Postdoctoral Position in Algal Biological & Chemical Diversity

We are seeking a postdoctoral fellow to work on an NSF-funded project investigating the chemical and biological diversity of benthic dinoflagellates in coral reef ecosystems.  Specifically, the work focuses on the diversity of marine benthic dinoflagellate communities and their corresponding metabolome, with the goal of understanding interactions that link to toxin production and ciguatera poisoning.


The project is a collaboration between the lab groups of Deana Erdner (University of Texas Marine Science Institute) and Alison Robertson (University of South Alabama). The successful candidate will have the opportunity to interact with collaborators in the US and globally, and to gain experience and training in bioinformatics, statistics, population genetics, comparative genomics, metabolomics, toxinology, toxicology, chemical ecology, and environmental chemistry as necessary. The combined experience of our groups spans a wide range of topics and provides outstanding potential for training, collaboration, and scientific growth. The appointment is initially for one year, with extension based on productivity and funding availability.



The minimum qualification is a PhD in a related field with up to 2 years post-doctoral experience.


Preferred qualifications include broad expertise in statistics, computational biology, phylogenetics, metabolomics, or related fields, and a demonstrated record of research achievement and written communication (via publications).


Highly desirable qualifications include experience in working with large-scale data and computational method development (using R, Python, frameworks such as tidyverse, or tools such as MetaboAnalyst, XCMS and related applications), and/or experience with microbes and microalgae (or the interaction between them).


How to apply:

Please submit the following documents via

- full curriculum vitae

- letter of application that addresses your interest in and qualifications for the position and includes the names and contact information of three references


Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.


Start Date: As soon as possible