The Applied Ecology and Ecotoxicology Lab (Dr. Chris Salice) at Towson University is accepting applications for a Research Associate- post-doctoral or post-Master's to conduct research on the bioaccumulation of per- and polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS) substances in freshwater fish. This project is supported by funding from the Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) for up to 3 years. The funded project includes field sampling, laboratory experiments and mathematical modeling aimed at improving our ability to predict PFAS concentrations in fish tissues. PFAS contamination is becoming a global concern but many important questions remain. The research associate will be expected to conduct and/or guide research activities in collaboration with the study Principal Investigator (PI). The research associate will also be expected to generate data and produce presentations and manuscripts for publication. Additional opportunities exist to explore other problems related to the potential exposure and effects of PFAS in wildlife. Because undergraduate and graduate students will also work on the project, this is an excellent opportunity for the research associate to gain valuable experience in guiding and leading a small research team.
Applicants should have obtained a Ph.D. in ecotoxicology, fisheries science, or related field. Applicants with a M.S. will be considered if they have appropriate experience and well developed quantitative and communication skills. Competency with program R is required. Competency with the NetLogo individual-based-modeling software would also be helpful. Demonstration of strong communication skills and publication in the scientific literature are strongly desired. The most successful candidates will be able to provide evidence of projects or research that demonstrate initiative, independence, positivity, and a strong work ethic.
Design, execute, and analyze research activities related to objectives. These will involve field and laboratory studies as well as mathematical modeling. Prepare presentations for scientific conferences and/or prepare manuscripts for publication in the primary literature. Manage laboratory personnel to ensure study objectives are met and that all activities are within compliance (e.g., IACUC, Environmental Health and Safety, chemical inventory). Manage sample maintenance and delivery to OSU for analysis. Advise and mentor students. Attend meetings or conference calls related to the project.
Towson University (TU) is one of the nation’s top 100 public universities. Located north of Baltimore, TU currently enrolls over 22,000 students and has been designated as a growth institution by the University System of Maryland.
TU is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse and qualified workforce to join our team. We offer a dynamic environment where you can expand your potential while contributing to the overall success of our growing institution.
A Criminal Background Investigation is required for the hired candidate and the results may impact employment.
Salary and Benefits Competitive salary and a contract that offers annual leave, holidays, sick days, and tuition remission. Contractual employees scheduled to work 30 or more hours per week may be eligible for subsidized health benefits coverage. To learn more about our benefits, click here.
If you are motivated, innovative and team-oriented, we would love to hear from you.
For consideration, please submit a cover letter and resume with your online application.
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Doctoral Degree (or M.S. as described above). Experience conducting studies (lab and/or field) with PFAS chemicals or similar. Familiar with PFAS literature and bioaccumulation, in general. Excellent skill with the R programming environment. Demonstrated experience working with students. Excellent organizational and communication skills.
Preferred: Ph.D. in related field (ecotoxicology, environmental chemistry, etc.)
Experience working with vertebrate animals including fish, lizards, birds.
Experience with NetLogo or other individual-based modeling platform. Has published peer-reviewed manuscripts.