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Postdoctoral Associate in Microbial Ecology

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Stroud Water Research Center is searching for a Postdoctoral Associate to study molecular microbial ecology in  aquatic and terrestrial environments.  

The preferred candidate will have a Ph.D. in microbial ecology with expertise in comprehensive molecular  techniques including but not limited to high throughput sequencing, qPCR, metagenomics, etc. The ideal candidate  should (1) have core competencies in molecular microbial ecology; (2) have a strong basic and theoretical  understanding of microbial ecology and be able to integrate bio-, geo-, and chemical sciences; (3) possess a strong  publication record; (4) have a proven ability to work collaboratively with a multidisciplinary team; (5) be flexible  about field/lab work, data processing and writing beyond routine work hours; and (6) be knowledgeable about the  emerging technologies within the discipline. 


The successful candidate will participate in multiple projects funded by the National Science Foundation and U.S.  Dept. of Agriculture. Work will include some experimental design and field and laboratory work, but the primary focus will be on analysis of existing data sets and preparation of manuscripts for peer-reviewed publication. As an  integral part of Stroud’s postdoc mentor/development plan, the postdoctoral associate is also expected to participate and assist in grant proposals for additional funding. Experience with bacterial monitoring, anaerobic culture, soil  health, or bioinformatics is a plus. The successful candidate will be expected to work collaboratively with other  Stroud Center senior scientists, postdocs, technical staff, graduate students, as well as with external partners and  colleagues (e.g., University of Delaware, University of Pennsylvania). This is a full-time, salaried position that  requires daily in-person activity on the Stroud Center campus. Some weekends and early/late working conditions  may occasionally be required including the potential for overnight travel. 


Review of applications will begin on April 15th 2021 and the applications will be accepted until the position is filled.  Applicants with approved work permits in the USA will be given priority. The preferred starting date is early  summer 2021. To apply, please go to Stroud Center employment webpage ( and  include a cover letter, curriculum vitae/resume, and the names and contact details for three professional references  as a SINGLE ATTACHMENT (do not send multiple attachments). The name of the attached file should start with  the applicant’s last name in the file name (e.g., LASTNAME_RESUME.PDF). Finalists will be interviewed in  person or by video conference.  


The Stroud Water Research Center will provide a competitive salary based on the candidate’s experience and  qualifications. This is a full-time position including a comprehensive employee benefit plan. Funding for this  position is secured for at least 2 years and extension is contingent on additional grant support.


Stroud Water Research Center seeks to advance knowledge and stewardship of fresh water through global research,  education, and watershed restoration and to help businesses, landowners, policymakers, and individuals make  informed decisions that affect water quality and availability around the world. Since its creation in 1967, teams of  scientists have conducted pioneering research on streams and rivers locally, regionally, and throughout the world.  Today, the Stroud Center’s research team blends its talents in chemistry, microbiology, aquatic entomology (insects  and other invertebrates), ichthyology (fish), hydrology, fluvial geomorphology, and ecosystem modeling in  collaborative studies of the physical, chemical, and biological processes of streams and rivers. The Stroud Center’s  education staff helps to interpret our research findings and builds education programs about freshwater ecology,  management, and stewardship for a wide audience. The Stroud Center’s Watershed Restoration Group develops  and implements watershed restoration programs that connect landowners, stakeholders, and the general public with  best management practices for conserving, restoring, and protecting watersheds. While we work in watersheds all  over the world, most of our ideas are generated and pilot tested at the Stroud Center’s main campus in the White  Clay Creek experimental watershed where the Stroud Center has a 50-year research and monitoring record within  a unique facility that includes indoor “wet” labs and streamside flumes fed by flowing water pumped in from the  creek on our property. In 2012, the Stroud Center expanded its campus to 50 acres and constructed a LEED  Platinum-certified building for education and public outreach, the Moorhead Environmental Complex. Learn more  at 

Stroud Water Research Center is an independent, non-advocacy 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization and is an  Equal Opportunity Employer.