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Research Associate in Plant and Arthropod Microbiome

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Position Details

Title Research Associate in Plant and Arthropod Microbiome
Appointment Status Non-Tenure Track
Department IU Bloomington Biology
Position Summary

The Keith Clay lab at Indiana University is seeking a highly-motivated Research Associate to use microbiological and molecular tools to assist with two projects: 1) the distribution and prevalence of tick- and mosquito-borne pathogens in the face of environmental change, funded by the IU Grand Challenge Prepared for Environmental Change project, and 2) the identity and function of the fungal microbiome of the invasive grass, Phragmites australis, funded by a grant from the US Geological Survey. The research associate will be screening ticks and mosquitoes for bacterial and viral pathogens, and culturing, sequencing and performing transcriptome analyses of fungi from Phragmites. Clay lab research is described at http://www.indiana.edu/~symbios/Clay_Lab/Home.html.

The successful applicant will spend the majority of their time on processing biological samples under the supervision of the faculty member or postdoctoral fellow. They will keep careful records of sample collections and the identities of their microbial communities. Desirable skills and experience include: PCR, DNA extraction (plant, fungal, bacterial, and arthropod), viral culturing and identification, RNA extraction, gel electrophoresis, sterile technique, fungal and bacterial culturing, high-throughput and Sanger sequencing, data management and analysis and bioinformatics analyses. Responsibilities also include some general lab maintenance, including but not limited to purchasing supplies, coordinating disposal of waste, overseeing equipment maintenance and repair, organizing and maintaining culture collections, and supervising work of undergraduates.

The initial appointment is for one year, contingent upon satisfactory performance, but can be extended for multiple years.

Basic Qualifications

B.S. or B.A. in biology, microbiology, or a related field, and previous lab experience required. M.S. in biology or related field preferred. Applicants should have some prior research experience in microbiology and/or molecular biology. The successful applicant must be well organized and detail-oriented, with strong analytical and interpersonal skills, and be able to work effectively with minimal supervision as part of a larger research team. Additional training specific to work in the lab will be provided.

Department Contact for Questions

For questions about the position, please contact Keith Clay (clay@indiana.edu).

For all other questions, please contact Jeremy Bennett (jebennet@indiana.edu).

Additional Qualifications
Salary and Rank $39,000 plus full benefits
Special Instructions

To apply, please submit 1) a brief cover letter describing your research/educational background, why you’re interested in the position and the date you are available to start, 2) a CV, and 3) the names and contact information (including email addresses) of two references to: http://indiana.peopleadmin.com/postings/4856.

The College of Arts and Sciences is committed to building and supporting a diverse, inclusive, and equitable community of students and scholars.

For Best Consideration Date 11/30/2017
Expected Start Date 01/01/2018
OAA # 21711-03

Supplemental Questions

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Letter of Application
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. List Of References
Optional Documents
  1. Letter of Reference 1
  2. Letter of Reference 2
  3. Publication 1