The Jackson lab (www.colinrjackson.com) and Garrick lab (www.rcgarrick.org) in the Department of Biology at the University of Mississippi seek applications for a Postdoctoral Research Associate in aquatic microbial ecology. This is a 2-3 year position, renewable annually, funded by a collaborative NSF Dimensions in Biodiversity grant. The project is focused on understanding geographic scaling of diversity and interactions between the microbiomes of freshwater mussels and their mussel hosts, mussel communities, and the freshwater environments in which they perform critical ecosystem services.
The Postdoc will focus on generating and interpreting DNA sequence data that can be used to characterize microbiomes, and contribute to phylogenetic analysis of large data sets. Other duties will include leading authorship of publications, presenting research at conferences, and mentoring graduate and undergraduate researchers in the PIs' labs.
Minimum qualifications are a PhD in Biology or related field, and strong publication record relative to opportunity. Preferred qualifications include experience in microbiome analysis, familiarity with microbial ecology and phylogenetics, strong interests in host-microbe interactions and connecting field-based research with genetic analyses, and a willingness to contribute to aquatic biodiversity-related public outreach.
Applicants should contact Dr. Colin Jackson via email (email@example.com) to express interest in the position and for further information.
The start date is anticipated to be late Spring / early summer 2019, but is flexible.