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The School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS) of Stony Brook University seeks applicants for a Postdoctoral Associate position under Prof. Gordon T. Taylor’s supervision. The Postdoctoral Associate will assist the Principal Investigator in the School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. The selected candidate will conduct research and ensure that all experiments are appropriately conducted following the policies and procedures of Stony Brook University. Successful incumbent will have demonstrable creativity and aptitude to initiate technical research activities. S/He will have excellent writing skills and a record of high productivity.

  • Conduct stable isotope probing (SIP) experiments tracing flow of carbon from microalgal and bacterial hosts to viral pathogens and dissolved pools
  • Develop novel techniques to trace free virions back to their host using SIP, Raman microspectrometry and atomic force microscopy
  • Develop novel techniques to isolate targeted free virions for subsequent single virus genomic analysis using microfluidics, Raman microspectrometry and optical trapping (laser tweezers).
  • Receive training and participate in experiments with host-virus cultures at Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences for several weeks.
  • Contribute to development of novel Raman microspectrometric and atomic force microscopic techniques to explore microspatial seascape ecology in the plankton, i.e., effects of heterogeneous distributions of organic matter and microbial communities on material and energy exchange processes.
  • Participate in the supervision of the daily operations of the lab and contribute to the training of students and interns.
  • Develop research proposals for external funding and participate in manuscript writing for publication in scientific journals. Write activity and progress reports to funding agencies.
  • Other duties as assigned, which may include attending scientific meetings



Ph.D or equivalent degree in hand by August 31, 2017. Trained in one of the following: microbiology, virology, microbial ecology, biological oceanography, molecular techniques, or biological applications of Raman spectroscopy.


Experience in one or more of the following areas: microbial oceanographic research experience, Marine virology, Single-cell analyses (e.g., single-cell genomics), Marine biogeochemistry, FISH, qPCR, protistan, bacterial and viral cultivation, Isotopic tracer methods, Microfluidics, and Raman microspectrometry technologies. Experience supervising students. This will be an initial two-year position funded by a Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation grant, with the possibility of extension contingent upon performance and funding. The salary is $44K to $46K, commensurate with qualifications.

Applications due Jul 2, 2017 by 11:59:00 PM. Application forms, detailed procedures, and further information about this position can be found on the Stony Brook Jobs website, Ref. #1701584.

Stony Brook University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action educator and employer.

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