Postdoc: Metagenomic characterization of microbial communities in engineered environments


The University of Queensland has immediate openings for postdoctoral fellows in the Advanced Water Management Centre, Brisbane (Australia). Candidates are sought to fill key positions in the study of microbial populations in engineered environments. Our focus is on the dynamics and evolution of microbial communities, both at the species and gene level. We will link this to the functional characteristics of two engineered processes, aiming at the production of biofuels and/or bioenergy . The postdoctoral researchers will manage a highly innovative research project involving high throughput sequencing, bioinformatics and various molecular techniques. This will be in conjunction with the operation of a number of engineered systems from which the samples will be collected.

We are looking for two researchers, one with extensive experience in microbial molecular biology, and one with extensive experience in computational biology / bioinformatics.* Suitable candidates have, at the start of the position, a PhD in genetics, microbiology, molecular biology, bioinformatics or a related field. Experience with microbial physiology, cellular metabolism and bioinformatics is highly desired, as is familiarity with state-of-the-art molecular and systems biology techniques such as metatranscriptomics and metagenomics. Experience in environmental biotechnology/engineering is a bonus. Candidates are expected to have demonstrated strong scientific leadership within the scientific community. Strong communication skills are essential, cross-disciplinary collaboration
is critical for success.

A starting salary of $64,063.30 per annum or higher is offered, depending on the seniority of the candidate, for a period of three years. Fellows who manage to raise a personal fellowship will receive a top up, amount depending on the level of the additional fundraising.

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Review of applications will commence immediately until 30th June 2010 or until the positions are filled. Applications must consist of the following:
*Covering Letter.* The covering letter should include the vacancy reference number, your contact address and telephone number. It is an opportunity in not more than one page to introduce yourself and highlight the key reasons
you should be considered for the role.
*Resume or Curriculum Vitae.* A resume is a brief history of your employment and experience that covers the following areas: Educational qualifications and professional affiliations that detail the full title of the qualification, the year awarded and the title of the institution attended; Employment history in chronological order, starting with current position and specifying dates of employment, title of each position, name of employer, main duties or accountabilities and achievements; and The names and contact details (address, telephone, fax and e-mail) of three
referees, including if possible a senior person (preferably your supervisor or the head of your organisational unit) closely associated with your current work.
*Brief research statement.*  A statement addressing prior research experience relevant to the above mentioned search criteria.

An academic curriculum vitae should include research fields and current interests, publications (full list as attachment with three most significant marked with an asterisk), research grants awarded and, if applicable, details of teaching evaluation.

*Applications marked *Postdoctoral Researcher– Flagship cluster* are to be sent to:

Mrs. Wendy Mahon
Centre Administrator
Advanced Water Management Centre
Level 4, Gehrmann Building (60)
Research Road
The University of Queensland
Brisbane QLD  4072

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