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Postdoctoral Fellow
University of Texas at Austin in Austin, Texas
 
 
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Date Posted 06/16/2021
Category
Admin-Other Administrative Positions
Employment Type FullTime
Application Deadline Open until filled
 
 
 
 
 

Job Posting Title:

Postdoctoral Fellow

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Hiring Department:

Department of Integrative Biology

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Position Open To:

All Applicants

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Weekly Scheduled Hours:

40

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FLSA Status:

Exempt

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Earliest Start Date:

Sep 01, 2021

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Position Duration:

Expected to Continue Until Aug 31, 2022

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Location:

UT MAIN CAMPUS

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Job Description:

Stories of Ancient Resilience (SOAR), A Flagship Project of the Planet Texas 2050 Bridging Barriers Grand Challenge, seeks an outstanding postdoctoral fellow to contribute to the acquisition and analysis of ancient DNA from human and animal remains in the new ancient DNA laboratory at the University of Texas at Austin.
We seek candidates with a strong background in sampling, extracting, and analyzing ancient DNA using next generation sequencing technology. Prior experience working with human and/or animal remains is required. Prior experience in isotope geochemistry and archaeology are preferred, and the ideal candidate will have experience synthesizing and integrating genetic data with other archaeological, paleontological, or geochemical data types.
SOAR is an interdisciplinary, diverse group of researchers spanning various research units at UT Austin, with several external research partners. SOAR integrates quantitative scientific methods, qualitative results of archaeological and historical investigations and non-Western ways of knowing to explore past mobility and resource management at times of stress. The team aims to challenge existing narratives about societal resilience and develop new ways of thinking about how resilience can be fostered equitably in the future. SOAR incorporates a specific focus on equity, and seeks to co-develop research with multiple stakeholder groups, including Indigenous communities. We are committed to the ethical treatment of human and animal remains and to research partnerships that are attentive to the needs of all participants.
The researcher will work primarily under the supervision and mentorship of Dr. Melissa Kemp in the Department of Integrative Biology but will also work closely with Dr. Dan Breecker (Geological Sciences), Dr. Sheryl Luzzadder-Beach (Geography and Environment), and Dr. Adam Rabinowitz (Classics), as well as several colleagues at UT and other institutions who are part of the SOAR flagship project.

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Job Details:


General Notes

The initial assignment is for one year from initial hire date, renewable for additional one-year periods based on performance and funding acquisition.

Security sensitive; criminal background checks conducted on selected candidate. Hiring decision is contingent upon applicant clearing background requirements


Responsibilities

  • Contribute to the management and development of the ancient DNA laboratory at the University of Texas at Austin.

  • Sample, extract, and analyze ancient DNA from human and animal skeletal remains using established and new methodologies.

  • Contribute to the management of the SOAR research group through organizing meetings and assisting with grant and manuscript writing.

  • Prepare and deliver presentations on research outputs/activities to various audiences, including: research sponsors, academic audiences, and non-academic audiences.

  • Assist with the development of research objectives and proposals.

  • Train peers, visitors, and students in research techniques.


Required Qualifications

  • PhD received within three years in Biology, Biochemistry, Genetics, Anthropology, Archaeology or a related discipline.

  • Experience in sampling and extracting ancient DNA from human and/or animal remains, and observance of ethical handling and sampling procedures.

  • Experience preparing, amplifying, and quantifying ancient DNA libraries and preparation of samples for high throughput sequencing

  • Experience analyzing high throughput sequencing data using bioinformatic tools.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Lab experience in isotope geochemistry.

  • Lab and/or field experience in archaeology, zooarchaeology, and/or paleontology.

  • Experience synthesizing and integrating genomic data with archaeological and/or paleontological data, including isotopic data.


Salary Range

$50,000 + depending on qualifications

Working Conditions

  • Uniforms and/or personal protection equipment (furnished)

  • May work around chemical fumes

  • May work around standard office conditions

  • May work around biohazards

  • May work around chemicals

  • Repetitive use of a keyboard at a workstation

  • Use of manual dexterity

  • Climbing of stairs

  • Climbing of ladders

  • Lifting and moving


Work Shift

  • Flexible: 40 hours/week is required, and most of this time should be during normal business hours (e.g., 9:00am-5:00pm), although numbers of hours/day and days/week can be negotiated and may change depending on what projects are being pursued.


