Microbial Ecologist

deadline: 25/09/2022

Water Institute of the Gulf

Fixed term contract

Louisiana, USA

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The Water Institute is seeking a Microbial Ecologist to conduct field, laboratory work in coastal and deltaic environments with a focus of assessing carbon fluxes in coastal habitats of wetlands, estuaries, and coastal ocean.

Host organisation

The Water Institute of the Gulf is an independent, non-profit applied research organisation that works across disciplines to advance science and develop integrated methods used to solve complex environmental and societal challenges.

They connect researchers across disciplines to support governmental, private sector and NGO partners in planning for an uncertain future. Their integrated and interdisciplinary team’s methodology is founded on engaging scientific, engineering and planning experts to provide technical rigour and framing necessary to support robust decision making

Position description

Candidates selected will help conduct field work, prepare samples for analysis, and analyse data to help improve the fluxes of a carbon budget for coastal Louisiana while working closely with partners from academia, industry, and local, state, and regional governments as necessary to generate exemplary, world-class applied research. Responsibilities will reflect career stage and previous experience.

Profile and skills

  • PhD with one post doc or 2+ years of work experience in oceanography, coastal or aquatic ecology, limnology, environmental science, wetland ecology or other ecology-related field;
  • Expertise using genomic tools to quantify microbial populations and nutrient cycling processes;
  • Knowledge of methanogen/methanotroph community and physiology of methanogenesis;
  • Analysis of bacterial community diversity and abundance;
  • Analysis of high-throughput genomic and transcriptomic data;
  • Fluency in English (reading, speaking and writing).

Professional skills

  • Adaptability
  • Teamwork
  • Autonomy
  • Good communication (written and spoken)
  • Writing skills
  • Passion et enthusiasm

Contract type

Fixed term contract

Location

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States

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