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Postdoctoral Researcher in Microbial Ecology and Evolution

Position overview

Position title: Postdoctoral Researcher in Microbial Ecology and Evolution
Salary range: Competitive salary and benefits commensurate on experience.
Percent time: 100%
Anticipated start: The initial appointment is for one year and the anticipated start date is October 1, 2022
Position duration: The initial appointment is for one year with the potential for an additional year based on satisfactory performance and funding availability.

Application Window

Open date: August 19, 2022

Next review date: Friday, Sep 30, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Saturday, Dec 31, 2022 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.

Position description

A Postdoctoral Researcher in Microbial Ecology and Evolution position is available in the Earth Research Institute at the University of California, Santa Barbara. The successful candidate will participate in a collaborative research project to develop new tools for enriching and isolating archaeal cells from complex microbial communities using flow cytometry, funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and Simons Foundation Project on the Origin of the Eukaryotic Cell. We seek a candidate with interests in microbial ecology, evolution, genomics and/or single-cell method development.

Work will be carried out under the supervision of Dr. Alyson Santoro ( and in collaboration with international research groups at the Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research in Germany and Oxford University in the UK. The position will be based on the UC Santa Barbara campus, and work may require fieldwork at various regional locations around Santa Barbara county and/or sea-going work on a research vessel.

This is a full-time position. Competitive salary and benefits commensurate with experience. The initial appointment is for one year with the potential for an additional year based on satisfactory performance and funding availability. The anticipated start date will be October 1, 2022, with some flexibility.

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.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Applicants must have completed all requirements for a PhD (or equivalent) in microbiology, molecular biology, evolution, or a related field , except the dissertation, by the time of application.

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)
  • A PhD in microbiology, molecular biology, evolution, or a related field is required by the time of the appointment.
Preferred qualifications

We are looking for candidates with extensive wet laboratory experience in one or more of the following areas: microbial growth and physiology, cell physiology, cultivation, microscopy, or flow cytometry. Demonstrated experience with method testing or development is desirable. The ideal candidate will have excellent oral and written communication skills and willingness to work as part of a collaborative team.

Other desirable areas of study include: microscopy, experience in single-cell amplification, flow cytometry, microbial cultivation, sedimentary geochemistry, genomics and/or metagenomics, team science, demonstrated record of scientific publication, PCR, DNA Extraction, and independent research.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)

Please provide the contact of three references that will be contacted if considered as one of the top candidates.

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Campus Information

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: 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. Please refer to Appendix F, Section II.C. of the policy for the deadlines applicable to new University of California employees. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

Job location

Santa Barbara County, CA