Best post doc position ever: w/ Jessica Green, myself, Jay Stachowicz, Jenna Lang

copied from U. Oregon web site

Postdoctoral Research Scholar
Institute of Ecology and Evolution

Posting: 14431
Location: Eugene
Closes: Open Until Filled

Revised Posting
Postdoctoral Position in Microbial Ecology and Evolution
Jessica Green at the University of Oregon ( is currently seeking a postdoctoral researcher to collaborate on the Seagrass Microbiome Project (  

Applicants should have a Ph.D. in a biological, computational, mathematical, or statistical field and strong writing skills.  The ideal candidate will have experience developing and applying models to understand the ecology, evolution, and/or function of complex systems.  Experience in the analysis of environmental sequence data is highly desirable, but not required. 
The successful candidate will have the opportunity to creatively and independently tackle one or more of the science questions outlined in the Seagrass Microbiome Project grant proposal (, funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.  

The successful candidate will interact regularly with team members Jonathan Eisen (, Jay Stachowicz, and Jenna Lang ( at the University of California, Davis through weekly tele-conferencing and also through regular visits to the UC Davis campus. 

At the University of Oregon, the candidate will benefit from ongoing microbiome research programs including the Microbial Ecology and Theory of Animals Center for Systems Biology ( and the Biology and Built Environment Center (

The position is available for 1 year with the possibility for renewal depending on performance.  The start date is flexible.  Please email questions regarding the position to Jessica Green (

To apply
A complete application will consist of the following materials:
(1) a brief cover letter explaining your background and career interests
(2) CV (including publications)
(3) names and contact information for three references 
Submit materials to  Subject: Posting 14431

To ensure consideration, please submit applications by March 10, 2015, but the position will remain open until filled. Women and minorities encouraged to apply.  We invite applications from qualified candidates who share our commitment to diversity. The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA. The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply, and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status.

Today on "Express Yourself" Teen Radio – me – being interviewed about #Microbes & #OpenScience

Just a little self-centered plug.  I was interviewed recently for Express Yourself! | VoiceAmerica™ teen radio show.  The teens interviewing me included Henna Hundal who worked in my lab this summer as an intern on our “Seagrass Microbiome” project. See a post from Cassie Ettinger about Henna’s work.  Also see:

It was a fun interview and I love the idea of teens doing a science radio show.   From their site

Science is everywhere. From the stars that light the night sky to the intricate patterns on a butterfly’s wings, science is at play in all parts of our world and is continually making our lives so great. Hosts Henna Hundal and Courtney Chung discuss how science shapes our perspective on life from cell phones to lawn mowers, from cures for diseases to prosthetic limbs. Global Youth Talk reporter, Ryan Sim, talks about science careers in the United Nations, and how this international community is looking at science innovation to create solutions for the next generation. Special guest Dr. Jonathan Eisen,a Full Professor at the University of California, Davis, with appointments in the UC Davis Genome Center, the School of Medicine, and the College of Biological Sciences focuses on communities of microbes and how they provide new functions – to each other or to a host. Dr. Eisen is entertaining with his study systems of boiling acid pools, surface ocean waters, agents of many diseases, and the microbial ecosystems in and on plants and animals. In Health with Henna, Henna Hundal reports on how we can prevent the negative effects of prolonged sitting. It’s important to take those “stretch breaks” every hour. Whether it’s writing scientific articles, thoughtful science reporting, or even talking about science on the radio, integrating humanities with science is key to reaching a mass audience.

So – I recommend everyone listen …12 noon Pacific Time on VoiceAmerica Kids Channel. Express Yourself! | VoiceAmerica™