Associate Professional Specialist - Bioinfomatics studies of novel nitrogen cycling microbes in the marine environment

Location: Princeton, NJ
Open Date: May 2021


The Ward lab in the Department of Geosciences at Princeton University is seeking a motivated associate professional specialist to explore the pathways and mechanisms of nitrogen transformations in marine systems (oxygen minimum zones, estuaries, coastal environment). This project seeks molecular and biochemical evidence to explain novel nitrogen transformations detected in seawater using metagenomics databases as well as targeted analysis of experimental samples. This associate professional specialist position will be responsible for developing bioinformatics pipelines for analysis of deeply sequenced metagenomic datasets, implementing state of the art methodology for analysis of new datasets in addition to mining of existing public databases, standardizing the bioinformatics methods and recordkeeping across projects in the lab and collaborating with post docs and graduate students to apply bioinformatics analysis to multiple different problems in marine microbial biogeochemistry.

The initial appointment will be for one year, with the possibility for renewal for an additional year contingent upon satisfactory performance and available funding. The preferred start date is 1 September 2021, although this may be adjusted to a mutually-agreed date. The successful applicant will join a diverse lab group in an intellectually broad department, with opportunities for collaboration with scientists working in many aspects of oceanography, climate and environmental sciences.

COVID conditions: The laboratory facilities at Princeton University are currently functioning under COVID-safe conditions, subject to University and New Jersey state guidelines. It may be necessary for this work to be performed remotely, depending on COVID conditions. See the University webpage for updates.


Applicants must have a PhD in molecular microbiology/oceanography, bioinformatics, or a related field; peer-reviewed publications; and enthusiasm and drive for independent and collaborative research.

Strong candidates will also be creative and independent thinkers, have effective oral and written communication skills, and possess the ability to collaborate with and mentor a diversity of colleagues including graduate and undergraduate students.

Application Instructions

Applicants must submit the following: (1) cover letter, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) a description of relevant research experience and motivation/interest in the current position (1 page maximum), and (4) contact information (including telephone numbers and e-mail addresses) for three professional references.

All application materials must be submitted online on the Princeton University Academic Hiring website at

Review of applications will begin 1 June 2021 and continue until the position is filled.

This position is subject to the University's background check policy. Princeton University is an equal opportunity employer/affirmative action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

posted: 10 May 2021     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.