Postdoctoral Researcher:
Imaging FlowCytobot deployment and data analysis

Applications due November 25, 2019

This position has been established as part of a recently-funded ECOHAB cross-regional U.S. study of the drivers of Dinophysis toxicity.  The work includes the deployment of an Imaging FlowCytobot (IFCB), an in-situ automated submersible imaging flow cytometer that generates images of particles in-flow taken from the aquatic environment, at a site of frequent diarrhetic shellfish toxin contamination of shellfish in the Pacific Northwest.

This postdoctoral position requires experience in marine phytoplankton ecology, data management, and technical expertise in deployment of oceanographic research equipment.  Experience with design and implementation of environmental sample collection and processing protocols, as well as a command of data analysis including statistical analysis is highly desirable. The position also requires the ability to conduct field work for extended periods of up to 2 weeks on both large and small research vessels in the Pacific Northwest as well as conduct innovative, independent laboratory research. A record of peer reviewed manuscripts is a plus. The position also affords the opportunity for interactions with scientists from multiple disciplines at NOAA and University of Washington as well as project collaborators at other research institutes, as well as oversight of field sampling, student interns and volunteers.

The Marine Biotoxins team at Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NWFSC) in Seattle, Washington, is guided by NOAA’s Seafood Safety directive that promotes successful fisheries management to provide economic opportunities and ensure the long-term sustainability of fisheries and the habitats on which they depend. The NWFSC provides information about stock assessments, ecosystem sustainability, and human impacts to fisheries managers. The NWFSC also conducts state-of-the-art science and technology to support aquaculture while protecting and maintaining ecosystem health.

The position at NWFSC is expected to begin between March and April 2020, continuing for 2-3 years, with appropriate progress. The full-time position includes an annual salary of $58,000 with an annual COL raise.  Benefits include health insurance, relocation costs and a $3000 allowance for conference travel. The Postdoctoral Research Fellow will also have an established NWFSC scientist assigned to serve as a dedicated mentor and will receive office/laboratory space.

Successful candidates will be employed through the National Academies of Science National Research Council Associateship Program (RAP) which promotes excellence in scientific and technological research conducted by the U.S. government through administration of programs offering postdoctoral research opportunities.  We are targeting the February 1, 2020 NRC application deadline which opens on December 1, 2019.

Interested applicants should submit as a single electronic file, 1) a cover letter, 2) c.v. or resume and 3) the names and contact information for three references, before 5pm November 25, 2019 to Dr. Vera Trainer at [email protected] and Dr. Stephanie Moore at [email protected]  

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status or other protected category.