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Colorado State University Postdoctoral Fellow (Daly) in Fort Collins, Colorado

Working Title Postdoctoral Fellow (Daly)

Position Location Fort Collins, CO

Research Professional Position Yes

Posting Number 202000731AP

Position Type Admin Professional/ Research Professional

Classification Title Postdoctoral Fellows

Number of Vacancies

Work Hours/Week 40

Proposed Annual Salary Range $48,000-$56,000 plus comprehensive benefits. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. See CSU HR Prospective Employees site:

Employee Benefits

Desired Start Date

Position End Date (if temporary)

To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) on 10/04/2020

Description of Work Unit

The Department of Soil and Crop Sciences is focused on education, research, and outreach to solve the world’s most pressing food production issues and crucial matters about Earth, its ecosystems, and their services. Our faculty and staff apply research-based solutions to benefit Colorado and the world. We offer academic programs to prepare students to address national and global crop production, sustainability, and environmental quality challenges such as waste management, water quality, and reclamation of drastically disturbed lands. There are numerous opportunities for students to be involved in cutting edge research related to global food production and ecosystem function and protection.

Position Summary

The Wrighton laboratory seeks a postdoctoral fellow (2-3 year position) to perform independent research involving meta-omics in wetlands in support of “The EMERGE Institute, integrating research and training to characterize EMergent Ecosystem Response to ChanGE.” This position will collaborate with other researchers from multiple academic institutions world-wide (20+ researchers) across disciplines, including ecologists, modelers, and geochemists. Research time will be distributed between bioinformatics, wet-lab experiments, writing and oral dissemination of research. The goals of this position are: a) to assist in intellectual development of metabolic exchanges by contributing content to an existing computational platform based on DRAM (software developed in the Wrighton laboratory “Distilled and Refined Annotation of Metabolism”, Shaffer, Borton et al. 2020, NAR), b) discern microbial metabolic networks and c) assist with outreach activities. The postdoctoral fellow will be expected to co-author manuscripts for scientific journals, write progress reports, and assist on proposal writing. This postdoc is responsible for the training of graduate and undergraduate students, and technicians on bioinformatic methodologies.

Required Job Qualifications

• PhD in microbiology, soil sciences (or closely related field) by the beginning of the appointment. • Excellent work ethic, ability to work independently and in a team. • The applicant must be able to communicate effectively with other professionals, especially those outside the applicant’s discipline. • A strong record of publication related to the use of genome-resolved (bacterial and archaeal) meta-omic techniques to assess microbial community structure and function. • Ability to interpret metabolic functions from a bacterial or archaeal genome annotations (isolate or metagenome-derived). • Experience running command line bioinformatics tools including those used for (meta)genome assembly, genome binning, metatranscriptome analyses, and read mapping; proficiency in Unix. • Experience with multivariate statistics including proficiency in R.

Preferred Job Qualifications

• Experience working with bacterial/archaeal isolations or enrichments (anaerobic / aerobic). • Experience working in saturated soils or sediment ecosystems. • Ability to physiologically characterize axenic bacterial and archaeal cultures. • Experience working with long-read sequencing data, metaproteomic data, • Experience in python. • Mentoring / training / teaching experience. • Experience working in a high performance computing environment (e.g. using job schedulers like slurm/torque).

Diversity Statement

Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Research


Microbiome data collection, analysis, and presentation. Presentations will include oral and written, at project, university, and national meetings.

Percentage Of Time 60

Job Duty Category Authorship


Lead and contribute to writing of annual reports, grants, and first-author (2-3 publications to journals with high impact factors). This position also offers multiple opportunities for co-authorships both within the Wrighton laboratory and within the larger EMERGE Institute.

Percentage Of Time 25

Job Duty Category Mentoring


Partial mentorship responsibilities for a graduate student working on this project in the Wrighton laboratory. Providing assistance to other laboratory members in microbiome bioinformatics pipelines (graduate students, post-doctoral researchers and research associates).

Percentage Of Time 15

Special Instructions to Applicants

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but for full consideration, all materials must be received by 10/04/2020. Applicants should upload the following: (1) a cover letter addressing qualifications; (2) curriculum vitae; and (3) contact information of three professional references, one of who is/was an immediate supervisor, who has firsthand knowledge of the applicant’s profession abilities (include name, association, phone and email). References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates. For inquiries about the position, contact Search Chair Rebecca Daly For additional information about the Wrighton laboratory, visit

Conditions of Employment Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires)

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EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

The Title IX Coordinator is the Vice President for Equity, Equal Opportunity, and Title IX, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO. 80523, (970) 491-1715.

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Vice President for Equity, Equal Opportunity, and Title IX, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will also be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the University, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

References Requested

Minimum Requested 3

Maximum Requested 3

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents

  • Cover Letter

  • Curriculum Vitae

    Optional Documents