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Hi Mary,
 Karla Heidelberg and myself are opening a postdoctoral position in conjunction with our project entitled "Comparative Functional Analyses of Mixotrophy Among Microbial Eukaryotes" funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. I was wondering if you could post the ad ( text below) to the ocb-all listserv? The expertise that we are looking for should be available in the ocean science community, and the work will have applicability to the field.
Best wishes,


Biological Sciences
Marine and Environmental Biology
University of Southern California
3616 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, California 90089-0371 • Tel: 213 821-5779 • Fax: 213 740 8123
Open Postdoctoral Research Associate: Protistan Physiology
The University of Southern California (USC), founded in 1880, is located in the heart of
downtown L.A. and is the largest private employer in the City of Los Angeles. As an
employee of USC, you will be a part of a world-class research university and a member of the
"Trojan Family," which is comprised of the faculty, students and staff that make the university
what it is.

A postdoctoral position is available within the marine microbial ecology group in the
Department of Biology at the University of Southern California to perform ongoing
experimental studies examining the physiological response of marine mixotrophic algae in
response to changing environmental conditions (light, prey availability). The experimental
approach will involve comparative gene expression of target species using high-throughput
transcriptomic profiling and other state-of-the-art technologies to characterize energy
production, utilization and elemental cycling. This interdisciplinary research program uses a
variety of classical and cutting edge high-throughput sequencing approaches to study
questions related to environmental microbial eukaryotic ecology, biochemistry, and
physiology. The postdoc will be jointly advised by David Caron and Karla Heidelberg and
work with a team of graduate students, technicians and computational scientists.

Job Responsibilities: The postdoc will participate in planning, designing and conducting
highly technical and complex research experiments that align with the goals of the research
program. Specific responsibilities would include:

 Lead and contribute to the design and performance of experiments involving the culture
of microalgae, molecular biological analyses of their gene expression, and interpretation
of resulting data.

 Analyze and evaluate research data utilizing computers and provide interpretations
requiring significant knowledge of the specific area of research.

 Lead and contribute to synthesis of results and publication in the primary literature,
and/or technical reports and records.

 Search literature, utilizing all available resources including electronic, regarding new
methodology and scientific findings in the area of research.

 Operate and maintain sophisticated laboratory/scientific equipment.

 Perform other related duties as assigned or requested. The University reserves the right
to add or change duties at any time.

Position type: New; Grant Funded, Fixed Term
Job Requirements: Candidates for this position must have a PhD in microbiology,
biochemistry or a related field prior to the start date of the appointment. The successful
candidate must have experience with the culture and experimental manipulation of microbial
eukaryotes molecular biology research tools, and preferably transcriptomic bioinformatics.
Preference will be given to applicants with a high level of documented research productivity,
laboratory research experience and computational approaches.

Application process: Applicants should send their CV, a letter of intent describing
motivation, qualifications, skills, and experience relevant to this position, and contact
information for three references. Specific questions about the position may be addressed to
Prof. David Caron (dcaron@usc.edu) or Prof. Karla Heidelberg (kheidelb@usc.edu). For full
consideration, the application should be received by June 14, 2013.

Salary Range: We offer a competitive salary range and a generous benefits package.
The University of Southern California values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity
in employment.

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