Utah State University

  • Postdoctoral Fellow II

    City Logan Campus
    Posted Date 2 months ago(11/27/2019 10:05 AM)
    Requisition ID
    # of Openings
    Job Locations
    Category (Portal Searching)
    Research (non-Faculty)
    Position Type
    Regular Full-Time
    Job Classification
    College of Science
    Advertised Salary
    Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits
  • Overview

    Postdoctoral Fellow at Utah State University: Microbial Ecology of Flowers

    The Schaeffer Lab (www.robertnschaeffer.com) in the Department of Biology at USU is seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow. The fellow will be expected to contribute to ongoing projects in the lab on the community and evolutionary ecology of floral-associated microbiomes, including those associated with both applied and natural systems. Considerable flexibility will be extended to the fellow however on the design and implementation of their project. Candidates interested in developing research involving one or more of the following areas are encouraged to apply: chemistry of floral rewards, plant-pollinator interactions, plant mating system evolution, and/or sustainable food production. The fellow will also have ample opportunity to both mentor and collaborate with undergraduate and graduate students.


    The start date for the position is flexible, however sometime during Spring 2020 is preferred. The position offers a competitive salary and benefits, with an initial appointment of one year. A second year of funding is available to extend the position pending satisfactory performance. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.


    The fellow will design and carry out research studies pertaining to the basic and/or applied ecology of the floral microbiome. Moreover, the fellow will be expected to analyze data resulting from this work and present findings through presentations and peer-reviewed publications.


    Minimum qualifications:

    1. Doctoral degree in botany, ecology, microbiology or related discipline.
    2. Experience designing and managing field and greenhouse studies.
    3. Strong quantitative, as well as written and verbal communication skills.
    4. Demonstrated record of publication of peer-reviewed literature.

    Required Documents

    Along with the online application, please attach:

    1. Curriculum vitae, including contact information for three professional references to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Resume/CV”
    2. A writing sample (i.e. peer-reviewed publication) to be uploaded into the candidate profile under "Other documents."
    3. Cover letter briefly describing your experience, qualifications, and research interests to be typed/pasted at the end of your application

    Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.


    **Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

    Advertised Salary

    Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits


    Employees work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes.  The employee is regularly required to sit and often uses repetitive hand motions.

    College/Department Highlights

    The Department of Biology and USU offer excellent opportunities for training and collaboration, given the vibrant research community that spans across the Biology department, Ecology Center, and two USDA-ARS labs focused on pollinating insects and poisonous plants respectively. The USU main campus is located in Logan, Utah; a city of 50,000, centered in the Cache Valley of northern Utah, approximately 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby Wasatch mountains and proximate region.

    University Highlights

    Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is honored to be Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is a Carnegie RU/H (Research University/High Research Activity) institution with approximately 28,000 students (25,000 undergraduates and 3,000 graduate students) on the Logan main campus, four regional campuses, two USU Eastern campuses, and 28 centers throughout the state. USU offers 162 undergraduate majors, 153 graduate programs, and a variety of innovative stackable associate and certificate credentials. The 2018 rankings from Washington Monthly ranked USU as one of the top 30 national Universities and the 5th best public national university in the nation. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU is proud to provide a high-quality education at an affordable price. Additional information about Utah State University can be found at: https://www.usu.edu/about/at-a-glance/.


    A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and people in economic development, improvements to quality of life, and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge, the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant tradition of partnering with communities to address critical societal issues in the interest of the public good.


    The USU main campus is located in beautiful Logan, Utah; a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region. Additional information about Logan can be found at: http://www.loganutah.org/visitors/about_logan/index.php.


    USU recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the university’s academic mission of learning, discovery, and engagement (https://www.usu.edu/president/missionstatement/). USU is an AA/EO employer and does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation or gender identity/expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy or local, state, or federal law. Learn more at https://equity.usu.edu/. USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a Dual Career Assistance program. Additional information can be found at: http://www.usu.edu/provost/faculty-life/dual-career-assistance.cfm.



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