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Assistant Professor- Microbial Chemical Ecologist

Requisition #502333



The Soil and Water Sciences Department at the University of Florida is offering a 12-month, tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level for a microbial ecologist specializing in chemical ecology, including interactions between prokaryotes and between prokaryotes and eukaryots. The incumbent's research and education program will focus on microbial chemical interactions within soil and water systems. The successful candidate will establish a strong well-funded collaborative researcha dn education program at the intersection of analytical chemistry, microbiology, genomics and bioinformatics within soil-water-plant systems.

Examples of research questions and approaches that may include: identification of the cues exchanged by eukaryotic hosts and microorganisms; mechanistic understanding of the factors that drive prokaryote-eukaryote interactions in soil; chemical ecology of the interactions between microorganisms in microbial communities of environmental or agricultural significance; characterization of the impact of antibiotics on soil, water, and rhizosphere microorganisms (including propagation of antibiotic resistance determinants, chemical aspects of elicitation of viable but nonculturable bacteria, and environmental signals that impact the function and activities of microorganisms). The position carries a 30/70 teaching/research split, and the incumbent is expected to teach on-campus and distance education graduate and undergraduate courses in soil and water microbial ecology and/or related topics. An earned doctorate in soil and water sciences or a related discipline is required. Post-doctoral experience is preferred.

More information can be found at


To apply, send CV, contact information for four references, and a statement of research and teaching goals to Dr. Andrew Ogram, Chair, Search and Screen Committee, Soil and Water Sciences Department

P.O. Box 110290
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL 32611


Review of applications will begin August 15, 2017

Post Doctoral and Research Scientist




Research positions are available immediately for studies on enzymatic transformations of agricultural chemicals in soils. Experience in the following areas is desirable: analytical chemistry, isolation and characterization of bacteria from soil, enzyme assays, DNA metagenomic sequencing, and bioinformatics.


To inquire, or apply, please send a CV and contact information for references to:

Professor Larry Wackett
Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics
BioTechnology Institute

Research Associate II





The University of Miami, in collaboration with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, is seeking a full-time bioinformatician to conduct analysis of metagenomic and metatranscriptomic Next-Generation-Sequencing data from marine ecosystems. The Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Studies (CIMAS) of the University of Miami invites applications for a Research Associate II position in Bioinformatics to work closely with scientists at NOAA’s Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory’s Ocean Chemistry and Ecosystems Division (AOML/OCED), located at 4301 Rickenbacker Causeway, Miami, FL 33149. (

This bioinformatics research works with large-scale microbial omics datasets to study the biodiversity and interactions of microbes in marine ecosystems across organizational scales and their roles in ecosystem function and in diseases of marine organisms and communities. This bioinformatics research also works with large-scale eukaryotic omics datasets, especially of coral communities, investigating genomic aspects of coral reef health, resiliency, and adaptation to environmental changes such as sea level rise, climate change, ocean acidification, and exposure to pollutants. The primary tasks of the bioinformatician will include data analysis, such as metagenomic assembly, binning, annotation, mapping and comparisons of metatranscriptomes; development and maintenance of bioinformatics pipelines; development and maintenance of databases for microbiome and coral omics data. Responsibilities will also include the training of postdoctoral researchers, staff, graduate and undergraduate students in high-performance computing, programming, and bioinformatics applications. The successful candidate for this position will conduct a wide range of bioinformatic analysis of community DNA and RNA sequence data collected from corals (holobiont - tissue, zooxanthella, and microbiome) and environmental (e.g., seawater) samples. The appointee will distill and compare large sequence data sets to provide comparative metagenomic and metatranscriptomic analysis for both microbiome and eukaryotic (coral) sequences, including assessments relative to environmental metadata.

Salary is $53,900 per year (including benefits) for two years. Position may be extended longer than 2 years depending on the availability of additional funding and demonstrated good performance of the appointee.


Qualified candidates must hold a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in bioinformatics, data science, computer science, biology, or a related field with a required 2-3 years of relevant experience in bioinformatics analysis of environmental next-generation-sequencing data. Experience with Linux command line, scripting languages (Perl, Python, R, Bash, etc.), expertise with bioinformatics portals and software, web development languages and proper bioinformatic/software documentation is needed. Preference will be given towards candidates with a doctoral degree in relevant discipline and demonstrated relevant expertise in next-generation-sequencing bioinformatics analysis. Proficiency and prior experience with bioinformatics of environmental metagenomic, metatranscriptomic, and coral holobiont community sequence datasets is highly desired.


Apply online at:, Postion #: position P100014223. A statement of interest, Curriculum Vitae and contact information for 2 persons who can provide letters of recommendation are required.

For further information candidates should contact Dr. Christopher Sinigalliano (