Research opportunity: Postdoc in Ocean Acidification and Microbial Interactions, Duke University, USA

Candidate review will be begin February 14 and continue until the position is filled.

The Marine Microbe Group at Duke University’s Marine Laboratory (; is hiring a postdoctoral associate in microbial transcriptomics to investigate ocean acidification and microbial interactions.  The postdoctoral associate will be mentored by Drs. Hunt and Johnson but the project also involves collaboration with the University of Rhode Island and Georgia Tech.

Responsibilities and Duties: The postdoctoral associate will primarily be responsible for the analysis of gene expression and will be working with high-throughput transcriptomic data and physiological data to tease apart diatom-bacteria interactions and examine cyanobacterial (Prochlorococcus and Synechococcus) responses to multiple stressors including pH and temperature. While largely computational-based, there will also be opportunities for fieldwork examining uncultured organisms as part of the Pivers’ Island Coastal Observatory (PICO) time series.  Responsibilities include dissemination of results in publications and presentations, contributions to the functioning of the lab, and assistance with graduate and undergraduate student mentoring.

Qualifications: Competitive candidates will have a PhD in the fields of microbiology, microbial ecology, oceanography, bioinformatics or a related field. Excellent command of the English language (written and verbal) and quantitative analytical skills are essential. Candidates will be selected based on overall excellence, including academic qualifications, letters of recommendation, and prior skills, experience, and research goals that are compatible with the goals of the funded research.  Candidates that have experience with the analysis of high throughput sequencing data including programming knowledge and have a strong publication record are particularly encouraged to apply.

Appointment: The position is for an initial 12 months period, with the possibility for renewal based on performance. The successful candidate will receive training in research collaboration, presentation and publication of results, and outreach and mentoring. There will be opportunities for development of additional research projects and proposals. Duke University offers extensive opportunities for professional development. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.  The position will start early summer 2016.

To Apply: Applications must include (1) a cover letter stating experience, goals, research vision and interests; (2) curriculum vitae, (3) reprints of relevant publications and (4) contact information for three referees willing to write confidential letters of recommendation. All materials should be emailed as a single pdf document to: dana.hunt(at) with ‘PostDoc Application’ in the subject line. Candidate review will be begin February 14 and continue until the position is filled.  The Marine Microbe Group is located at Duke’s Marine Lab campus in Beaufort, NC ( The Marine Microbe Group is affiliated with the University Program in Ecology; Integrative Bioinformatics for Investigating and Engineering Microbiomes; and the Duke Center for the Genomics of Microbial Systems.

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