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Post doctoral Associate (PHES)

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Morehead State University

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Morehead, Kentucky

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Tue, 15 Dec 2020 23:59:59 GMT

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Job Title Post-doctoral Associate (PHES) Posting Number S00951P Type of Appointment FTF; Full-Time Fixed Posting Category Professional (Non Faculty) MSU Salary Grade 600 Salary Range for Job Posting $36,000 Anticipated Employment Start Date for Position 01/04/2021 Open Date 10/13/2020 Close Date 11/13/2020 Open Until Filled Yes Advertisement Wording The OPaL Lab at Morehead State University is accepting applications for a full-time three-year Postdoctoral Associate position. The anticipated start date is January 4, 2021. Morehead State University is located in Morehead, KY, a designated Kentucky Trail Town, nestled in Daniel Boone National Forest, in close proximity to Cave Run Lake. This location provides opportunities for a wide-range of outdoor recreation activities. Additionally, Morehead State University is relatively close to a number of larger cities including Lexington, KY, Louisville, KY, and Cincinnati, OH. Morehead State University delivers a strong and affordable education for friendly, ambitious students who thrive in a student-focused learning environment defined by small class sizes and faculty committed to teaching and student success. RESPONSIBILITIES: The Postdoctoral Associate will work on an NSF-funded project reconstructing global ecosystem change across the Mid-Miocene Climatic Optimum using fungal microfossils. The goal of this position is to develop expertise in fungal palynology and use of fungal association paleoecology to build a large-scale, long-term dataset to be incorporated into climate models for the Middle Miocene. This postdoc will co-lead a Morehead State-based team of undergraduate students and collaborate directly with project leadership, including PIs Dr. Jen O’Keefe (MSU) and Dr. Matthew Pound (Northumbria University, UK), and researchers Dr. Sophie Warny (Louisiana State University) and Dr. Noelia Nuez Otao (CONICET, Diamante, Argentina), with opportunities for cross-training in climate and environmental modelling, outreach and engagement science, as well as instructional training. This project involves significant international and domestic fieldwork components, as well as outreach to primary- and middle-grades learners in collaboration with Northumbria University. The OPaL lab is committed to diversity and accessibility, training the next generation of scientists through close mentoring, and science communication. The successful applicant is expected to: Complete community analyses of fungal palynomorph assemblages present in the globally distributed study sites. Skills in palynology or mycology are strongly preferred. Participate in domestic and international fieldwork. Spanish language skills preferred but not required. Assist in database development and integration of fungal palynomorph data with existing middle Miocene climate data in support of paleoenvironmental and paleoclimatic modeling. Assist in the supervision and mentoring of undergraduate and Craft Academy students involved in the project. Communicate verbally and in writing with team scientists, collaborators, and stakeholders, including outreach efforts in classrooms and social media as well as scientific venues. Develop skill as a university instructor through participation in instructional delivery training activities and sole-teaching in the final year of the project. Participate in weekly lab meetings, project team meetings, and PHES departmental events as appropriate. Perform other reasonably-related duties as determined through a co-developed post-doctoral mentoring plan. REQUIREMENTS: of a successful applicant include: Have a PhD in geology or geography (palynology, paleoecology, paleobotany, paleontology), biology (mycology, palynology, botany), or a related discipline (e.g., agriculture, anthropology, etc.). Experience with paleoecological and paleoclimatic proxies OR with fungal biology/ecology. Experience with quantitative data analysis. Strong written and oral communication skills are required. DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Spanish language skills are desirable, but not required. Have valid US Passport. SPONSORSHIP: This position is not budgeted for Visa Sponsorship. Morehead State University is a comprehensive, regionally focused university providing high quality instruction at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The University has an enrollment of over 10,000 students. To apply, visit: and complete the MSU Application for Employment along with a letter of application, Curriculum Vita, unofficial transcripts showing completion of doctoral degree or plan for completion prior to January 1, 2021 and name and contact information for two references. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. For preferred consideration, apply by November 13, 2020. Contact the Office of Human Resources at should you have questions about our online application. Please contact Dr. Jen O’Keefe, the search committee chair, at for questions regarding this position. MSU is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Organizational Relationships This post-doctoral associate will report to the PIs of the NSF/GEO-NERC: Fungi in a Warmer World project, as well as the Department Chair of Physics, Earth Systems Science, and Space Systems Engineering. They will be in close contact with students, and perform outreach to the public. Physical Requirements Ability to complete long hours of microscopy. Ability to lift 50 lbs. Working Conditions Office Environment Classroom Environment Chemical Processing Laboratory Environment Microscopy Laboratory Environment Field Work both domestic and abroad Outreach classroom and Field situations Special Information/Instructions to Applicants Reference Requests Accept References Yes Minimum Requests 2 Maximum Requests 3