Postdoctoral Fellow (interactions between marine algae and viruses)

This a term position of one year, with a possible extension dependent on continued funding and job performance.

Microbes play fundamental roles in all ocean ecology. Our primary focus is on the eukaryotic phytoplankton and variations in the communities of bacteria, archaea and heterotrophic eukaryotes, as well as viruses that accompany different phytoplankton taxa. To investigate these complex systems, high throughput DNA/RNA sequencing and proteomics on populations in nature and experimental systems are used. In this way, the genetic and biological responses of important primary producers are studied. Analysis of these data in an integrative manner, including physiological characterization, has the potential to revolutionize our understanding of these microbes and genes of unknown function.

MBARI is seeking a postdoctoral scientist to work on the interaction between viruses and algae. The individual will design and perform rigorous experiments and analyze sequenced transcriptomes. Experiments will involve investigation of trace metal and nutrient impacts on algae and viruses. The individual should expect to develop new hypotheses from experimental and sequence data on specific controls/pathways and design plus perform additional research pursuing these hypotheses.

More information on general research in the group is available at:

Ph.D. in microbiology, oceanography, biology or a related field is required.  Excellent writing skills are required. Communicative and collaborative ability is essential.

The selected individual will have demonstrated interest in working at the interface between oceanographic and biological sciences as well as bioinformatics. An interest in developing knowledge of marine microbial populations and ecology is crucial, if not already a developed knowledge area.

Address your cover letter to:
MBARI, Human Resources
Job code: Postdoc-W
7700 Sandholdt Road, Moss Landing, CA 95039-9644

Submit your cover letter, CV (including publications), and contact information for three professional references by e-mail to, or by mail to the above address, or by fax to (831) 775-1620.

MBARI is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. MBARI considers all applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or covered veteran status in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws.

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