Florida softshell turtle, Apalone ferox, photo by J.D. Willson

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Marine Molecular Ecology

Old Dominion University
Norfolk, Virginia, and the Phillippines
Closing Date
6 April 2018

The Department of Biological Sciences at Old Dominion University, a "Doctoral Research-Extensive" state university, has a Post-Doctoral Research Associate position available in marine molecular ecology. This position involves participation in an NSF-funded PIRE (Partnerships for International Research and Education) Project to examine genetic and species-level changes in marine biodiversity over the past century of intense fisheries exploitation and habitat degradation in the Philippines.

The successful candidate will be expected to live in the Philippines for up to four months during summer to conduct field and laboratory operations and supervise undergraduate and graduate students from collaborating institutions. The appointment begins March 1, 2018 and is renewable yearly. Salary is dependent on qualifications.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Field and laboratory work in marine molecular ecology:
    • Coordinate and conduct field and laboratory research in the Philippines and U.S.;
    • Collect and sample marine fishes via market and dive surveys;
    • Collect, analyze and interpret genomic data;
    • Lead a comparative research project utilizing Albatross and contemporary collections with the expectation of publishing a peer-reviewed manuscript.
  • Support undergraduate and graduate student research:
    • Facilitate an annual two-week Bioinformatics Training Workshop at Silliman University;
    • Support and assist graduate and undergraduate students during a 9-week REU program over the summer;
  • Additional tasks:
    • Spend up to four months each summer in the Philippines;
    • Participate in collaborative, multi-institutional and international research project both independently and as a team player;
    • Assist Principal Investigator, co-PIs, and project collaborators and personnel as needed;
    • Classroom teaching in the U.S. and Philippines as needed;
    • All other duties, as assigned.


Applicants must have a PhD in molecular ecology, population genomics, marine phylogeography, or a closely related field at the time of employment. A strong background in molecular biology and experience with processing large datasets from next-generation sequencing methods is strongly preferred, including working in UNIX or LINUX environments and familiarity with bash, python, or perl scripting. 

Competitive applicants will have some teaching experience and be comfortable coordinating and conducting research in the field and laboratory. AAUS Scientific Diver certification is desired.

To Apply:

Highly motivated and interested candidates are encouraged to apply by sending a CV, a statement of your interest in the position, including prior research and future career goals (2-page maximum), and the names and contact information for at least three references to aacki002 [at] odu.edu. Review of applications will begin following the April 6 deadline.

Questions can be directed to Dr. Amanda Ackiss (aacki002 [at] odu.edu).

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