Opportunity Type:


Percent time: 100
Anticipated start: The ideal start date is October 11, 2021
Position duration: One year with possibility for additional years of employment contingent upon performance and funding.
Open date: September 10th, 2021

Next review date: Friday, Sep 24, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Saturday, Dec 18, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


The Marine Science Institute is seeking a qualified Postdoctoral Researcher in Marine Microbiology or Bioinformatics to serve in a combined research and project management role for a new project investigating the design of plastic materials for the marine environment informed by microbial ecology and genome analysis.

The project is funded by the National Science Foundation’s Convergence Accelerator Program, designed to rapidly accelerate scientific research into practice by bringing together practitioners from diverse fields. The successful candidate will work closely with the four principal investigators at different academic institutions, and stakeholders in industry and government, bridging the fields of microbiology, synthetic biology, and engineering. This opportunity is particularly well-suited to researchers interested in exploring careers at the interface of academia and industry.

This position will include approximately 30% of time spent on project management and 70% of time spent on microbial genome research in support of the project. Principal duties include: designing microbial genome analyses; organizing and assisting with field research; developing task-oriented plans for project advancement; organizing project-wide virtual and in-person meetings; data quality assurance and protocol documentation; working with and mentoring graduate and undergraduate student assistants; assisting with project reporting requirements; writing results in peer-reviewed manuscripts.

Special Conditions

• Ability to work at sea;
• Ability and willingness to travel to collaborator and project meeting sites in California, New York, and Washington DC

Salary and Benefits

Postdoctoral Scholar position. Full benefits package included.

The position is available immediately and will be open until filled.

The University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service as appropriate to the position.

Department: https://msi.ucsb.edu/


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)
Doctoral degree in microbiology, environmental engineering, oceanography, marine science or a related field.

Preferred qualifications

• Experience in multidisciplinary, multi-investigator projects;
• Exceptional written and oral communication skills;
• Exceptional organizational skills;
• Knowledge and/or experience with microbial genome analysis;
• Knowledge and/or experience with microbial hydrocarbon or plastic degradation;
• Knowledge and/or experience with laboratory work such as molecular biology or chemistry;
• Ability to manage, analyze and synthesize data;
• Demonstrated record of publishing in peer-reviewed scientific journals;
• Experience with outreach, mentoring and supervising others;
• Experience communicating science to a non-expert audience;
• Experience with project management software, such as Asana


Document requirements
Curriculum Vitae – Your most recently updated C.V.

Cover Letter – Please state your research and outreach accomplishments and interests, highlighting any experiences in coordinating multidisciplinary projects

Reference requirements
3 required (contact information only)
The search committee may contact references of the top candidate after the interviews.

Apply link: https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/JPF02042
Help contact: lswanson@ucsb.edu


The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy https://policy.ucop.edu/doc/5000695/SARS-CoV-2_Covid-19. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. For new University of California employees, the applicable deadline is eight weeks after their first date of employment. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.)


Santa Barbara, CA