Postdoctoral Research Associate in Coral Microbiology (81551)

University of Florida (Gainesville)

United States

September 21, 2021


Job Description

The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is committed to creating an environment that affirms diversity across a variety of dimensions, including ability, class, ethnicity/race, gender identity and expression. We particularly welcome applicants who can contribute to such an environment through their scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and professional service. We strongly encourage historically underrepresented groups to apply.

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The Department of Soil and Water Sciences at the University of Florida has an opening for a full-time postdoctoral associate in the field of coral microbiology.

The successful applicant will join a multi-disciplinary team to work on the development of novel therapeutics for the treatment of stony coral tissue loss disease. This project is part of the Advanced Coral Toolkit (https: // ) to develop coral probiotics. This position will be based on the Gainesville campus of the University of Florida and will investigate metagenomes and/or metatranscriptomes associated with both healthy and diseased corals to identify functional genes in coral symbionts (potential probiotic bacterial strains) and pathogens.

The post-doc will work under the direction of Dr. Julie Meyer (https: // ) at the University of Florida Genetics Institute and in collaboration with Dr. Blake Ushijima at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, Dr. Valerie Paul at the Smithsonian Marine Station, and Dr. Hong Moulton at Oregon State University. The position is for 18 months, with the possibility of renewal, pending funding.

Job Qualifications

The position requires a PhD (foreign equivalent acceptable) in Microbiology, Marine Science, Oceanography, Molecular Biology, Bioinformatics, or a related field. Candidates with previous experience with bioinformatics tools (command line, github, Rstudio) and the analysis of metagenomes or metatranscriptomes are preferred. A demonstrated record of publishing in peer-reviewed journals is required. Candidates must be supportive of the mission of the Land-Grant system. Candidates must also have a commitment to IFAS core values of excellence, diversity, global involvement, and accountability.


For full consideration, candidates should apply and submit materials by September 21, 2021. The position will remain open until a viable applicant pool is determined.

Individuals wishing to apply should go online to https:// and submit:

  • Cover letter that states applicant's interest in the position and qualifications relative to the credentials listed above
  • Curriculum vitae
  • one-page statement of research interests
  • one-page summary of PhD dissertation
  • Contact information (including email addresses) for 3 individuals willing to write letters of recommendation
  • Final candidate will be required to provide official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible. Degrees earned from an education institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at https:// www.

    The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff.

    The University of Florida is An Equal Employment Opportunity Institution. If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call 352/392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at 800/955-8771 (TDD). Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the US. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida's Sunshine Law.


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