Postdoctoral Researcher Assistant

The Horn Point Laboratory (HPL) of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) invites applications for a full-time appointment as an Assistant Research Scientist postdoctoral position for 1 year, with the possibility for extension pending performance and funding. Salary will be commensurate with experience and a comprehensive benefits package is available.

The traditional dichotomy between plant (producer) and animal (consumer) lifestyles is blurred in aquatic ecosystems by the nearly ubiquitous ability of unicellular plankton to acquire energy and/or nutrients using both strategies. Mixotrophy is broadly defined as the combined ability within a single organism to function as both a photoautotroph and a heterotroph. Mixotrophy is so competitively successful that this capability is now thought to occur throughout the world’s oceans. Yet, our understanding of mixotrophy is still in its infancy. Our understanding is limited, in part, because our foodweb and biogeochemical models have not yet caught up to our emerging understanding of the quantitative importance of mixotrophy. Formative work on the quantitative role of mixotrophy has been undertaken in Chesapeake Bay (CB), but much remains to be resolved. The objective of this study is to improve our understanding of the role of mixotrophic dinoflagellates in CB by collecting relevant ecophysiological data to permit their inclusion in foodweb and biogeochemical models.

The candidate will work in collaboration with Drs. Greg Silsbe and Sairah Malkin at the Horn Point Laboratory. The HPL supports a wide array of estuarine and marine research activities. HPL is located on 344 ha of waterfront preserve along the shore of the Choptank River subestuary that opens into Chesapeake Bay. Relevant HPL facilities for this work include analytical services for nutrient and pigment analyses, a cell-analysis center equipped with epifluorescence microscopes and flow cytometers, and environmental chambers for mesocosm and culture experiments.

Qualifications: The successful candidate will have a PhD in oceanography, marine biology, or a related discipline, and will have a strong background in protist ecology. Preferred candidates will have experience with flow-cytometry, maintaining cultures, and be willing and capable of conducting fieldwork from a small research vessel. A demonstration of productivity through publication in high quality peer-reviewed journals and an ability to conduct independent research are considered important assets.

How to apply: Please send an email to mixotroph@umces.edu containing (1) a cover letter describing your motivation for this position, relevant skills and experience, and contact information for two references, (2) a curriculum vitae, and (3) three representative publications of your research. The review of applications will begin in early October 2017 and continue until the position is filled.

UMCES is an AA/EOE institution. Individuals with disabilities, veterans, women, and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Location: 
Horn Point Laboratory
Wednesday, September 13, 2017