BIO Post-Doctoral Scholar

Portland State University

Job Description

Brief Description of PSU/School/Dept
Portland State University is Oregon’s most affordable public research university, located in the heart of one of America’s most dynamic cities. Our mission to “let knowledge serve the city” reflects our dedication to turning ideas into action — in Portland and around the world. The city is our campus, giving students unmatched access to career connections, a vibrant cultural scene and hands-on learning experiences with hundreds of community partners.

More than 27,000 students from all backgrounds bring diverse perspectives to our classrooms and campus life, from the tree-lined Park Blocks to the bustling Urban Plaza and state-of-the-art science labs. We are proud of our world-class faculty, groundbreaking research and international reputation for excellence in sustainability, community engagement and innovation.

Portland State University’s Biology Department includes over 21 faculty, 1,200 undergraduate majors, and over 65 graduate students and post-docs. We take an integrative approach to biology, encompassing all levels of biological organization from molecules to ecosystems :https://www.pdx.edu/biology/

Position Summary
The Bluewater Lab at Portland State University is recruiting for a postdoctoral scholar to join us in researching the ecology of marine microorganisms. You will have a strong understanding of microbiology and microbial ecology in environmental and laboratory systems. You will have experience with a range of research methods, which may include molecular biology, flow cytometry, genomic, bioinformatic analysis, and scientific writing. You may also have interest or experience in oceanographic field work and/or scientific diving (SCUBA), but this is not required.

See our publications (https://www.pdx.edu/microbial-ecology/publications) for a sense of our current research areas and interests, but we are also open to new avenues that leverage your unique skills on questions of microbial ecology in the ocean. Your professional references will speak to your independence, curiosity, strong publication record, attention to detail, and collegiality.

While we expect independence in planning and conducting your experiments, you will be working with a research team that includes graduate students (MS and PhD), undergraduates, and the PI (Anne Thompson) as well as our collaborators at other institutions. Mentorship of other lab members will be expected, and you can expect mentorship in return, including collaboration on an individual development plan with the PI as well as opportunities to present research at professional meetings.

Primary Activity
R - Research

Minimum Qualifications
  • Ph.D. in Biology or related discipline

Preferred Qualifications
  • Ph.D. with a strong publication record in peer-reviewed journals.

Key Cultural Competencies
  • Create an environment that acknowledges, encourages, and celebrates differences.
  • Function and communicate effectively and respectfully within the context of varying beliefs, behaviors, orientations, identities, and cultural backgrounds.
  • Seek opportunities to gain experience working and collaborating in diverse, multicultural, and inclusive settings with a willingness to change for continual improvement.
  • Adhere to all of PSU’s policies including the policies on Prohibited Discrimination & Harassment and the Professional Standards of Conduct.

Environmental Stewardship

Professional Standards of Conduct
At Portland State University, all employees are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner which maintains a safe, respectful, and productive environment for faculty, students, administrators, and staff. It is the responsibility of every member of the Portland State University community to conduct themselves in accordance with our PSU Professional Standards of Conduct which are available athttps://www.pdx.edu/human-resources/professional-standards-conduct-policy.

Total Compensation Range & Benefits Statement
The starting annual salary for this position will be $56,484 but may be negotiated above this rate dependent upon the the number of full years of relevant post doctoral experience : https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-23-076.html

An excellent benefits package includes 95% premium paid healthcare; a generous retirement and vacation package; and reduced tuition rates for employee, spouse or dependent at any of the Oregon University System schools : https://www.pdx.edu/human-resources/benefits-overview

Please visit our total compensation calculator to see the full value of our benefits package : https://www.pdx.edu/human-resources/psu-total-compensation-calculator
Application Instructions


Additional Information
Candidates seeking a J-1 exchange visitor visa will be considered.

Additional Application Instructions (deadlines, etc.)
Letters of recommendation will be requested only if you are selected as a finalist.

Does this position require the employee to drive a motor vehicle?

Background Check Required

If you have questions
Please contact Dr. Anne Thompson at anne.w.thompson@pdx.edu

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