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University of Montana Postdoctoral Research Associate - The Rules of Life Project, Flathead Lake Biological Station in Polson, Montana

Job Description

Professors Jim Elser and Matt Church at the University of Montana and the Flathead Lake Biological Station seek to fill two postdoctoral research associate positions to work on a newly-funded NSF Rules of Life project entitled “The Rules of Life were made to be broken - Connecting Physiology, Evolutionary Ecology, and Mathematics to Identify a Growth Rate Rule”. These postdoctoral researchers will perform studies of the genomic, physiological, ecological, and evolutionary responses of Pseudomonas and Chlamydomonas in chemostat cultures. The overall goal is to establish the conditions under which a close coupling of growth rate, RNA allocation, and C:N:P stoichiometry occurs or does not occur and to examine the ecological consequences of that coupling/decoupling. Work will be supported by a full-time technician and done in collaboration with similar studies of Daphnia(at Oklahoma State University) and with mathematical modelers (at Arizona State University). The postdoctoral scholars are expected to publish these findings in journals and work collaboratively with FLBS scientific staff and collaborators at other institutions.

Located on the eastern shore of one of North America's largest lakes, FLBS is a modern ecological research and education facility adjacent to Glacier National Park in the heart of the Crown of Continent ecoregion. Research foci at FLBS include limnology of Flathead and other large river-lake systems; water quality and supply in changing landscapes; ecological stoichiometry; systems ecology and modeling of large river ecosystems; microbial ecology; nutrient limitation and biogeochemistry; biodiversity conservation; evolutionary biology of animal, plant, and microbial taxa; ecology of invasive species; remote sensing of climate-mediated landscape change; and integration of social and ecological processes in a systems framework. Major FLBS facilities are recently remodeled and fully equipped for on-site research and education.

Position Details
  • The position is a full-time Letter of Appointment and includes a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package (i.e., MUS health insurance benefits, mandatory retirement plan, partial tuition waiver, and wellness program).
Required Skills
  • PhD in ecology, ecophysiology, or evolution of microbes or relevant areas in limnology, oceanography, biogeochemistry
  • Ability to write and publish papers, use and manage large databases, and communicate with others
  • Demonstrated experience with chemostat culturing of microorganisms
  • Knowledge of methods of analysis of genomics and transcriptomics
Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience with methods of experimental evolution
  • Understanding of principles of biological stoichiometry
  • Good supervisory skills
  • Ability to manage several projects of a highly complex nature simultaneously
  • Ability to actively participate in professional development
  • Willingness to assist with the daily administration of the laboratory (lab safety, orderliness, supplies)
  • Willingness to assist with grant reporting
About *UM *and Flathead Lake Biological Station

Located on the eastern shore of one of North America's largest lakes, FLBS is a modern ecological research and education facility adjacent to Glacier National Park in the heart of the Crown of Continent ecoregion. Research foci at FLBS include limnology of Flathead and other large river-lake systems; water quality and supply in changing landscapes; ecological stoichiometry; systems ecology and modeling of large river ecosystems; microbial ecology; nutrient limitation and biogeochemistry; biodiversity conservation; evolutionary biology of animal, plant, and microbial taxa; ecology of invasive species; remote sensing of climate-mediated landscape change; and integration of social and ecological processes in a systems framework. Major FLBS facilities are recently remodeled and fully equipped for on-site research and education.

The University of Montana is a unit of the Montana University System with approximately 12,000 undergraduate and graduate students and 500+ full-time faculty members. It is located in Missoula, a culturally vibrant community of about 70,000, surrounded by mountain grandeur which was recently ranked in the “top 20 best college towns with a population of less than 250,000” by the American Institute for Economic Research and ranked 9th in Outside Magazine’s “The 16 Greatest Places to Live in America” in 2014. Many national publications recognize Missoula for its high quality of life. Abundant recreational opportunities in surrounding state and national forests and nearby Glacier National Park and Yellowstone National Park complement a thriving intellectual atmosphere.* *

UM is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity in all areas. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of qualified people who would assist the University in demonstrating its five priorities for action: Place student success at the center of all we do; drive excellence and innovation in teaching, learning, and research; embody the principle of “mission first, people always"; partner with place; and proudly tell the UM story.

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Criminal Background Investigation is required prior to Offer of Employment. In accordance with University policy, finalists for this position will be subject to criminal background investigations. ADA/EOE/AA/Veteran's Preference Reasonable accommodations are provided in the hiring process for persons with disabilities. For example, this material is available in alternative format upon request. As an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, we encourage applications from minorities, veterans, and women. Qualified candidates may request veterans’ or disabilities preference in accordance with state law. References References not listed on the application materials may be contacted; notice may be provided to the applicant. *Testing **Individual hiring departments at UM-M may elect to administer pre-employment tests, which are relevant to essential job functions.

*Employment Eligibility. *All New Employees must be eligible and show employment eligibility verification by the first date of employment at UM, as legally required (e.g., Form I-9).

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How to Apply

*Priority Application Date: October 15, 2019 *by 11:59 PM (Mountain Time)

Applications received by 10/15/2019 will be guaranteed consideration. Application review will begin after date above and continue until the position is filled.

Please submit the following application materials via "New Resume/CV" button below.

*Please note: only five (5) attachments are allowed per application. Please combine documents accordingly.

  • *Letter of Interest *addressing the stated required skills for the position
  • *Detailed resume *listing education and describing work experience
  • Names and contact information for three (3) professional references

Tracking Code: 2386-254

Job Location: Polson, Montana, United States

Position Type: Full-Time/Regular

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