The School of Fisheries, Aquaculture, and Aquatic Sciences at Auburn University is seeking candidates for a Postdoctoral Researcher to work both independently and collaboratively with members of our research team to develop research projects that further our understanding of the ecology of freshwater harmful algal blooms. The incumbent will join an active lab (http://wilsonlab.com/) whose recent research activities integrate large-scale, whole pond and mesocosm experiments, lake surveys, remote sensing, statistical modelling, and meta-analysis to understand the importance of abiotic and biotic factors that affect the promotion or control of algal blooms in aquaculture ponds and drinking water and recreational reservoirs. The incumbent will have ample opportunities to participate in existing NSF, USDA, and USGS supported lab projects, develop new research directions, and support the writing of research proposals and manuscripts. This is a benefit eligible, non-tenure track position. The appointment is for an initial period of one year with a possibility of continuance up to a maximum of four years depending on performance and funding availability. In addition to professional development opportunities available in our lab, Auburn University offers many resources for our postdoc community - http://graduate.auburn.edu/postdoc/
I am motivated to maintain a productive, diverse, and inclusive lab and encourage candidates from under-represented groups to consider joining us. Moreover, lab members have numerous opportunities to engage students from institutions with limited research opportunities, students with disabilities, and students in financial need in their projects through current NSF projects (REU, INCLUDES, S-STEM).
Available infrastructure: Our lab is fully equipped for field and lab-based research. The incumbent will have access to trucks, boats, sampling gear, microscopes, and analytical chemistry and molecular tools. In addition, the School of Fisheries manages a spectacular field station with more than 300 ponds that vary in size, shape, depth, and productivity that the incumbent will be encouraged to use as part of their research efforts. We also collaborate with diverse stakeholders throughout the US, such as aquaculture farmers, water utilities, non-profits, natural resource managers, and academics, that could be leveraged as part of this position.
How to apply: Applicants must complete an on-line application process at the following link: https://www.auemployment.com/postings/25446 and attach the following: 1) cover letter stating research interests and career goals, 2) current curriculum vita, and 3) copies of all academic transcripts. When prompted, please provide names, phone numbers, and email addresses of three professional references. Only complete application materials will be considered. Active review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Salary will be commensurate with education and experience.
For questions regarding the position, please contact Dr. Alan Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://wilsonlab.com/ to learn more about our lab.
The University: Auburn University is an R1 land-grant institution organized into twelve academic colleges and schools and ranked 40th among public universities in the U.S. News and World 2021 Report. For 2020, 24,505 undergraduates as well as 6,232 graduate and professional students were enrolled. The University is nationally recognized for its academic excellence, commitments to community engagement, positive work environment, flourishing student life programs, and beautiful campus. To learn more about the University, please visit: http://www.auburn.edu/
The Community: Auburn is recognized as one of America’s best small towns with a moderate climate and easy access to major cities, beaches, and mountains. The city is situated along the rapidly developing I-85 Atlanta, Georgia, and Montgomery, Alabama, corridor. The combined Auburn-Opelika Metropolitan Statistical Area boasts a growing population of over >60,000. The City of Auburn grew 43% in the past decade and is known for an excellent public school system and a local medical center acknowledged as among the best in the region. The City of Auburn website has information on the community and services that can be accessed at: https://www.auburnalabama.org/
Auburn University is an EEO/Vet/Disability employer
The minimum qualification is an earned Ph.D. in Biology, Aquaculture, Microbiology, Ecology, Limnology, Analytical Chemistry, Molecular Ecology, or closely related field at the time employment begins. The Postdoctoral Fellow is expected to conduct research related to the ecology of harmful algal blooms. Selected candidates must have knowledge/experience with harmful algal blooms, experience with analyzing experimental and monitoring data sets, and significant experience with manuscript preparation and publication. Although we welcome all candidates with prior experience related to harmful algal blooms, areas that we are particular interested in growing in the lab include biogeochemistry, ecotoxicology, and molecular approaches to study interactions between cyanobacteria and associated organisms. Given that we serve diverse stakeholders, strong communication skills are also required. The individual selected for the position must be able to meet eligibility requirements for work in the United States by the start date and continue working legally for the proposed term of employment.