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Post Doctoral Reseach Associate

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For full consideration, the application MUST contain these components submitted through the online portal (do not send materials to search committee members): 1) A letter of application, including a statement of research interests (no more than 2 pages) 2) A curriculum vitae 3) A statement that addresses how the candidate’s cultural, experiential, or academic background contributes to building an equitable and diverse scholarly environment (upload as document Other B) 4) Copies of (unofficial) graduate transcripts, 5) Contact Details of Three Professional References MS Word or Adobe PDF attachments are required. Questions regarding the application process can be directed to Robin Williams (williamsr@uncw.edu), while questions regarding the position can be directed to Dr. Alison R. Taylor (taylora@uncw.edu).

Posting Details

Posting Details

Position Title Post Doctoral Reseach Associate
Department Biology & Marine Biology - 32310
Vacancy Number E209
Position Number 1503
Location of Workplace Main UNCW Campus
Summary of Position

The Department of Biology and Marine Biology at the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) invites applications for the position of Postdoctoral Research Associate. The successful candidate will join a NOAA-funded interdisciplinary team of faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates conducting research on marine microplastics and their associated organic compounds (e.g. plasticizers). Specifically, the project will address the potential for trophic transfer of these anthropogenic particles and associated pollutants in marine food webs.
The postdoctoral associate will be the primary analytical chemist for the project, working with team-members in the Department of Biology and Marine Biology, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry (housed in the same building), Center for Marine Sciences, and the UNCW Aquaculture Facility. The individual will contribute to the day-to-day functioning of the lab, publish research results in peer-reviewed journals, write reports and grants to support research, and mentor graduate and undergraduate students.

The department has an excellent record of faculty and postdoctoral development and mentorship, and is committed to assisting new members of the department to succeed. The department is especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute, through their research and mentoring, to the diversity and excellence of the academic community. For more information on the department, please visit http://uncw.edu/bio/.

Minimum Requirements

- Ph.D. (or ABD) in Chemistry, Biology or a related field
- Exceptional communication skills
- Ability to work within diverse teams

Preferred Qualifications

A Ph.D. in Chemistry, Biology or a related field (or ABD). Extensive experience with HPLC. Other experience in analytical methods/spectroscopy for organic compounds is welcomed

Primary Function of Organizational Unit

Modern Biology increasingly impacts the non-scientific world, facilitating solutions to technological, environmental, ethical, philosophical and political issues that are important to society. The Department of Biology and Marine Biology at UNCW strives to train the next generation of scientists and educators, and prepare all students to make sound judgments based on a solid foundation of biological principles. The department provides an environment in which excellent teaching coupled with diverse research opportunities encourage our faculty to become leaders in their discipline. Our teaching emphasizes current theories of biological science, knowledge of basic investigative skills, and methods of critical inquiry. Our research programs, in both applied and basic aspects of discovery, value investigations of biological phenomena that impact the quality of life in our region and beyond. We lend our professional expertise to all endeavors that work for the improvement of the human condition and our environment. We believe the importance of modern biological principles must transcend the university classroom and enable our students to contribute as global citizens.

College/School Information

At UNCW, the College of Arts and Sciences provides the vital foundation for the university’s pursuit of excellence. Through our teaching, we educate students for lives of fulfillment in the twenty-first century. Through our research, we advance the state of knowledge and creativity in the arts and sciences. And through our outreach, we improve the quality of life in Southeastern North Carolina and beyond.

University Information

The University of North Carolina Wilmington, the state’s coastal university, is dedicated to learning through the integration of teaching and mentoring with research and service. A public institution with nearly 16,500 students, the university is known for its superb faculty and staff and powerful academic experience. With an array of high-quality programs at the baccalaureate and master’s levels, and doctoral programs in marine biology, educational leadership, psychology and nursing practice. UNCW is consistently recognized at a national level for academic excellence and affordability by publications like U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance and The Business Journals. UNCW also recently earned the 2015 Community Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, bestowed to higher education institutions dedicated to community involvement.

EEO Statement

UNC Wilmington actively fosters a diverse and inclusive working and learning environment and is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified persons from all racial, ethnic or other minority groups, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applicant Instructions

For full consideration, the application MUST contain these components submitted through the online portal (do not send materials to search committee members):
1) A letter of application, including a statement of research interests (no more than 2 pages)
2) A curriculum vitae
3) A statement that addresses how the candidate’s cultural, experiential, or academic background contributes to building an equitable and diverse scholarly environment (upload as document Other B)
4) Copies of (unofficial) graduate transcripts,
5) Contact Details of Three Professional References

MS Word or Adobe PDF attachments are required.

Questions regarding the application process can be directed to Robin Williams (williamsr@uncw.edu), while questions regarding the position can be directed to Dr. Alison R. Taylor (taylora@uncw.edu).

Months Per Year 12J (July-June)
Position Type Time-limited
Anticipated Ending Date if Time-Limited Positions 06/30/2019
Job Posting Date 11/20/2017
Priority Consideration Date 12/20/2017
Priority Consideration Information

Priority consideration will be given to applications received by the Priority Date; however, applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vita
  3. List of 3 Professional References
  4. Other B
  5. Combined Unofficial Graduate Transcripts
Optional Documents

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