Postdoctoral Researcher - Environmental Engineering and Microbiome Science
- Colorado State University
- Location: Fort Collins, CO
- Job Number: 7071958
- Posting Date: Nov 9, 2020
- Application Deadline: Open Until Filled
Job DescriptionDescription of Work Unit
The Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Department at Colorado State University (CSU) is recognized both nationally and internationally for its education, research, service and outreach programs, and is ranked in the top 40 of such programs in the USA. The CEE Department consists of 36 tenured and tenure-track faculty, 16 research scientists/scholars, 27 research associates, and 11 administrative professionals. Additional information about the CEE Department can be found at http://www.engr.colostate.edu/ce/.
The De Long Lab (https://www.engr.colostate.edu/~skdelong/) in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Colorado State University invites applications for a Postdoctoral Researcher position in the field of microbiome science and emerging contaminants biodegradation. The postdoctoral scholar will work on an interdisciplinary National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded project focused on the identification of functional gene biomarkers for degradation of emerging contaminants in wastewater, using a novel, high-throughput biomarker development approach. The successful candidate will have experience with microbial culturing, application of molecular biology techniques and metagenomics. Experience with analytical chemistry and/or machine learning are also desirable. We are seeking an independent researcher with strong communication skills and ability to work in a highly collaborative interdisciplinary team.
Appointment length: The position is for one (1) year with the possibility of extension for up to three (3) years, depending on research progress and funding availability.
Colorado State University (CSU) offers a comprehensive benefits package; including 10 paid holidays, 24 accrued vacation days, and 15 accrued sick leave days per year, enrollment in group health, life and accident insurance, retirement plan options, work injury benefits, disability insurance, and additional opportunities such as free employee study privilege credits. CSU offers paid parental leave, spousal and domestic partner benefits as well.
CSU is not a social security employer. Administrative professional and faculty employees can participate in the Defined Contribution Plan (DCP) or PERA (if eligible) or for a retirement savings. For the DCP, a regular or special appointment employee will receive a CSU match equal to 12% of the pre-tax monthly salary and the employee contributes 8%. For more information about all CSU benefits and privileges, please view the Human Resources web page at: http://www.hrs.colostate.edu/benefits/
The city of Fort Collins offers a pleasant climate with excellent schools and abundant cultural and recreational opportunities nearby. The community of approximately 158,600 is nestled at the base of the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains, 65 miles north of Denver. Fort Collins is routinely recognized by numerous publications as one of the most desirable places to live in the United Sates for its high quality of life measures; see the complete list at: https://www.fcgov.com/visitor/awards.php. For more information about Fort Collins, please visit: https://www.fcgov.com/
Required Job Qualifications
The candidate must have a Ph.D. in microbiology, microbial ecology, environmental engineering, chemical and biological engineering, or a related field. Successful applicants must have strong skills in applied microbiology and molecular biology, including culturing environmentally-relevant microorganisms, and use of DNA- and RNA-based assays (e.g., qPCR, and RT-qPCR). Candidates must also have some experience analyzing metagenomic datasets. Strong written and oral communication skills are also essential.
Preferred Job Qualifications
Experience with analytical chemistry (LC-MS or GC-MS) and machine learning are also desired.
Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.