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Postdoctoral Research Associate I

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Title Postdoctoral Research Associate I
Department Ecology & Evolutionary Biology (0420)
Location Main Campus
Position Summary

We are looking for a creative post-doctoral scientist with a strong background in instrumentation, isotope biogeochemistry, and/or modeling to join an interdisciplinary “ecosystem genomics” team seeking to discover how microbial community composition and metabolism scale to the ecosystem biogeochemistry of carbon, focusing on a carbon-rich biome critical for understanding feedbacks to climate change. The position will focus on methane cycling across land use types in the Amazon of Brazil.

The position is based at University Arizona, but will involve significant time commitments at international research sites and collaborator institutions. These are exceptional opportunities to learn new techniques and to make major scientific contributions to problems of both scientific and societal interest using cutting-edge technology.

This is an interdisciplinary research program, and the candidate need not to be familiar with all of the relevant methods, but a strong science background relevant to isotope biogeochemistry, including field instrumentation, and interpretation of data within a mathematical modeling framework, is desired.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, vision, and life insurance; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities
  • Manage cutting edge field instrumentation.
  • Lead interpretation of resultant data on isotopic composition of fluxes and concentrations of carbon cycle gases.
  • Work as part of an international team studying the molecular microbial ecology of carbon cycling using multiple methods (from metagenomics of microbial communities to ecosystem fluxes).
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
  • Excellent communication skills.
Minimum Qualifications
  • Ph.D. in Engineering, Atmospheric Sciences, Biology or Related Field.
  • Ability to take a leadership role for specific project components and collaborate with members of a broad international and interdisciplinary team.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Fluency in (or a desire to learn) Portuguese is strongly desired.
  • Facility with using a mathematical modeling framework to interpret field observations is desirable, as are original ideas for complementary investigations of microbial community ecology.
FLSA Exempt
Full Time/Part Time Full Time
Number of Hours Worked per Week 40
Job Category Postdoctoral Research
Benefits Eligible Yes - Full Benefits
Posted Rate of Pay DOE
Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number P20464
Number of Vacancies One
Desired Start Date 12/01/2017
Position End Date (if temporary)
Limited to Current UA Employees No
Contact Information for Candidates

For more details, see: (Saleska research group)
Please send inquiries to Dr. Scott Saleska ( or Dr Laura Meredith (

Open Date 10/11/2017
Close Date 06/30/2018
Open Until Filled
Review Begins On 11/01/2017
Special Instructions to Applicant
Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. We translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with diverse perspectives and experiences, we encourage minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities to apply. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs.

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Supplemental Questions

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  1. * Where did you first learn about this position?
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  2. * Upon hire, will you possess a Ph.D. in Engineering, Atmospheric Sciences, Biology or any related field?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * Do you possess the ability to take a leadership role for specific project components and the ability to collaborate with members of a broad international and interdisciplinary team?
    • Yes
    • No

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
Optional Documents