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Coastal Carbon Scientist / Microbial Ecologist

The Water Institute of the Gulf
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
The Institute offers a competitive salary. flexible leave, hybrid environment, 401(k) w/match,& more
Closing date
Sep 16, 2022

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Aquatic ecology, Microbial ecology
Job Type
Postdoc, Researcher
Organization Type
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The Water Institute is seeking a Coastal Carbon Scientist and a Microbial Ecologist (with experience using genomics tools) to conduct field, laboratory, and/or modeling work in coastal and deltaic environments with a focus of assessing carbon fluxes in coastal habitats of wetlands, estuaries, and coastal ocean. These are full-time positions with benefits and will report to and work closely with Dr Melissa Baustian, Coastal Ecologist and Director of the RESTORE Act Center of Excellence in the Coastal Ecology Department and Dr Jason Curole, Geneticist and Director of Project Management. The positions will work within a dynamic team of natural and social science researchers at The Water Institute to provide technical support in the development and application of quantifying carbon fluxes in Coastal Louisiana to assess how changes in habitats from conversion to open water and restoration will likely alter those carbon fluxes along with performing other coastal carbon tasks. Candidates selected will help conduct field work, prepare samples for analysis, and analyze data to help improve the fluxes of a carbon budget for coastal Louisiana while working closely with partners from academia, industry, and local, state, and regional governments as necessary to generate exemplary, world-class applied research.

We are seeking an early career scientist that is extremely motivated that wants to learn new skills, attract external funding, and is capable of effective cross-disciplinary collaboration. Responsibilities will reflect career stage and previous experience. Workload will vary from week to week, and the successful candidate will be flexible, willing to occasionally work evenings, and travel for meetings and conferences. The Institute expects to offer a competitive salary and benefits commensurate with a candidate’s skills and experience. This is a full-time exempt position and is based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Required qualifications for both positions include:

  • PhD with one post doc or 2+ years of work experience in oceanography, coastal or aquatic ecology, limnology, environmental science, wetland ecology or other ecology-related field
  • Excellent written skills, ability to describe highly technical information clearly (including writing technical reports, non-technical summaries, and publishing in peer-reviewed scientific journals)
  • Strong oral communication skills for discussing highly technical concepts to diverse audiences (including oral presentations at project meetings and scientific conferences; discussions at stakeholder meetings)
  • Ability to work harmoniously in a collaborative research team is crucial
  • Pro-active attitude to problem solving, ability to work independently, and self-motivated

Desired qualifications for both positions include:

  • Knowledge and experience with data analysis and interpretation using statistical techniques with Matlab, R, SAS, etc.
  • Experience with integrated models, GIS, and high-performance computing are considered a plus
  • Understanding of current scientific literature related to carbon cycling of coastal ecosystems
  • Strong project management and time management skills
  • Identify and assist with acquisition of funding from public, private, and federal sources
  • Field work experience in estuaries including the use of small boats

Desired qualifications for Coastal Carbon Scientist include:

  • Expertise in the coastal carbon cycling, including assessing carbon fluxes and stocks coastal habitats
  • Experience working with analytical frameworks (e.g., box models)
  • Strong quantitative skills and experience with numerical models and scientific programming is advantageous, particularly with Fortran and analysis tools such as Matlab, Python, or Julia.
  • Experience with modeling of coastal hydrology, wetland, and/or coastal estuaries (such as Delft 3D, FVCOM and SCHISM) is preferred

Desired qualifications for Microbial Ecologist include:

  • Expertise using genomic tools to quantify microbial populations and nutrient cycling processes
  • Knowledge of methanogen/methanotroph community and physiology of methanogenesis
  • Analysis of bacterial community diversity and abundance
  • Analysis of high-throughput genomic and transcriptomic data
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