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Post-Doctoral Associate

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Posting Details

Posting Details

Position Number: 121959
Title: Post-Doctoral Associate
Functional Title: Post-Doctoral Associate
Category Status: 15-Fac.Non-Tenured,Continuing Con
Applicant Search Category: Faculty
University Authorized FTE: 100
Unit: SPHL-Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health
Campus/College Information:

The Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health is a part of the University of Maryland, School of Public Health, located on the College Park campus. The School offers course work, practical experiences, and research opportunities leading to Bachelor of Science degrees, a variety of Master’s degrees including the Masters in Public Health degree, and Ph.D. degrees. The University of Maryland is a Research Extensive University. College Park is the flagship campus of the University of Maryland System with over 2,500 faculty, 25,000 undergraduate students and 10,000 graduate students. The campus is ideally situated on a metro line that serves the Washington, DC area and is in close proximity to many federal institutes/agencies and departments including DHHS (NIH, NCI, FDA) and USDA. For more details, please visit our website at The USDA ARS EMFSL laboratory is located in Beltsville MD, about 6 miles north of the University of Maryland, and is part of the Northeast Area, Beltsville Agricultural Research Center. The focus of the laboratory, in addition to CONSERVE-related objectives, is to investigate pre-and post-harvest routes of contamination of foodborne pathogens on fruit and vegetable commodities.

Position Summary/Purpose of Position:

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 treatment solutions that enable the safe use of nontraditional irrigation water (e.g. recycled water, surface water, return flows) on food crops.

The successful candidate will work within the CONSERVE Center of Excellence under the direction of Dr. Manan Sharma at the Environmental Microbial and Food Safety Laboratory (EMFSL) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS). Specifically, the candidate will focus on improving nontraditional irrigation water quality by filtration through zero-valent iron and sand filters. These filters will be designed for small-scale, diversified farms that seek to use surface waters (pond, creek, lake, river) or recycled water (treated municipal wastewater, vegetable processing water) as irrigation sources. This work will be carried out in collaboration with the University of Maryland and University of Delaware CONSERVE partners. 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.

Minimum Qualifications:

Applicants must possess a PhD in the life sciences or environmental engineering (e.g. Environmental Health Sciences, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Microbial Ecology, Food Safety, Plant Sciences, Environmental Engineering, or Related Field). In addition to the degree, applicants should have at least two years of laboratory or field experience (at the pre-doctoral level) in microbiology and/or environmental science/engineering techniques, excellent organizational and communication skills (oral and written), and enthusiasm for multidisciplinary collaborations.


The ideal candidate will have a combination of microbiology and either environmental science or engineering skills; and experience conducting field and laboratory studies focused on microbial water quality, filtration and sampling methodologies.

Additional Certifications:
Additional Information:

This is a grant-funded position with 1 year of funding available and a multi-year duration possible, contingent upon satisfactory performance and continued funding. It will be a non-tenure-track staff position with an annual salary of $45,000 to $50,000 depending on qualifications.

Posting Date: 02/28/2018
Closing Date:
Open Until Filled Yes
Best Consideration Date 03/23/2018
Physical Demands

The candidate also must be able to work outside and lift up to 20 lbs without assistance during field sampling events.

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. Research (examples: research statement, research programs)
  4. List of References (no emails sent from system)
Optional Documents

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