Post Doctoral Scholar in Microbial Ecology
Faculty - Other
Institute for Health in the Built
Review of Applications Begins
May 17, 2021; position open until filled
Special Instructions to Applicants
To apply, include your CV, a letter of application, and contact
information for three professional references
The University of Oregon Biology and the Built Environment (BioBE)
Center comprises an interdisciplinary team of architects,
engineers, and microbiologists with expertise spanning indoor air
quality and the indoor microbiome, as well as building performance,
energy efficiency, and indoor environmental quality. The BioBE
Center is an integral partner with the University of Oregon Health
in the Built Environment, a collaboration with multiple academic
institutions, centers, and labs in collaboration with private
industry, philanthropic organizations, and government agencies to
improve the health and well-being of building inhabitants while
reducing energy consumption in order to reverse climate
Learn more about our research programs here:
Institute for health in the Built Environment (IHBE): https://buildhealth.uoregon.edu
Biology and the Build Environment: https://biobe.uoregon.edu/
Energy Studies in Buildings Laboratory: https://esbl.uoregon.edu/
The Biology and the Built Environment Center is currently seeking a
post-doc to investigate fundamental questions surrounding the role
of microorganisms (bacteria, viruses, fungi archaea, and protists)
in the built environment and in relation to human health
The ideal candidate will have a combination of domain expertise and
leadership potential. With regards to domain expertise, candidates
should possess a demonstrated ability to generate, process, analyze
and interpret microbiome data. Deep knowledge in data analytics,
bioinformatics, bioaerosol science, and/or clinical microbiology is
highly desirable. From a leadership perspective, we are seeking
candidates who are comfortable working on multiple concurrent
projects with interdisciplinary scientists and private industries
comprising a diverse range of experience; have demonstrated a
record of scientific writing and scholarly productivity; have a
record of, or evidence of potential for, obtaining external
The successful candidate will have the ability to work with
faculty, students, and industry partners from a variety of diverse
backgrounds and the opportunity to creatively and independently
engage in research at the BioBE Center (https://biobe.uoregon.edu/
- Earned doctorate in Biology, Microbial Ecology, Computational
Biology, Bioinformatics or a closely related field.
- A record of, or evidence of potential for, scholarly
productivity and excellence commensurate with level of
- A record of, or evidence of potential for, obtaining external
- Evidence of or potential for successful research collaboration
and/or consultation support to research collaborators.
- Strong writing skills.
- Strong analytic and critical thinking skills.
- Excellent communication skills for translating research
findings for policy makers, intervention teams, and research and
- Knowledge of the IRB (human subjects) and IBC (biosafety)
submission and review process.
- Expertise of one or more of these areas: clinical and/or
environmental microbiology, bioaerosol sciences, infectious
disease, and infection control.
- Knowledge of laboratory safety practices required for a BSL-2
- Wet laboratory bench experience to include molecular techniques
(PCR, qPCR, DNA/RNA extractions, genomic library prep, culturing of
bacteria and fungi, cell culture techniques for viruses, anaerobic
chamber dynamics, superior sterile technique).
- An established area of substantive research interest that
complements or expands existing BioBE research.
- Demonstrated ability to analyze, interpret, and visualize
complex data; expertise in advanced and multivariate statistics;
and experience processing and analyzing large microbial amplicon
and/or metagenomic datasets.
- Demonstrated experience managing multiple projects and a team
of interdisciplinary scientists comprising a diverse range of
experience (undergraduate through post-doc).
- Expertise using bioinformatics to understand the ecology and/or
evolution of complex microbial systems.
- A record of, or evidence of potential to work collaboratively
with faculty, students, and industry partners from a variety of
The University of Oregon is proud to offer a robust benefits
package to eligible employees, including health insurance,
retirement plans and paid time off. For more information about
benefits, visit http://hr.uoregon.edu/careers/about-benefits.
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To apply, visit https://careers.uoregon.edu/en-us/job/527294/post-doctoral-scholar-in-microbial-ecology