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PRODiG+ Postdoc in Biological Sciences

Employer
Binghamton University
Location
13902, Binghamton (US)
Salary
Competitive Salary & Benefits
Date posted
Mar 7, 2024

About Binghamton University:

Binghamton University is a premier public R1 research institution in the State University of New York (SUNY) system that unites more than 130 broadly interdisciplinary educational programs with some of the most vibrant research in the nation. Our unique character - shaped by our mission, outstanding academics, facilities, and community life - promotes extraordinary student success, research, and service; Binghamton University is where our students, faculty and staff thrive.

Working at Binghamton University is more than about having a great job - it is about having the opportunity to flourish in an exciting, engaging environment. Our faculty and staff appreciate Binghamton's collegial and inclusive culture and its commitment to excellence, education, innovation and civic engagement. Our diverse campus community contributes to our success.

Binghamton merges rigorous academics, distinguished faculty, exceptional staff, and ultramodern facilities to engage and challenge its 18,000+ students. The high-achieving Binghamton student body also represents a great diversity of life experiences, from first-generation college-goers to international students. Beyond their talent, these classmates share a desire to shape the future through technology, insight, intellectual exploration, and community service.

We are an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer, and in keeping with this commitment, we welcome all to apply, including veterans and persons with disabilities.


Job Description:

The Department of Biological Sciences at Binghamton University (SUNY) is seeking applicants for a PRODiG+ Postdoctoral Fellowship. The fellowship is for two years in the area of Ecological Interactions Influenced by the Microbiome. The gut microbiome has been an area of considerable recent interest to human health, but there are also a variety of important ecological interactions that could be influenced by the composition of the microbiome - especially in the face of global change. The fellowship is therefore open to anyone studying microbiomes in a wide range of plant or animal systems, as long as their focus is on how variation in microbiota could impact the way organisms interact with their biotic or abiotic environment. The aim for this program is to provide a collaborative team of mentors that will both host the Fellow in their laboratories, and help guide them to remain here in a tenure track faculty position at the conclusion of the fellowship. Applicants should therefore have research interests that complement existing faculty in our department. The mentorship team will be built from faculty with research that is most relevant to the applicant's interests, but is expected to consist of: a microbiologist, a community ecologist, and a computational biologist. Fellows are appointed with the title of Postdoctoral Associate, and they will receive a highly competitive compensation package, including New York State comprehensive benefits. There will also be an annual allowance to cover research expenses, conference travel, and dissemination of research findings.  

The Fellowship is part of the SUNY PRODiG+ initiative that focuses on two goals: (1) increasing the number and share of excellent diverse faculty committed to advancing the ideals of diversity, equity, and inclusion; and (2) strengthening the pipeline for retention and support of these faculty. Eligible candidates must demonstrate personal, academic, and/or work experience engaging diversity, equity, and inclusion and/or a commitment to facilitating and enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts in the campus community. Such experience may include, but is not limited to, an academic/scholarly track record focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion; work, volunteer/unpaid/community service; or related experience/expertise in serving underserved or vulnerable areas and/or populations. Also, candidates must be eligible to work in the United States without a visa sponsorship, and have a Ph.D. in Biology or related discipline from an accredited institution completed prior to the start date.

The Fellow will join a diverse biology department with over 30 tenured/tenure-track and teaching faculty members, and will be expected to develop a vigorous research program that contributes to our designation as an R1 institution. Although the Fellow will be mentored by several members of the current faculty, the ultimate goal is for the development of an independent research program that will be capable of attracting external funding. The University is committed to encouraging interdisciplinary collaborations on campus through initiatives and centers, including the Transdisciplinary Area of Excellence in Data Science, the Center for Integrated Watershed Studies, and the Transdisciplinary Area of Excellence in Sustainable Communities. In addition to modern laboratory facilities, the Fellow will also have access and use of a number of other resources. For example, the E. W. Heier Research and Teaching Greenhouses provide both controlled-access research space, as well as a public botanical collection for teaching, outreach, and community engagement. In addition, the university's natural areas for teaching and research cover 600 acres of undeveloped land, including the Nature Preserve and an outdoor Ecological Research Facility.

The Fellowship begins Fall 2024.


Requirements:

Eligible candidates must demonstrate personal, academic, and/or work experience engaging diversity, equity, and inclusion and/or a commitment to facilitating and enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts in the campus community. Such experience may include, but is not limited to, an academic/scholarly track record focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion; work, volunteer/unpaid/community service; or related experience/expertise in serving underserved or vulnerable areas and/or populations. Also, candidates must be eligible to work in the United States without a visa sponsorship, and have a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences or related discipline from an accredited institution completed prior to the start date.

Preference shall be given to candidates who are (1) current SUNY students, alumni, and/or Fellows, and/or (2) from low-income background (e.g., Pell-eligible as undergraduates), were first generation college students (students whose parents have not earned a bachelor's degree), have overcome adversity, are AmeriCorps alumni, or are veterans. 

The PRODiG+ Fellowship is open to any and all prospective candidates regardless of race, color, national origin, or sex, and is consistent with all current governing federal and state nondiscrimination law.  All application submissions will be evaluated in accordance with the required eligibility criteria.


Additional Information:

Offers of employment may be contingent upon successful completion of a pre-employment background check and verification of degree(s) and credentials.

Binghamton University is a tobacco-free campus.

Pursuant to Executive Order 161, no State entity, as defined by the Executive Order, is permitted to ask, or mandate, in any form, that an applicant for employment provide his or her current compensation, or any prior compensation history, until such time as the applicant is extended a conditional offer of employment with compensation.  If such information has been requested from you before such time, please contact the Governor's Office of Employee Relations at (518) 474-6988 or via email at info@goer.ny.gov

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For information on the Dual Career Program, please visit:
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Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer
The State University of New York is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.  It is the policy of Binghamton University to provide for and promote equal opportunity employment, compensation, and other terms and conditions of employment without discrimination on the basis of age, race, color, religion, disability, national origin, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, veteran or military service member status, marital status, domestic violence victim status, genetic predisposition or carrier status, or arrest and/or criminal conviction record unless based upon a bona fide occupational qualification or other exception.

As required by Title IX and its implementing regulations Binghamton University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the educational programs and activities which it operates.  This requirement extends to employment and admission.  Inquiries about sex discrimination may be directed to the University Title IX Coordinator or directly to the Office of Civil Rights (OCR).  Contact information for the Title IX Coordinator and OCR, as well as the University's complete Non-Discrimination Notice may be found here


Application Instructions:

All applicants must apply via Interview Exchange:  http://binghamton.interviewexchange.com/candapply.jsp?JOBID=173272

Deadline for Internal Applicants:  March 19, 2024

Deadline for External Applicants:  Open until filled

Applicants must submit a statement, up to 750 words, that responds to the following - please describe how you've engaged, facilitated, and/or enhanced diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts in the campus community. Examples could include personal, academic, and/or work experience and may include, but is not limited to, an academic/scholarly track record focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion; work, volunteer/unpaid/ community service; or related experience/ expertise in serving underserved or vulnerable areas and/or populations - along with a cover letter, CV, brief research statement, and names and contact information for three references to: https://binghamton.interviewexchange.com.  Review of applications will begin on March 24, and continues until the position is filled.

You may add additional files/documents after uploading your resume. After you fill out your contact information, you will be directed to the upload page. Please login to check/edit your profile or to upload additional documents: http://binghamton.interviewexchange.com/login.jsp.

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