Post-Doctoral Scholar

Posting Details

Posting Details

Position Number: 121729
Title: Post Doctoral Scholar
Functional Title: Post-Doctoral Scholar
Category Status: 25-Faculty,Contractual
Applicant Search Category: Faculty
University Authorized FTE: 100
Unit: AGNR-Plant Science & Landscape Architecture
Campus/College Information:

Founded in 1856, University of Maryland, College Park is the flagship institution in the University System of Maryland. Our 1,250-acre College Park campus is just minutes away from Washington, D.C., and the nexus of the nation’s legislative, executive, and judicial centers of power. This unique proximity to business and technology leaders, federal departments and agencies, and a myriad of research entities, embassies, think tanks, cultural centers, and non-profit organizations is simply unparalleled. Synergistic opportunities for our faculty and students abound and are virtually limitless in the nation’s capital and surrounding areas. The University is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff that will enhance our stature of preeminence in our three missions of teaching, scholarship, and full engagement in our community, the state of Maryland, and in the world.

Position Summary/Purpose of Position:

The Post-Doctoral Scholar will participate in exciting interdisciplinary research that informs management solutions for restoring and enhancing the resilience of the submersed aquatic plant species Vallisneria americana in the Hudson River of New York. This ecologically important keystone species was nearly eliminated from the Hudson River by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee in 2011. We are in the unique position of having genetic data from immediately prior to the storms. Using cutting-edge approaches to quantifying genomic diversity within and among beds, we seek to understand the genetic effects of the population reductions. Further we are using genetic tools to understand the sources of and relationships among recovering beds. Samples for genomic diversity come from beds spanning some 190 km from throughout the species range in the tidal portion of the river and two sites above the tidal influence, as well as nursery stock that is being considered for restoration.

Minimum Qualifications:

•Ph.D. in a life science field within the last three years.
•Experience with lab protocols for DNA-based data collection.
•Strong bioinformatics skills; ability to use R for statistical analyses, modeling, and data presentation.
•Working familiarity with programs and R packages used for genetic analysis including but not limited to Structure/fastStructure/Structurama, GeneLand, GDM, CAM, GENECLASS2, GenoDive, Circuitscape, and Stacks.
•Working knowledge of geographic information system analysis and landscape genetic techniques or demonstrated ability to learn such analyses in 1-2 months is required.
•Extreme attention to detail in lab work and excellent record keeping skills are a must
•Excellent verbal and written communication skills are needed.
•Ability to both work independently and efficiently and to work collaboratively.

Additional Certifications:
Additional Information:
Posting Date: 08/04/2017
Closing Date:
Open Until Filled Yes
Best Consideration Date 09/01/2017
Physical Demands
Diversity Statement:

The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Unofficial Transcript
  4. List of References (no emails sent from system)
Optional Documents

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