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Postdoctoral Research Associate in Marine Sciences

Location: Avery Point Campus Groton, Connecticut
Company: University of Connectuicut
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Closing Date: Friday, February 23, 2018
Date Posted: Friday, February 2, 2018


MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS Doctoral degree in Marine Sciences or closely related field, with an emphasis on benthic suspension feeders. Experience working with nanomaterials (in particular photocatalysts), microplastics, or the microbiome of invertebrates. Knowledge of benthic invertebrates and near-shore processes. Publications related to the minimum qualifications. Demonstrated experience mentoring graduate and undergraduate students. Strong writing skills. PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS Experience with toxicological techniques and cellular biomarkers, or next-generation sequencing and bioinformatic analysis of metagenetic data. Experience with invertebrate culture, care and maintenance. Technical expertise with ICPMS and techniques of toxicology, or Illumina sequencing and bioinformatic pipelines (e.g., QIIME). AAUS SCUBA certification. APPOINTMENT TERMS The postdoctoral position is for one year with the possibility of extension to additional years. The position offers a competitive salary with generous health benefits. The preferred start date for the position is May 2018.


A postdoctoral opportunity is available to participate in research focused on environmental physiology and toxicology of shellfish and other benthic suspension-feeding invertebrates. We seek a motivated individual to participate in and enhance ongoing research in one of the following areas of study: 1) the impacts of nanomaterials and microplastics on larvae and adults, or 2) the functional significance and mechanistic role of the microbiome on cellular and physiological processes of the host. The work will be carried out predominately in laboratories at the University of Connecticut, Department of Marine Sciences, at Avery Point, under the guidance of Dr. J. Evan Ward. DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITES Carry out laboratory assays and long-term studies on shellfish and other benthic suspension-feeding invertebrates. Euthanize invertebrates and isolate various tissues for analyses. Carry out established protocols, and develop and implement new protocols for analysis of nanomaterials, microplastics, or the microbiome, and their impacts on target organisms. Participate in field work including collection of animals and in situ studies. Process and analyze data. Participate – as both lead author and co-author – in preparation of project reports, scientific manuscripts for publication, and proposals. Interact with technical laboratory personnel and mentor graduate and undergraduate students.
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Other Contact Information: TO APPLY Interested individuals should apply online using UConn Jobs,, Staff Positions, to upload a single PDF document that includes a cover letter outlining research experience and interests (maximum 3 pages), a CV, and contact information for three professional references. Information about the Ward laboratory can be found at and It is preferred that applications are received by February 23, 2018. Employment of the successful candidate will be contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check. (Search # 2018379)

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