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Postdoctoral Scientist Position in Microbial Eco-physiology in Extreme Environments

Cambridge, Massachusetts (US)
Closing date
12 Apr 2020

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Postdoctoral Scientist Position in Microbial Eco-physiology in Extreme Environments
School    Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Department/Area    OEB

Position Description    
The Girguis lab at Harvard University invites applications for a 2-year postdoctoral research position in microbial ecological physiology. This is a NASA-funded position to study the physiological and biochemical attributes of microbes in environments that may be analogs of environments on other ocean worlds, e.g. Europa and Enceladus. The primary research focus is on fundamentally understanding the evolution, ecology and metabolic activity of microbes that thrive in so-called “extreme environments”, in particular those capable of extracellular electron transfer. 

The successful candidate will work closely with research groups in the Dept. of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology (home department) as well as colleagues at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and The University of Minnesota. Some travel may be required, though the frequency and duration are negotiable. 

Basic Qualifications    
The ideal candidate will have demonstrated expertise and hands-on experience in high-throughput metagenomic and metatranscriptomic analyses for microbial community and functional profiling, as well as DNA & RNA purification, PCR, and sequencing library preparation. The ideal candidate will also have a robust publication record that demonstrates their competencies. Experience with chemostats or high-pressure aquaria is highly desirable.

Additional Qualifications    

Special Instructions    

Applicants should send application materials (resume, publication list, statement of research interests) and the names and contact information for three references to Dr. Peter Girguis, care of Jennifer Thomson ( A PhD in a related field is required at the time of appointment. This position is available immediately and will remain open until May 1st, 2020.

Contact Information    
Jennifer Thomson

Contact Email

Equal Opportunity Employer    
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions or any other characteristic protected by law.

Minimum Number of References Required    3 

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