Postdoctoral Researcher in Marine Viral Ecology (MVE Microbial Oceanographer)

University Of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Department of Oceanography
Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
Commensurate with experience (at least $55,000 per year) plus benefits
Closing date
Jun 4, 2022

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The Marine Viral Ecology Laboratories group at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa ( seeks a postdoctoral researcher to work on an exciting new project to investigate functional tradeoffs related to virion size. The project focuses on viruses that infect marine phytoplankton and involves both field collections and laboratory experiments and analyses. Field sampling will be conducted aboard research vessels in the open ocean and from the shoreline. Laboratory work includes analyses of the field samples (targeted gene and metagenomic analyses), isolation of new viruses infecting marine phytoplankton, and laboratory experiments to characterize functional traits among diverse virus isolates. Our current collection encompasses viruses of all genome types (RNA or DNA) and a broad size range (less than 20 nm to “giant viruses” more than 400 nm diameter).

The project is a collaboration between the Edwards Lab ( and Steward Lab ( in the Department of Oceanography ( The project PIs will meet regularly with the postdoc to provide mentoring in research methods relevant to the project, provide advice on navigating career paths, and provide opportunities for presentation and publication of project results.

The successful candidate will participate in shipboard field sampling and laboratory experiments, analyze experimental and bioinformatic data, prepare summary data for reports, draft manuscripts for peer-reviewed scientific publications, assist project PIs with laboratory maintenance and administration, participate in the mentoring of graduate and undergraduate students, present research results in public forums (scientific conferences or public lectures), and may participate in other related research projects as time allows.

Availability: Position is available immediately with start date preferably no later than Fall 2022.

Required Qualifications: PhD from an accredited college or university in the area of Marine Microbial Ecology or a related discipline. Two to four (2-4) years of research experience working with plankton, molecular biology, and bioinformatics. Knowledge of experimental design, scientific writing, sterile technique in microbiology, and laboratory safety. Proficient in molecular biological techniques (nucleic acid purification, amplification, enzymatic manipulation). Competent in bioinformatics analyses (e.g., sequence assembly, annotation, similarity searches, metagenomics, phylogenetic reconstructions). Familiarity with maintaining cultures of photosynthetic plankton (bacterial and eukaryotic). Demonstrated ability to work creatively and independently in the design and troubleshooting of experiments

Preferred Qualifications: Lab and field experience investigating phytoplankton and viruses. Field experience working on an oceanographic research vessel. Experience maintaining cultures of photosynthetic plankton. Experience with propagation of phytoplankton viruses. Experience conducting protistan grazing experiments. Experience with visualization and quantification of plankton (flow cytometry, light and epifluorescence microscopy). Experience with preparing and examining samples by electron microscopy.

Applying: Please go to and click on “Job Postings.” Position ID is 222353. You must submit the following documents online to be considered for the position: 1) Cover Letter, 2) Resume, 3) Names of Supervisory References, 4) Copy of Degree(s)/Transcript(s)/Certificate(s). All online applications must be submitted/received by the closing date (11:59 P.M. Hawai‘i Standard Time/RCUH receipt time) as stated on the job posting. If you do not have access to our system and the closing date is imminent, you may send additional documents to

The University of Hawaiʻi is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution

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