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Postdoctoral Molecular Researcher (Northwest Indian College)

2522 Kwina Road near Lummi Shore Drive

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compensation: $48,000 to $52,000 Max DOE
employment type: full-time

Postdoctoral Molecular Researcher (FT, 12 months)

Opening Date: November 13, 2019
Review Date: December 2, 2019
Closing Date: Open until filled
Location: Lummi Main Campus
Salary: $48,000 to $52,000 Max DOE

The salary placement upon hire will be based on the selected candidate's education and relevant work experience as outlined in the job announcement and the established salary schedule for the classification of position to be filled.

Note: This position is for 12 months initially and is renewable depending on funding availability and performance.

Northwest Indian College invites applicants for a full-time postdoctoral research position on the Lummi main campus at the Salish Sea Research Center (SSRC). The SSRC is a 4,200 sq. ft. research center with a variety of equipment and instruments, including a genetic laboratory and two research vessels. The SSRC works with our tribal partners to focus on community-identified research and increase the presence and influence of Native American leadership in the area of marine sciences. Solutions to environmental degradation require attention to both science and culture. Specifically, the SSRC is charged with increasing the number of Native Americans with science backgrounds in leadership roles that serve their communities. The SSRC provides a facility for world-class research and its mission complements and enhances the efforts of research at Northwest Indian College.

The Salish Sea Research Center seeks an energetic individual to help drive our research forward. We work on marine issues related to the Salish Sea that affect the Indigenous communities in the area. The Salish Sea has a history of harmful algae events, and the SSRC monitors for harmful algae and biotoxins through microscopy and chemical analyses. The successful candidate will work on a community-identified project to design TaqMan probes for qPCR analysis of harmful algae taxa. The overall aim of the grant is to develop probes for harmful algae monitoring and identification while working with our tribal partners to monitor shellfish harvesting locations.

Depending on skillset and interest, the Postdoc will have the opportunity to participate in fieldwork, lab work, and biospecimen receiving, shipping, and handling. The successful candidate will receive training in research collaboration, presentation and publication of results, and outreach and mentoring.

• Perform molecular biology protocols governed by Standard Operating Procedures
• Extraction of nucleic acids from environmental samples
• Design appropriate TaqMan probes for quantification of harmful algae species
• Maintenance of tissue biobanks, biospecimen handling, and logistics
• Write and edit SOP's as required
• Routine maintenance of laboratory equipment
• Use typical software including Excel, Word, and OneNote
• Proficiency with bioinformatics pipelines and statistical programs such as R
• Work in multidisciplinary teams
• Mentor undergraduate student interns on research projects
• Any other duties as assigned

There are no supervisory responsibilities assigned to this position

QUALIFICATIONS to perform the position successfully:

Minimum Qualifications:
• PhD in molecular biology or related area
• Confident, innovative, problem solver
• Experience with qPCR and design of molecular probes

Preferred Qualifications:
• Experience with Nanopore Technology (MinION)
• Proficiency with Python
• Experience with molecular protocols involving phytoplankton
• Experience with tribal communities
• Experience with supervising and facilitating tribal and/or minority students’ research projects
• Experience implementing research projects

Work Environment:
The work environment for this position is primarily within the laboratory, although some outdoor field sampling may be required. Outdoor work could involve exposure to moderate levels of heat, cold, humidity, and/or rain. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Interested individuals should submit the following application materials directly to the NWIC Human Resources Office only.

1. Cover letter addressing how you meet the position qualifications
2. NWIC Application
3. NWIC Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) form
4. Current and complete professional resume
5. Copies of college transcripts (can submit unofficial copies at time of application)
6. Three letters of recommendation from persons, who are not members of your immediate family, who have firsthand knowledge of your qualifications for the position
7. If applicable to the position, provide copies of certificates/licenses/credentials

The job announcement and application forms are available online at or may be requested from and submitted directly to:

Human Resources
Northwest Indian College
2522 Kwina Road
Bellingham, WA 98226-9278
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post id: 7019622553



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