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Montana State University Postdoctoral Research Associate in Bozeman, Montana

Position Details

Announcement Number STAFF - VA - 21012

For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Roland Hatzenpichler roland.hatzenpichler@montana.edu 406-994-5469

Classification Title Postdoctoral Researcher

Working Title Postdoctoral Research Associate

Brief Position Overview

The Hatzenpichler Environmental Microbiology Lab is looking for a postdoctoral researcher to join a collaborative project on the diversity, genomics, physiology, and ultrastructure of Asgard archaea and its implications for eukaryogenesis. We seek to obtain a comprehensive genetic catalog of Asgard archaea diversity, determine their physiology, and characterize their cellular ultrastructure. To achieve this, we will employ an array of “omics”, physiology, and microscopic approaches. Determining the identity of archaea most closely related to eukaryotes, their physiological interactions, and cellular structure will transform our understanding of eukaryogenesis.

To learn more about the Hatzenpichler lab visit www.environmental-microbiology.com

Position Number 4C0434

Department Chemistry

Division College of Letters & Science

Appointment Type Research Professional

Contract Term Fiscal Year

Semester

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FLSA Exempt

Union Affiliation Exempt from Collective Bargaining

FTE 1.0

Benefits Eligible Eligible

Salary Salary commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications.

Contract Type LOA

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Recruitment Type Open

General Statement

The Hatzenpichler Environmental Microbiology Lab is looking for a postdoctoral researcher to join a collaborative project on the diversity, genomics, physiology, and ultrastructure of Asgard archaea and its implications for eukaryogenesis. This research project is part of an international collaboration between the Hatzenpichler lab and the groups of Brett Baker, Mark Ellisman, and Thijs Ettema. Together, we seek to obtain a comprehensive genetic catalog of Asgard archaea diversity, determine their physiology, and characterize their cellular ultrastructure. To achieve this, we will employ an array of “omics”, physiology, and microscopic approaches. Determining the identity of archaea most closely related to eukaryotes, their physiological interactions, and cellular structure will transform our understanding of eukaryogenesis.

The position will be available starting September 1st 2020 and will remain open until filled. We are willing to wait for an exceptionally qualified candidate to finish their Ph.D. to start the position. The position is funded for 36 months by the Simons Foundation’s Origin of the Eukaryotic Cell Initiative and includes full benefits. . Applicants are asked to submit a CV including a list of publications, a 1-2 page statement on research interests, experience and goals, and the names and contact information of at least three references. Reference letters do not have to be included during initial application but will be requested as needed.

Duties and Responsibilities

The postdoc will use a combination of cutting-edge next-generation physiology approaches targeted at Asgard archaea physiology and cell-cell (metabolic and physical) interactions. Approaches to be employed include stable isotope probing, substrate analog probing, fluorescence activated cell sorting, Raman micro-spectroscopy, different in situ visualization techniques, as well as genome analyses and targeted cultivation. The postdoc’s main objective will be to experimentally test genomic predictions on Asgard archaea physiology and cellular interactions, and (ideal case scenario) obtain an enrichment culture of an Asgard archaeon

Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • Ph.D. and a publication record in environmental microbiology, microbial physiology, molecular ecology, or a related field at the time of appointment.

Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • Experience in oligo/poly-nucleotide probe design and application of FISH, CARD-FISH, gene-FISH and/or HCR-FISH to environmental samples.

  • Experience in modern experimental microbial ecology techniques, e.g., stable isotope probing, high-throughput cultivation, or functional genomics.

  • In-depth knowledge of archaeal physiology and cell biology.

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and excellent command of English

The Successful Candidate Will

  • Have excellent oral and written communication skills.

  • Have the ability to work effectively with diverse populations.

  • Have the ability to work independently on a wide variety of tasks and in different roles.

  • Participate in experimental field work.

  • Commit to the mentoring of graduate and undergraduate students.

  • Work productively in a team-oriented environment and have a proven track record of team work.

  • Maintain effective attention to detail, meet deadlines, prioritize competing demands, and should be skilled at prioritizing, organizing, and working on multiple projects.

Position Special Requirements/Additional Information

This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State University’s rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Physical Demands

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

This position has supervisory duties? Yes

Number of Vacancies 1

Desired Start Date Upon completion of a successful search.

Position End Date (if temporary)

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Applications will be:

Screening of applications will begin on August 17, 2020 ; however, applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.

Special Instructions

Diversity Statement

Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

Montana State University is committed to providing a working and learning environment free from discrimination. As such, the University does not discriminate in the admission, access to or conduct of its educational programs and activities nor in its employment policies and practices on the basis of an individual’s race, color, religion, national origin, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran’s status, sex, age, political ideas, marital or family status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation. In support of the University’s mission to be inclusive and diverse, applications from qualified minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged.

Montana State University makes accommodation for any known disability that may interfere with an applicant’s ability to compete in the hiring process or an employee’s ability to perform the duties of the job. To request an accommodation, contact the Human Resources Office, PO Box 172520, Montana State University, Bozeman MT 59717-2520; 406-994-3651; recruitment@montana.edu .

In compliance with the Montana Veteran’s Employment Preference Act, MSU provides preference in employment to veterans, disabled veterans, and certain eligible relatives of veterans. To claim veteran’s preference please complete the veteran’s preference information located in the Demographics section of your profile.

MSU’s Non-Discrimination Policy and Discrimination Grievance Procedures can be located on the MSU Website: http://www.montana.edu/hr/disabilityaccommodation/complaintsgrievances.html .

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