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Postdoctoral Research Associate, Division of Biological Sciences (Miller Lab)

at University Of Montana

Posted: 9/1/2019
Job Reference #: 2102

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The Miller Lab at the University of Montana, Missoula is searching for a Postdoctoral Research Associate. The position is supported by a newly funded NSF award to investigate the mechanisms underlying the evolution of thermotolerance in an ecologically diverse group of thermophilic cyanobacteria. The postdoc will be primarily responsible for the acquisition of transcriptomic and ribosome profiling data to test how resource allocation constraints on gene expression impact the temperature-dependence of bacterial growth. A Ph.D. in microbiology or a related field is required, and the successful candidate will demonstrate a strong background in transcriptomics and genomics as well as proficiency with programming in Python, Perl and/or R. The appointment is a 12-month Letter of Appointment with flexible start date, renewable for up to three years.

The Division of Biological Sciences at the University of Montana ( is home to a diverse and highly interactive faculty, and the Miller lab is housed in newly constructed space dedicated to evolutionary genomics research. Missoula is a great college town located in the heart of the Rocky Mountains with an exceptional quality of life. For further information on this position and our research, please contact Dr. Miller directly at

Required Qualifications

  • Demonstrated experience of excellent research capabilities required to carry out innovative and insightful research
  • Ability to identify, analyze and summarize relevant literature
  • Ability to devise and articulate a research plan with defined goals, and design sound experimental strategies with appropriate controls
  • Proven record and ability to produce research to a high publication standard
  • Ability to learn and apply new skills appropriate to conduct necessary research
  • Knowledge and experience in laboratory environment (preferably microbiology)
  • Proven ability to communicate complex ideas and concepts (both orally and in writing) to scientific and non-scientific audiences
  • Ability and willingness to undertake collaborative research
  • Ability to supervise and mentor undergraduate and graduate students
  • Ability to maintain a safe working and learning environment
  • Ability to achieve project goals within time and budget
  • Strong theoretical and empirical background
  • Demonstrated experience and/or knowledge in the following techniques:
    • Next-generation sequencing approaches
    • Computer programming and analysis of genomics and transcriptomics data

About UM

The University of Montana is a unit of the Montana University System with more than 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students and 500+ full-time faculty members. It is located in Missoula, a culturally vibrant community of about 70,000, surrounded by mountain grandeur which was recently ranked in the “top 20 best college towns with a population of less than 250,000” by the American Institute for Economic Research and ranked 9th in Outside Magazine’s “The 16 Greatest Places to Live in America” in 2014. Many national publications recognize Missoula for its high quality of life. Abundant recreational opportunities in surrounding state and national forests and nearby Glacier National Park and Yellowstone National Park complement a thriving intellectual atmosphere.

The University of Montana is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity in all areas. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of qualified people who would assist the University in demonstrating its essential values of innovation and creativity, impact, openness, and partnership.

To learn more about the University of Montana, Missoula, and the State of Montana, please visit the links below.

Criminal Background Investigation is required prior to Offer of Employment.
In accordance with University policy, finalists for this position will be subject to criminal background investigations.
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Reasonable accommodations are provided in the hiring process for persons with disabilities. For example, this material is available in alternative format upon request. As an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, we encourage applications from minorities, veterans, and women. Qualified candidates may request veterans’ or disabilities preference in accordance with state law.
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How to Apply

Application review has begun; however, applications are still being accepted. Position is open until filled.

Please submit the following application materials via "New Resume/CV" button below. Applications must be submitted via the UM Jobs system at

*Please note: only five (5) attachments are allowed per application. Please combine documents accordingly.

  • Letter of Interest – describing your research interests and qualifications
  • Detailed resume - listing education and describing work experience
  • Professional References – names and contact information for three (3) professional references.
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Missoula, Montana, United States
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