Bates College

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Environmental Studies

Environmental Studies

Bates College seeks a Postdoctoral Research Associate to become a key collaborator in a cross-state interdisciplinary project using robotics, traditional limnological sampling, high-frequency data, and machine learning to predict cyanobacterial blooms. This person will coordinate fieldwork and laboratory analyses across multiple sites and labs and work with and facilitate the participation of people with a variety of educational backgrounds and experience. Substantive engagement with issues of equity, inclusion, access, anti-racism, and diversity in STEM will be expected, and persons with demonstrated success working with historically underrepresented and marginalized people are strongly encouraged to apply. The postdoc will be involved in Environmental Studies Programs at both Bates and Colby Colleges and will have access to workshops on teaching development, inclusive practices in STEM, and funded opportunities to attend research conferences and whole-team meetings.

The initial appointment is for one year with an additional year or two dependent upon performance and funding.


Doctorate in environmental science, ecology, or a related field. Doctorate in data or computer science or related field considered if experience also includes familiarity with ecological research and limnological data sets and demonstrated ability to perform needed tasks. Degree by March 2021 preferred; ABD considered.

  • Strong background in limnology, ecology, or analysis of large ecological data sets.
  • Prior work with a collaborative team.
  • Demonstrated commitment to issues of equity and inclusion.
  • Facility in Microsoft Office and Google Suite
  • Some familiarity with common analytical programs such as R, JMP, MATLAB, or GIS, or a formal language such as Python required. Familiarity with reference management software preferred.
  • Prior work with large data sets or modeling preferred.
  • Familiarity with field practices, laboratory analyses, and data of limnological research.
  • Excellent organizational and logistical practices for field, laboratory, and data activities.
  • Exceptional communication (written, verbal, and presentation) required.
  • Awareness of issues of power and privilege and some of the ways these may influence both situations and interpersonal interactions. Willingness and ability to intercede as necessary to maintain opportunities for students from underrepresented groups.
  • Ability to center inclusive research and anti-racist practices.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with ability to develop and maintain collegial relationships as part of a research team. Must be flexible and collaborative and have a positive attitude. A sense of humor is appreciated.
  • Ability to work with a high level of independence to handle multiple research priorities and exercise judgement within defined research expectations and objectives.
  • Willingness to work around water and boats (canoes and pontoon boats).
  • Stamina sufficient for an entire day of field or laboratory work (with breaks). Work might involve lifting coolers with samples or boats, so strength sufficient to do this without injury matters.

Application Instructions

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references. This position requires the successful completion of a pre-employment background screening. Review of applications begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled. (References will not be contacted without your permission.)

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Last updated: 2020-12-22