Dr. Allison Veach at the University of Texas at San Antonio is seeking a postdoctoral scholar to work on a collaborative project investigating carbon flow within intermittent rivers. The project is funded by the Department of Energy and includes collaboration with scientists at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Drs. Brian Laub and Harshad Kulkarni at UTSA will also co-mentor the scholar.
The Veach lab focuses on understanding drivers of microbial structure and function in natural environments in response to anthropogenic change. We collect observational and experimental field and laboratory data in conjunction with performing bioinformatic analyses to answer our research questions. This position will specifically be focused on microbial responses to flow return and carbon flow in intermittent, urban river ecosystems. Additional information regarding the lab can be found at http://www.veachlab.com.
The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) is a distinguished Hispanic Serving Institution, committed to advancing the next generation of leaders from Hispanic/Latino and other historically underrepresented groups through being a model for student success, a great research university, and an exemplar for strategic growth and innovative excellence (see https://www.utsa.edu/strategicplan/). The position will be affiliated with the Department of Integrative Biology (https://www.utsa.edu/sciences/integrative-biology/) in the College of Sciences (https://www.utsa.edu/sciences/). The scholar will also be affiliated with the Institute for Water Research, Sustainability and Policy (https://www.utsa.edu/iwrsp/). The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs at UTSA (https://graduateschool.utsa.edu/postdoctoral-affairs/) offers resources and support to postdoctoral scholars.
Preferred qualifications include:
- Ph.D. in biology, ecology, environmental science, or a related field by the start date of the position
- Experience or strong interest in stream biogeochemistry and/or microbial ecology - Ability to independently write, and demonstrated record, of scientific peer-reviewed publications
- Experience in molecular microbial ecology approaches in the laboratory - Experience working in the field under semi-harsh conditions and/or willingness to do so - Quantitative skills in data analysis using python or R
The anticipated start date is January, 2023 and will be for 1 year. Additional 1-year extension is possible based on first year performance. This is a funded research associate position with starting salary at $40,000 and full benefits. It is expected that the postdoctoral scholar will also develop their own independent research project, related to the theme of the funded project. Funding will be available to attend local and national conferences.
To apply, please send a 2-page cover letter, CV or Resume, unofficial transcripts, and contact details for three professional references to Dr. Allison Veach (Allison.firstname.lastname@example.org). Interviews will begin in September, 2022.