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Postdoctoral Research Associate

Florida Gulf Coast University
Florida, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Dec 13, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Professional Fields, Urban & Regional Planning, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Biology & Life Sciences, Biotechnology & Bioengineering, Other Science & Technology, Administrative, Academic Affairs, Research Administration
Employment Type
Full Time
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Job Summary

This postdoctoral research associate will provide an excellent opportunity for an early career researcher to work collaboratively with FGCU scientists and agency collaborators using molecular approaches to understanding Cyanobacteria and Harmful Algal Blooms. In particular, the candidate will: 1) oversight of genetic research, include metagenomics and phylogenetics project, 2) coordinate the isolation and maintenance of cyanobacterial cultures for experimentation, taxonomic studies and determine if they have the ability to produce toxins from various freshwater habitats, 3) process isolates for toxin genes and analyses and phylogenetics; 4) perform laboratory experiments on the triggers for toxin production/control through culturing experiments. A team of scientists working across various institutions are participating in this effort and there is substantial room for creative approaches by the postdoc to propose original research to understand and improve our knowledge of species and their potential to cause harm to humans and wildlife. The research is expected to result in widely-distributed visual database and publications of toxin-producing cyanobacteria species. The postdoctoral researcher’s contributions are expected to provide insight into the less common species found in blooms, contribute data to genetic repositories, and advance our understanding of cyanobacterial bloom dynamics.

Job Description

Typical duties include but not limited to:
• Assists faculty research mentor with research project.
• Duties may vary depending on research project and discipline.

Other duties:
• Performs other job-related duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications
• Ph. D. in Aquatic Biology or related field
• Experience with molecular techniques related to genetics
• Strong laboratory skills

Preferred Qualifications

• Experience with cyanobacteria genetics
• Experience with cyanotoxin testing
• Experience growing algal or cyanobacteria

Additional Job Description

All employees are excepted to:
• Promote a common purpose consistent with stated University goals and demonstrate a commitment to students and the learning environment.
• Possess the knowledge of general written standards and procedures utilized, and have the ability to read, interpret, and follow procedural and policy manual related to the job tasks.
• Demonstrate the ability to respond to supervision, guidance and direction in a positive, receptive manner and in accordance with stated policies.
• Provide quality customer service by creating a welcoming and supportive environment.
• Present a professional image in word, action and attire.
• Demonstrate professionalism in dealing with a diverse population while understanding and respecting each other’s view of the world, personalities and working styles.
• Apply effective techniques to create working relationships with others to achieve common goals; successfully communicates and collaborates with others to achieve goals.
• Demonstrate skills necessary to look at situations and processes critically to make recommendations for improvement.

FGCU is an EOE AA /F/Vet/Disability Employer.
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