Employment Opportunity: Postdoctoral Associate in Microbial Ecology

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Stroud Water Research Center is searching for a postdoctoral associate to study molecular microbial ecology in aquatic and terrestrial environments.

Position Description

The preferred candidate will have a Ph.D. in microbial ecology with expertise in comprehensive molecular techniques including but not limited to high throughput sequencing, qPCR, metagenomics, etc. The ideal candidate should (1) have core competencies in molecular microbial ecology; (2) have a strong basic and theoretical understanding of microbial ecology and be able to integrate bio-, geo-, and chemical sciences; (3) possess a strong publication record; (4) have a proven ability to work collaboratively with a multidisciplinary team; (5) be flexible about field/lab work, data processing, and writing beyond routine work hours; and (6) be knowledgeable about the emerging technologies within the discipline.


The successful candidate will participate in multiple projects funded by the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture. Work will include some experimental design and field and laboratory work, but the primary focus will be on the analysis of existing data sets and preparation of manuscripts for peer-reviewed publication. As an integral part of the Stroud Center’s postdoc mentor/development plan, the postdoctoral associate is also expected to participate and assist in grant proposals for additional funding.

Experience with bacterial monitoring, anaerobic culture, soil health, or bioinformatics is a plus. The successful candidate will be expected to work collaboratively with other Stroud Center senior scientists, postdocs, technical staff, graduate students, as well as with external partners and colleagues (e.g., University of Delaware, University of Pennsylvania). This is a full-time, salaried position that requires daily in-person activity on the Stroud Center campus. Some weekends and early/late working conditions may occasionally be required, including the potential for overnight travel.


Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Applicants with approved work permits in the USA will be given priority. To apply, please scroll to the application form below and upload a cover letter, curriculum vitae/resume, and the names and contact details for three professional references as a SINGLE ATTACHMENT. The name of the attached file should start with the applicant’s last name (e.g., LASTNAME_RESUME.PDF). Finalists will be interviewed in person or by video conference.


The Stroud Center will provide a competitive salary based on the candidate’s experience and qualifications. This is a full-time position including a comprehensive employee benefit plan. Funding for this position is secured for at least two years and extension is contingent on additional grant support.


About Stroud Water Research Center

Stroud Water Research Center seeks to advance knowledge and stewardship of fresh water through global research, education, and watershed restoration and to help businesses, landowners, policymakers, and individuals make informed decisions that affect water quality and availability around the world. Since its creation in 1967, teams of scientists have conducted pioneering research on streams and rivers locally, regionally, and throughout the world. Today, the Stroud Center’s research team blends its talents in chemistry, microbiology, aquatic entomology (insects and other invertebrates), ichthyology (fish), hydrology, fluvial geomorphology, and ecosystem modeling in collaborative studies of the physical, chemical, and biological processes of streams and rivers. The Stroud Center’s education staff helps to interpret our research findings and builds education programs about freshwater ecology, management, and stewardship for a wide audience. The Stroud Center’s Watershed Restoration Group develops and implements watershed restoration programs that connect landowners, stakeholders, and the general public with best management practices for conserving, restoring, and protecting watersheds. While we work in watersheds all over the world, most of our ideas are generated and pilot tested at the Stroud Center’s main campus in the White Clay Creek experimental watershed where the Stroud Center has a 50-year research and monitoring record within a unique facility that includes indoor “wet” labs and streamside flumes fed by flowing water pumped in from the creek on our property. In 2012, the Stroud Center expanded its campus to 50 acres and constructed a LEED Platinum-certified building for education and public outreach, the Moorhead Environmental Complex.

Stroud Water Research Center is an independent, non-advocacy 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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