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Postdoctoral Research Associate available at UMBC

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Opportunity Type: Employment Opportunities
Submission Deadline: June 21, 2024

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Job no: 494557

Work type: Faculty

Location: Baltimore City

Categories: Marine, Estuarine & Environmental Science

Application Instructions:     

Apply via Interfolio at:   https://apply.interfolio.com/146658

Department: Department of Marine Biotechnology

Anticipated Start Date: September 1, 2024

About the Position:      

Postdoctoral Researcher

The Tracy Lab at the Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology (IMET) (UMBC/ UMB) in downtown Baltimore is hiring a Postdoctoral Researcher to lead field and laboratory research related to a project on oyster parasites, biodiversity, and aquaculture. Research in the Tracy Marine Ecosystem Health & Disease Lab focuses on the health of marine ecosystems in a changing ocean, including the ecology and evolution of host-parasite interactions and the microbiome, spatial ecology, fisheries management, aquaculture, and restoration. The successful applicant will be well versed in marine invertebrate biology, experienced with aquaculture techniques and priorities, and able to work well with diverse collaborators and teams.

Summary of Duties:

  • Collaborate with the PI on experimental design
  • Lead logistics for planning and executing field research on oyster aquaculture
  • Manage collaborative relationships with aquaculture industry professionals and watermen
  • Troubleshoot and develop field and lab protocols
  • Process samples in the laboratory (dissections, morphometrics, DNA extractions, PCR, histology, microscopy, etc.)
  • Contribute to data synthesis using publicly available data and spatial mapping software
  • Work collaboratively while overseeing graduate students, technicians, and/ or interns working on the project
  • Lead data management, statistical analyses, and data stewardship
  • Lead writing of scientific manuscripts
  • Present results at scientific and industry-facing meetings
  • Perform field research/sampling on ecosystems (Chesapeake Bay) while working on small boats in inclement weather or harsh conditions, including lifting up to 40 lbs
  • Write and apply for competitive grants
  • Contribute to lab and IMET outreach and engagement activities

Experience and Education Required:

PhD in a related field (including but not limited to ecology, aquatic biology, molecular biology, microbiology, marine science); if not immediately relevant, please explain the connections in the statement

Hands-on experience working in both field and laboratory research settings

Travel to offsite locations required

Remote work is possible at low frequency (10% or less) and will fluctuate seasonally based on in-person demands of field and laboratory research. Travel for research will be local (Chesapeake Bay).

The successful applicant will join a vibrant community at IMET where labs address global marine issues using diverse approaches. In keeping with the strong IMET community, the Tracy Lab emphasizes a positive, collaborative work environment and values diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice.

Interested candidates should upload a recently updated CV or resume (2 page maximum) and a brief statement of research accomplishments, research interests and any other relevant experience (2 page maximum) to Interfolio no later than June 21,2024.


Please direct inquiries by email to Dr. Allison Tracy; amtracy@umbc.edu. (Reference Interfolio No. 146658)

Salary: Commensurate with experience

Screening of Applications Begins: June 21, 2024

For more information, visit the official posting.