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The Associate Research Scientist will join the team of Dr. Duhamel at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University to mainly support research activities related to a project funded by the Moore Foundation. The Associate Research Scientist will be responsible for the day to day oversight of a scientific project researching an endosymbiosis between embryos of the spotted salamander (Ambystoma maculatum) and an algal symbiont that lives inside its egg capsules (Oophila amblystomatis). The Associate Research Scientist will design and conduct experiments to improve our understanding of the potential transfer of metabolites between the symbiont and its host. The Associate Research Scientist will work independently and will coordinate research activities, including data analyses and scientific paper writing with Duhamel and other collaborators involved in this project at other institutions.

Candidates should have a PhD in molecular biology or related field and at least three years of science experience and demonstrated expertise in using tracers such as radio- and/or stable isotopes, and molecular tools such as qPCR, genomic, transcriptomics, and bioinformatics. Experience with symbiotic systems, field collection of materials, and work in non-model systems preferred. A strong record of publications in the scientific literature required. Success in mentoring and supervising students and technical staff.  And organizational, managerial, editorial or public outreach skills, preferred.

Appointments are made on a fiscal year basis and are eligible for renewal each July 1, contingent upon performance and funding.

Search will remain open for at least 30 days after the ad appears and will continue until the position is filled.

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Columbia University benefits offered with this Officer of Research appointment.

Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer — Race/Gender/Disability/Veteran.

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