Post-Doctoral Associate eDNA application

Jan 13, 2022

NRRI Post-Doctoral Associate (9546)

Job Opening: 345517

Supervisor: Chan Lan Chun

This position will remain opened until filled 

About the Job

The Natural Resources Research Institute at the University of Minnesota Duluth is seeking a Post-Doctoral Associate with a solid background in environmental bioinformatics, eDNA application, and biogeochemical cycles. The postdoctoral researcher will work with a team of researchers and students to generate and analyze large-scale DNA/RNA sequence data from microbial communities of wetlands, peatland, and lake sediments in the Great Lakes region and carry out laboratory mesocosm study under the supervision of Dr. Chan Lan Chun. Most of the work will focus on the biogeochemical cycling and redox reactions mediated by prokaryotic and fungal communities. It may also have an opportunity to work on environmental DNA application of benthic organisms or invasive species in freshwater environments.

Terms of Employment:

This appointment is 100%-time, temporary position to last 12 months in duration.

Job Duties:
• Analyze DNA and RNA sequence data from freshwater systems. (50%)
• Conduct laboratory microcosm experiments with molecular biological analysis. (20%)
• Prepare manuscripts and presentations reporting on the results of experiments. (20%)
• Assists in the training and supervision of students. (10%)


Required Qualifications:
• Experience with R and python or similar programming languages.
• Experience in analyzing large DNA or RNA sequence datasets.
• Knowledge of standard suite of bioinformatics-related software.
• Abilities to use standard laboratory equipment (thermocyclers, pipettes, etc.).programming languages
• Good oral and written communication skills.
• Eligible candidates must have received their PhD in a related field no later than three years prior to the anticipated start date.

Preferred Qualifications:
• Individuals with experience in one or more of the following are especially encouraged to apply: high throughput amplicon sequencing, metagenomics, environmental microbiology, soil microbiology, metabarcoding and biogeochemical cycling.
• Experience with machine learning application in microbial ecology.
• Experience with metabarcoding for fungi, algae, or benthic organisms.

About the Department

The Natural Resources Research Institute was established by the Minnesota legislature in 1983 as an applied science and engineering research organization to inform state citizens and decision-makers while leveraging the power of the University of Minnesota. NRRI is guided by the forward-looking charter provided by the Legislature to foster the economic development of Minnesota’s natural resources in an environmentally sound manner to promote private sector employment.

NRRI’s mission is to deliver integrated research solutions that value our resources, environment, and economy for a sustainable and resilient future. We are a mission-driven, project-focused team working to create opportunities for natural resource stewardship. With industrial-scale facilities in Duluth and Coleraine, MN, NRRI works across five strategic research platforms. These platforms address Minnesota’s soil, forest, water, and mineral resources:

  • Applied Ecology and Resource Management

  • Minerals and Metallurgy

  • Materials and Bioeconomy

  • Data Collection and Delivery

  • Commercialization Services

How To Apply

Applications must be submitted online.  SEE THIS LINK. You will have the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter and resume.

Additional documents may be attached after application by accessing your "My Job Applications" page and uploading documents in the "My Cover Letters and Attachments" section.  

This position will remain open until filled.

To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).


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