Postdoctoral Research Associate

Maine, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Nov 11, 2020
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Bates College seeks a Postdoctoral Research Associate to become a key collaborator in a cross-state interdisciplinary project using robotics, traditional limnological sampling, high-frequency data, and machine learning to predict cyanobacterial blooms. This person will coordinate fieldwork and laboratory analyses across multiple sites and labs and work with and facilitate the participation of people with a variety of educational backgrounds and experience. Substantive engagement with issues of equity, inclusion, access, anti-racism, and diversity in STEM will be expected, and persons with demonstrated success working with historically underrepresented and marginalized people are strongly encouraged to apply. The postdoc will be involved in Environmental Studies Programs at both Bates and Colby Colleges and will have access to workshops on teaching development, inclusive practices in STEM, and funded opportunities to attend research conferences and whole-team meetings.

The initial appointment is for one year with an additional year or two dependent upon performance and funding.



A successful candidate for this position must have:


  • Doctorate in environmental science, ecology, or a related field. Doctorate in data or computer science or related field considered if experience also includes familiarity with ecological research and limnological data sets and demonstrated ability to perform needed tasks. Degree by March 2021 preferred; ABD considered.


  • Strong background in limnology, ecology, or analysis of large ecological data sets.
  • Prior work with a collaborative team.
  • Demonstrated commitment to issues of equity and inclusion.
  • Facility in Microsoft Office and Google Suite
  • Some familiarity with common analytical programs such as R, JMP, MATLAB, or GIS, or a formal language such as Python required. Familiarity with reference management software preferred.
  • Prior work with large data sets or modeling preferred.

Skills & Knowledge

  • Familiarity with field practices, laboratory analyses, and data of limnological research.
  • Excellent organizational and logistical practices for field, laboratory, and data activities.
  • Exceptional communication (written, verbal, and presentation) required.
  • Awareness of issues of power and privilege and some of the ways these may influence both situations and interpersonal interactions. Willingness and ability to intercede as necessary to maintain opportunities for students from underrepresented groups. Openness to learning more about these issues.
  • Ability to center inclusive research and anti-racist practices.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to develop and maintain collegial relationships as part of a research team. Must be flexible and collaborative and have a positive attitude. A sense of humor is appreciated.
  • Ability to work with a high level of independence to handle multiple research priorities and exercise judgment within defined research expectations and objectives.
  • Excellent critical thinking, analytical, and problem-solving skills; ability to synthesize complex or diverse information.
  • Attention to detail and documentation of work—both successful and unsuccessful—is essential, including a willingness to admit errors, communicate problems, and work toward solutions.
  • Willingness to work around water and boats (canoes and pontoon boats).
  • Stamina sufficient for an entire day of field or laboratory work (with breaks). Work might involve lifting coolers with samples or boats, so strength sufficient to do this without injury matters. 


Bates is internationally recognized as a leading liberal arts college, attracting 2,000 students from across the U.S. and around the world.

Since 1855, Bates has been dedicated to educating the whole person through creative and rigorous scholarship in a collaborative residential community. Committed to opportunity and excellence, Bates has always admitted students without regard to gender, race, religion, or national origin.

Cultivating intellectual discovery and informed civic action, Bates prepares leaders sustained by a love of learning and zeal for responsible stewardship of the wider world. Bates engages the forces — intellectual trends, demographic changes, and technology — that are transforming higher education and the world into which our students graduate.

Bates has highly competitive admissions, graduates over 90 percent of its entering students, and more than half of its alumni earn graduate degrees. Bates employs 200 faculty members and 550 staff.

The college is proud of deep roots in the Lewiston/Auburn community, Maine’s second-largest urban area with a population of approximately 65,000. Bates is located on a beautiful, 133-acre, traditional New England campus in Lewiston, an emerging city with an entrepreneurial climate, a lively arts scene, and a dynamic business community. Bates is 35 miles north of Portland, 140 miles north of Boston, and 350 miles north of New York City.

Application Instructions

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references. This position requires the successful completion of a pre-employment background screening. Review of applications begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled. (References will not be contacted without your permission.)

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