Postdoctoral Scholar in Microbial Ecology, Process Engineering, Bioinformatics

University of Washington Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

United States

Postdoctoral Scholar Position - Microbial ecology, process engineering, bioinformatics - Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Position Overview

Organization: Civil & Environmental Engineering

Title: Postdoctoral Scholar Position - Microbial ecology, process engineering, bioinformatics - Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Position Details

Position Description


The University of Washington invites applications for a postdoctoral scholar position to study how climate change stressors (sea-level rise and drought events) impact the greenhouse gas emissions of microbial wetland communities.  The project will require experience in working with anaerobic and aerobic cultures and to study the microbial physiology and ecology and their meta-genomic capacities. Therefore, we are looking for candidates with knowledge in culture-based techniques and with familiarity with recent advances in genetic and metabolite analyses.

Duties & Responsibilities:  

  • Analyze datasets generated on the project 
  • Analyze metagenomic data sets
  • Run a reactor
  • Anaerobic and aerobic culturing
  • Measure chemical and biological samples with machines like HPLC, qPCR
  • Help organize, conduct and participate in training events as needed 
  • Present at Seminar series
  • Regularly attend weekly postdoc + graduate student meetings
  • Take on organizational responsibilities in the lab

Postdoctoral scholars at UW are represented by UAW 4121 and are subject to a collective bargaining agreement, unless agreed exclusion criteria apply. For more information, please visit the University of Washington Labor Relations website. 


Minimum Qualifications:

  • PhD degree in environmental engineering or related field
  • Computer programming skills 
  • Strong Bioinformatic skillsets
  • Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Well-honed organizational skills and ability to manage multiple priorities and timelines 
  • Ability to work with colleagues in a way that enhances collaboration and team building 

Desired Qualifications:

  • Process engineering
  • Bioreactor technology


  1. Resume or CV
  2. Cover letter briefly describing your qualifications, professional goals, and specific interest in this position.
  3. Contact information for 3 references that include,At least one research paper
    1. Name
    2. Email
    3. Institution
    4. Phone number 
  4. Diversity Statement: A one-page description of your contributions to and vision for promoting justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion. 
  5. Sexual Misconduct Disclosure Form: State law requires that the University of Washington obtain the Disclosure of Sexual Misconduct declaration signed by the candidate. The declaration will require you to disclose any substantiated findings of sexual misconduct, to authorize current and past employers to disclose to the UW any sexual misconduct currently being investigated and/or committed by you, and to release current and past employers from any liability. 

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All
qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed,
religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information,
gender identity or expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status.

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