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Post Doctoral Scholar in Microbial Ecology

University of Oregon
Oregon, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted date
Nov 9, 2021

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Faculty Positions, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Biology & Life Sciences
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Post Doctoral Scholar in Microbial Ecology

Job no: 527294
Work type: Faculty - Other
Location: Eugene, OR
Categories: Biology/Life Sciences, Research/Scientific/Grants

Department: Institute for Health in the Built Environment
Rank: Postdoctoral Scholar
Annual Basis: 12 Month

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

Department Summary
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 change.

Learn more about our research programs here:

Institute for health in the Built Environment (IHBE):
Biology and the Build Environment:
Energy Studies in Buildings Laboratory:

Position Summary
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 outcomes.

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 research funding.

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 (

Minimum Requirements
  • 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 experience.
  • A record of, or evidence of potential for, obtaining external research funding.
  • Evidence of or potential for successful research collaboration and/or consultation support to research collaborators.

    Professional Competencies
  • Strong writing skills.
  • Strong analytic and critical thinking skills.
  • Excellent communication skills for translating research findings for policy makers, intervention teams, and research and evaluation specialists.
  • Knowledge of the IRB (human subjects) and IBC (biosafety) submission and review process.

    Preferred Qualifications
  • 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 laboratory.
  • 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 diverse backgrounds.

    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

    The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA. The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply, and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status. The University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. To request an accommodation in connection with the application process, please contact us at or 541-346-5112.

    UO prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression in all programs, activities and employment practices as required by Title IX, other applicable laws, and policies. Retaliation is prohibited by UO policy. Questions may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, Office of Civil Rights Compliance, or to the Office for Civil Rights. Contact information, related policies, and complaint procedures are listed on the statement of non-discrimination.

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