Environmental microbiologist

Friday, August 6, 2021
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USDA ARS Salinity Lab
Job Description: 

A postdoctoral position is available at the US Salinity Laboratory in Riverside, California.

The successful candidate should have a Ph. D degree in life sciences or related majors, a demonstrated record of strong skills in agricultural science, the chemistry of antibiotics and/or antibiotic resistance genes, and experience with comparative genomic analysis, phylogenomics, and/or NGS microbial community surveys. The successful candidate will also be expected to engage in fieldwork, laboratory-based experiments, and bioinformatic analyses. The incumbent will participate as a team member using LC/MS, real-time qPCR, and digital droplet PCR (ddPCR) to track and quantify the dissemination of antibiotic compounds and antibiotic resistance genes in the environment as well as metagenomics analysis of ARBs and ARGs in these samples. The incumbent must be familiar with R statistics or SAS. 

About UCR, USDA/ARS, and Riverside:

UCR is a world-class research university with an exceptionally diverse undergraduate student body. Its mission is explicitly linked to providing routes to educational success for underrepresented and first-generation college students. A commitment to this mission is a preferred qualification.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

The US Salinity Lab (USDA/ARS) is located on the UCR campus (very close to the CEE department). It has several scientists with expertise in various areas, including microbiology, environmental chemistry, plant physiology and biochemistry, molecular genetics, and modeling. It holds adequate lab space, analytical and microbiology instruments, as well as greenhouses and outdoor lysimeter tanks for plant studies. 

Riverside (The City of Arts and Culture) is located in southern California, between Los Angeles and San Diego and close to Irvine and Temecula, but with a living cost more affordable than Los Angeles or San Diego. It has a Mediterranean climate with warm weather in the summer and pleasant weather in the winter, always with a lot of sunshine. Riverside is located about 1.5 hours from beaches and mountain communities. Outdoor activities for leisure time are plentiful, as is good food. Riverside has lots of diversity. Last but not least, Riverside has strong ties to the seedless ‘Navel’ orange sent to Riverside 140–150 years ago from the state of Bahia, Brazil.  One of the original ‘Navel’ orange trees is still kept alive as a historic monument at the corner of Arlington and Magnolia streets in Riverside.

If interested, please contact:

Mark Ibekwe

USDA-ARS US Salinity Lab.