiments
  • Laboratory and computational experience with genomic, metagenomic, and/or metatranscriptomic analyses of next generation sequence data
  • Familiarity with use of isotopes as tracers of microbial growth and metabolism

Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge of microbial bioinformatics
  • Understanding of techniques and methodologies for quantifying ocean plankton metabolism and nutrient cycling

About UM

The University of Montana is a unit of the Montana University System with approximately 12,000 undergraduate and graduate students and 500+ full-time faculty members. It is located in Missoula, a culturally vibrant community of about 70,000, surrounded by mountain grandeur which was recently ranked in the “top 20 best college towns with a population of less than 250,000“ by the American Institute for Economic Research and ranked 9th in Outside Magazine's “The 16 Greatest Places to Live in America“ in 2014. Many national publications recognize Missoula for its high quality of life. Abundant recreational opportunities in surrounding state and national forests and nearby Glacier National Park and Yellowstone National Park complement a thriving intellectual atmosphere.

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How to Apply

Priority Application Date: November 1, 2019

Applications received by 11/01/2019 will be guaranteed consideration. Application review will begin on after date above and continue until the position is filled.

Please submit the following application materials via “New Resume/CV“ button below.

  • Please note: only five (5) attachments are allowed per application. Please combine documents accordingly.
  • Letter of Interest – addressing the stated required skills for the position
  • Detailed resume listing education and describing work experience
  • Names and contact information for three (3) professional references