Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory - Postdoctoral Research Scientist

Description:  The Dyhrman Microbial Oceanography Group at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University seeks one or more Postdoctoral Research Scientists to join the laboratory for research broadly focused on marine microbiology.  Possible research focus areas include but are not limited to 1) Characterizing the mechanistic underpinnings of resource metabolism in eukaryotic phytoplankton and using that information to define the role of these organisms play in shaping ecosystem dynamics and biogeochemical consequences in oligotrophic gyres; and 2) Identifying the role of ocean acidification and other stressors on the physiology of cyanobacteria and eukaryotic phytoplankton to better predict the population structure and physiological ecology of target functional groups in the future oceans. Tools and approaches for this work include molecular, physiological and chemical measurements, with an emphasis on next-generation sequencing technology and analyses. The position may necessitate time at sea on research cruises and will additionally entail laboratory experiments, and data analysis (including bioinformatics tools).  Group members enjoy professional development opportunities, including travel to meetings and workshops, mentorship and diversity training, and grant writing.  Teaching and outreach activities are also encouraged.  The lab is located near the NYC metro area, offering many opportunities for interactions within Columbia University departments, and other area Universities.

Qualifications:  A PhD is required microbiology, biological oceanography or a related field. Candidates should have experience in microbiology, and/or biological oceanography, and computational biology/bioinformatics.  Familiarity with the analysis of high throughput sequencing data including strong programming skills (e.g., R, Python, etc.) is preferred.  Applicants must also have an excellent command (verbal and written) of the English language, possess strong interpersonal skills, and be eager to join a vibrant team of scientists using cutting-edge approaches to understand marine microbial oceanography.

The start date for this position is flexible. The position is a full-time 1-year appointment with a competitive salary and benefits package, and the opportunity of renewal contingent on progress and funding. 



Columbia University benefits accompany this Officer of Research appointment.


Application: Please visit our online application site at

for further information about this position and to submit your application, including a cover letter, current cv, a 1 to 2 page statement of past research experience and future interests, and the names, phone numbers and email addresses of three references.


Search will stay open for 30 days after the ad appears and will continue until the job is filled. 


This position is located in Rockland County, NY at the Lamont Campus of The Earth Institute at Columbia University.


Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer --Race/Gender/Disability/Veteran.

Prospective candidates must apply online.