Job ID: 29422
Updated: August 25, 2023
Location: Main Campus
We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta. The City of Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III.
The Department of Biological Sciences in the Faculty of Science invites applications for a Research Associate in Marine and Wastewater Microbial Metagenomics and Bioinformatics. This Full-time Fixed Term position is for approximately 12 months (based on length of grant funding), with the possibility of extension.
Reporting to the Principal Investigator, this position will focus on characterisation of microbial communities in marine ecosystem(s) that are (or may be) at risk of oil spill pollution in the Canadian Arctic Ocean and Atlantic Ocean, including seawater, bottom sediments, and sea ice (thin, thick, first year, multi-year, etc). In addition to determining in situ microbial community structure and function, the successful candidate will study the effect of pollutants and microbial remediation of pollutants (i.e., mock oil spills in experimental microcosms or larger scale mesocosms) in different sample types and/or geographic areas. This will include screening genomes and metagenomes for genes associated with hydrocarbon biodegradation using the CANT HYD software tool. Applying and using pipelines for assessing viral diversity in aquatic samples will be a complementary activity for the Research Associate.
This successful candidate will carry out assessments of microbial diversity and ecophysiology using existing and emerging genomic technologies related to metagenomic and amplicon sequence analysis (e.g., different sequencing strategies and platforms). The candidate should be able to carry out sequence analysis in aid of ecological interpretations, which may involve using or developing bioinformatics tools. The samples currently available for this work span the Canadian Arctic and sub-Arctic marine ecosystem. Future sampling will be carried out through small and/or large research vessels. including the Canadian Coast Guard research icebreaker Amundsen. Relevant field experience is a requirement.
Summary of Key Responsibilities (job functions include but are not limited to):
- Installing and running bioinformatics tools for assessing and contrasting microbial communities
- Metagenomic library preparation, troubleshooting, analysis, and interpretation
- Amplicon library preparation, troubleshooting, analysis, and interpretation
- Incorporating environmental metadata for statistically tested ecological interpretations of marine microbial biodiversity and its potential to respond to different pollution events
- Nucleic acid extraction (DNA, RNA) from different kinds of samples using multiple approaches
- Microscopy applications for cell counting
- Participating in publication of results in peer-review journals is expected
- Maintain a clear and well-documented log of all data, data analyses, results, and lab work
- Meet with supervisor(s) regularly (e.g., monthly meetings, as well as interactions on a day-to-day basis) to provide update on status of experimental results
- Presentation of results to the MMG research group in weekly lab meetings (e.g., once every 6 weeks) and when applicable to project end users, sponsors or other researchers (e.g., at a conference)
- Understanding of standard operating procedures of the equipment used in the experimental protocols.
- Maintain a clean and safe laboratory work environment
- Manage time effectively to complete project work and contribute yearly research updates to program sponsors.
Qualifications / Requirements:
- PhD in Microbiology is required
- Experience with bioinformatics software applications and/or development, including those applied in but not limited to genomics, metagenomics and other microbial multi-omics applications is required
- Experience in and knowledge of environmental microbiology is required
- Familiarity and interest in marine microbial ecology and biogeography is required
- Understanding of hydrocarbon degradation and bioremediation is a requirement
- Experience in marine fieldwork on research vessels is a requirement
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office Programs, Unix/Linux, R (or other statistical softwares), scripting in Python (or Perl), server use and SLURM is a requirement
- Experience in analysing terabyte-scale sequencing data is a requirement
- Knowledge of WHMIS is required
- Ability to multi-task and deal with some repetitive tasks is required
- Strong organizational and time management skills is required
- Good verbal and written communication skills is required
- Must be comfortable working in a diverse research team and have good interpersonal skills
- Previous experience with mentoring early career scientists (e.g. graduate students) is an asset
Application Deadline: August 24, 2023
We would like to thank all applicants in advance for submitting their resumes. Please note, only those candidates chosen to continue on through the selection process will be contacted.
This position is part of the AUPE bargaining unit, and falls under the Technical Job Family, Phase 2 (Salary range: $32.21 – $46.63/hour).
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