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Job Title: Postdoctoral Fellow
Job Number:
Organization: University of Maryland
Posted: 9/19/2018
Type: Full-Time
Classification: Environmental Health
Industry: Academic Institutions
Number of Openings: 1
Location: Tucson,  MD    USA
Compensation: $48,000 to $52,000, annually
Position Description: : The successful candidate will work within our CONSERVE Center of Excellence in the laboratory of Dr. Amy R. Sapkota. S/he will work on the CONSERVE Microbiology, Chemistry, Environmental Health and Engineering Team that is characterizing the microbial, chemical and physical quality of nontraditional irrigation water using both culture-based methods and culture-independent, next- generation sequencing approaches. The team is also evaluating the effectiveness of on-farm water treatment technologies in removing microbial, chemical and physical contaminants from nontraditional irrigation water sources. The specific work will involve on-farm field sampling, standard microbiological analyses, DNA extractions, PCR assays, 16S rRNA sequencing and bioinformatic analysis, and extensive collaboration with our multidisciplinary team that is located across multiple institutions and states. The successful candidate will also have the opportunity to hone their leadership and grant-writing skills by developing and directing pilot studies leveraging off of the work of CONSERVE and using the data generated in this work to develop grant proposals.

Qualifications: Applicants must possess a PhD in the life sciences (e.g. Environmental Health Sciences, Biology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Microbial Ecology, Food Safety, Bioinformatics, etc.). In addition to the degree, applicants should have at least two years of laboratory experience (at the pre-doctoral level) in microbiology and molecular biology-based techniques, demonstrated experience with next- generation sequencing approaches, excellent organizational and communication skills (oral and written), and enthusiasm for multidisciplinary collaborations. The ideal candidate will have a combination of microbiology and molecular biology skills, experience conducting field and laboratory studies focused on microbial water quality, knowledge of exposure assessment, and experience processing next-generation sequencing datasets and performing bioinformatic analyses using standard analysis tools such as Qiime and R.

Organization Description: The Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health within the University of Maryland, School of Public Health is seeking a highly motivated individual for the grants and contracts funded post of Postdoctoral Fellow. This individual will join our USDA NIFA-funded Center, “CONSERVE: A Center of Excellence at the Nexus of Sustainable Water Reuse, Food and Health (” The long?term goal of CONSERVE is to facilitate the adoption of transformative on?farm solutions that enable the safe use of nontraditional irrigation water (e.g. reclaimed water, return flows) on food crops.

Closing Date: 12/19/2018
Desired Starting Date:
Contact Name: Maurice Rocque,  Business Manager
Contact Location: 4200 Valley Dr
Suit 2234 HH
College Park   MD  20742
United States
Contact Location: 4200 Valley Dr
  Suit 2234 HH
  College Park   MD  20742
  United States
Contact Phone: 3014055509 
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Contact Email:
Web Address: 4200 Valley Dr
How to Apply: To apply, please go to (position number 113888) and submit 1) a CV, including your list of publications; 2) a cover letter describing your experience and statement of research interests (1-2 pages); and 3) contact information for three references. Consideration of candidates will begin upon receipt of applications. Anticipated start date for the position is Late Fall 2018/Early Winter 2019.

The University of Maryland is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer dedicated to increasing the diversity of its faculty and administrators. We encourage applications from qualified individuals with varied experiences, perspectives and backgrounds. Applications from minority and women candidates are strongly encouraged.

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