We are seeking a post-doctoral researcher to help lead a project based in the laboratory of Associate Professor Ryan Kelly at the University of Washington's School of Marine and Environmental Affairs, using amplicon sequencing and CRISPR-based techniques for environmental monitoring. The core project will be developing tools to do NEPA-style environmental impact reporting using molecular methods, working to push cutting-edge techniques out of the lab and into the realm of real-world application in environmental science and policy.
The successful candidate will lead day-to-day work on all aspects of the project, including field collections, developing and executing lab techniques surrounding PCR, qPCR, and CRISPR Cas-12a/13a assays, analysis and write-up, and communications with field partners. The position may include opportunities for public outreach to broaden engagement and participation in the sciences, to strengthen or develop autonomy in project-management and leadership in an academic setting, and to develop partnerships with the private sector.
The anticipated start date is January 2021. The initial appointment is for 1 year, 100% FTE, with the possibility of an additional year pending a performance review and funding availability.
A Postdoctoral Scholar is an academic appointment that requires evidence of a conferred PhD by the appointment start date and candidates cannot exceed five years of Postdoctoral experience prior to the end of an appointment.
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A PhD or foreign equivalent in biology, molecular biology, chemistry, or related fields is required.
Experience with DNA/RNA extraction, PCR, qPCR, and related core molecular-biological techniques.
Excellent quantitative analytical skills including facility with statistical computing (e.g. R (preferred) or Python).
Excellent writing and communication skills.
Willingness and ability to seek out new techniques and information and to put these into practice.
CRISPR Cas-12a/13a experience, environmental consulting / NEPA experience, freshwater/estuarine natural history and ecology is desired, though not required.
Please upload the following to Interfolio:
1) A one-page personal statement of interest in the job
2) A curriculum vitae
3) The names and contact information of three references
For questions about potential disability accommodation during the application process, please contact the UW's Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450, or 206-543-6452 (TTY), or [email protected]
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