A postdoctoral scholar position is available in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at The University of Michigan to characterize methylmercury degradation by methanotrophs.  The research is funded by the National Science Foundation and will occur under the direct supervision of Professor Jeremy D. Semrau.  The position is available for one year, with the possibility of being extended to two years contingent on satisfactory performance and continued funding.

Applicants should have strong laboratory skills, including the ability to culture and genetically modify fastidious microbes.  Experience with standard techniques in molecular biology [e.g., cloning; extraction and manipulation of RNA and DNA, gel electrophoresis, and PCR (including qPCR, qRT-PCR and primer design)] and familiarity with bioinformatics is required.  Previous experience in metal measurements (e.g., use of ICP-MS) is also desirable.  The chosen candidate will have good organizational and communication skills (both oral and written) and the ability to work  independently and within collaborative teams.  A PhD in Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Environmental Engineering or a related discipline is preferred.   

As part of an NSF-funded project, the post-doctoral fellow will have an Individualized Development Plan (IDP) specifically tailored for their needs.  It is the explicit goal of this plan to provide the post-doctoral scholar mentoring both inside and outside the laboratory to enable them to make important contributions to the scientific community and society, all the while ensuring they have tools to develop a satisfying career.  This IDP will emphasize research, communication, networking and pedagogical skills necessary for successful job placement after completion of the post-doctoral studies, as well as ensuring significant accomplishments are recognized. 

 Applicants should send their curriculum vitae, a brief statement of qualifications, and the names and contact information of at least three references to Jeremy D. Semrau ([email protected]). Please specify in subject line “Post-Doctoral Application – Methylmercury”.