Faculty Positions in Marine Microbial Ecology

Faculty Position(s) in Aquatic Microbial Ecology The Horn Point Laboratory (HPL) of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) is seeking up to two highly qualified individuals specializing in aquatic microbial ecology. Research areas may range in scope, but the ideal candidate will possess expertise related to microbial involvement in carbon cycling, biogeochemical transformations, and/or food-web interactions. Candidates with a research focus on prokaryotic and/or eukaryotic organisms are welcome to apply. The successful candidate(s) will be expected to develop rigorous, high-profile, externally funded basic and applied research programs that maximize the available resources at Horn Point Laboratory and within UMCES, and teach and mentor graduate students. 

Excellent opportunities are available for collaborative, interdisciplinary research on a wide range of environmental science topics at HPL/UMCES. Current research areas among the 23 faculty members at the Horn Point Laboratory include Aquaculture and Restoration Ecology, Microbial Ecology, Aquatic and Sedimentary Biogeochemistry, Plankton Ecology, Wetlands Ecology, Physical Oceanography of Estuaries and Coasts, Sediment Transport, Coupled Physical-Biological Modeling, Remote Sensing, and Ecological Forecasting. There is also potential for collaboration with colleagues throughout the three other laboratories that compose UMCES as well as other branches of the University System of Maryland (USM).  Within UMCES there are strong programs in Fisheries Science, Chemical Oceanography and Toxicology at the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory in Solomons; Environmental Molecular Biology and Biotechnology at the Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology in Baltimore; and Freshwater and Terrestrial Ecology at the Appalachian Environmental Laboratory in Frostburg. Additional research opportunities are available through various institutional mechanisms. For example, UMCES is a partner within CINAR, a NOAA-funded Cooperative Institute for the North Atlantic Region (http://www.cinar.org/).  These efforts are part of a larger UMCES commitment to translating scientific knowledge to resource managers and policymakers in support of sustainable ecosystems. Close proximity to the Washington-Baltimore area and its three airports fosters collaborative opportunities with other non-UMCES research institutions, facilitates travel to more distant research sites and scientific meetings, and promotes access to major funding agency headquarters. 

The location and facilities at HPL support 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 estuary that opens into Chesapeake Bay. This geographical location enables faculty to develop research programs on the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries, the largest estuarine system in the United States, and on the coastal bays and ocean, which are within two hours’ drive.  HPL offers outstanding facilities including a modern Aquaculture and Restoration Ecology Laboratory, an analytical services laboratory for nutrient and other chemical analyses, a cell-analysis facility equipped with epifluorescence microscopes and flow cytometers, and a biohazard-2 facility.  In addition, multiple high performance computer clusters are available on campus.  Field studies at HPL are supported by a diversity of outboard powered boats and a new 24.7m research vessel, specifically designed for estuarine and coastal research (http://www.umces.edu/research-discovery/rv-rachel-carson). 

UMCES faculty advise and mentor graduate students in Ecology, Environmental Science, Fisheries Science, Oceanography, and Environmental Chemistry through the University System of Maryland’s Marine, Estuarine, and Environmental Science (MEES, http://www.mees.umd.edu) and UMCES joint program (http://www.umces.edu/education/graduate_education). Faculty members are expected to teach one graduate course every other year and mentor graduate students in the MEES/UMCES joint program. Fellowships, teaching assistantships, and travel funds for graduate students are available through HPL and USM. There are no undergraduate teaching duties associated with this position.

The appointment will be tenure track and includes 9-month annual support, with the balance being generated from external grants and contracts.  A Ph.D. and postdoctoral experience in aquatic microbial ecology are required. The position is open for early and mid-career scientists with the possibility of 2 faculty hires for complementary fields in microbial ecology pending availability of funds.  Applicant review will emphasize the candidate’s track record of publications and grant capture commensurate to career stage and the ability to develop a dynamic, externally funded research program with an international profile. Salary and benefits are competitive and dependent on qualifications.

Candidates should email copies of their letter of application, curriculum vitae, statement of future research directions, graduate teaching interests, copies of three publications, and the contact information of three academic referees to: microecoposition@umces.edu.  Review of applications will begin April 1, 2017. More information about HPL and UMCES can be found at: http://www.umces.edu/hpl. For more details about the position or HPL in general contact Dr. Raleigh Hood (rhood@umces.edu), chair of the search committee. The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science is an EEO/AA employer. Individuals with disabilities, veterans, women and minorities are encouraged to apply.