Required Materials

  • CV

  • PhD verification (Examples of official documentation of the degree include: Copy of diploma (preferred) or official English translation of diploma, Copy of a letter of completion on letterhead from the office of the registrar or graduate office confirming completion of degree requirements, Copy of official transcript in English with "degree awarded" information.)

  • 3 work references with their contact information; at least one reference should be from a supervisor

  • Letter of interest

Important for applicants who are NOT current university employees or contingent workers: You will be prompted to submit your resume the first time you apply, then you will be provided an option to upload a new Resume for subsequent applications. Any additional Required Materials (letter of interest, references, etc.) will be uploaded in the Application Questions section; you will be able to multi-select additional files. Before submitting your online job application, ensure that ALL Required Materials have been uploaded.  Once your job application has been submitted, you cannot make changes.

Important for Current university employees and contingent workers: As a current university employee or contingent worker, you MUST apply within Workday by searching for Find UT Jobs. If you are a current University employee, log-in to Workday, navigate to your Worker Profile, click the Career link in the left hand navigation menu and then update the sections in your Professional Profile before you apply. This information will be pulled in to your application. The application is one page and you will be prompted to upload your resume. In addition, you must respond to the application questions presented to upload any additional Required Materials (letter of interest, references, etc.) that were noted above.

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Employment Eligibility:

Please make sure you meet all the required qualifications and you can perform all of the essential functions with or without a reasonable accommodation.

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Retirement Plan Eligibility:

The retirement plan for this position is Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS), subject to the position being at least 20 hours per week and at least 135 days in length. This position has the option to elect the Optional Retirement Program (ORP) instead of TRS, subject to the position being 40 hours per week and at least 135 days in length.

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Background Checks:

A criminal history background check will be required for finalist(s) under consideration for this position.

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Equal Opportunity Employer:

The University of Texas at Austin, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer , complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

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Pay Transparency:

The University of Texas at Austin will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information.

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Employment Eligibility Verification:

If hired, you will be required to complete the federal Employment Eligibility Verification I-9 form.  You will be required to present acceptable and original documents to prove your identity and authorization to work in the United States.  Documents need to be presented no later than the third day of employment.  Failure to do so will result in loss of employment at the university.

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E-Verify:

The University of Texas at Austin use E-Verify to check the work authorization of all new hires effective May 2015. The university’s company ID number for purposes of E-Verify is 854197. For more information about E-Verify, please see the following:

  • E-Verify Poster (English) [PDF]
  • E-Verify Poster (Spanish) [PDF]
  • Right To Work Poster (English) [PDF]
  • Right To Work Poster (Spanish) [PDF]

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Compliance:

Employees may be required to report violations of law under Title IX and the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act). If this position is identified a Campus Security Authority (Clery Act), you will be notified and provided resources for reporting. Responsible employees under Title IX are defined and outlined in HOP-3031 .

The Clery Act requires all prospective employees be notified of the availability of the Annual Security and Fire Safety report. You may access the 2020 report here or obtain a copy at University Compliance Services, 1616 Guadalupe, Suite UTA 2.206, Austin, TX 78701.



Job Posting Title:

Postdoctoral Fellow

----

Hiring Department:

Department of Integrative Biology

----

Position Open To:

All Applicants

----

Weekly Scheduled Hours:

40

----

FLSA Status:

Exempt

----

Earliest Start Date:

Sep 01, 2021

----

Position Duration:

Expected to Continue Until Aug 31, 2022

----

Location:

UT MAIN CAMPUS

----

Job Description:

Stories of Ancient Resilience (SOAR), A Flagship Project of the Planet Texas 2050 Bridging Barriers Grand Challenge, seeks an outstanding postdoctoral fellow to contribute to the acquisition and analysis of ancient DNA from human and animal remains in the new ancient DNA laboratory at the University of Texas at Austin.
We seek candidates with a strong background in sampling, extracting, and analyzing ancient DNA using next generation sequencing technology. Prior experience working with human and/or animal remains is required. Prior experience in isotope geochemistry and archaeology are preferred, and the ideal candidate will have experience synthesizing and integrating genetic data with other archaeological, paleontological, or geochemical data types.
SOAR is an interdisciplinary, diverse group of researchers spanning various research units at UT Austin, with several external research partners. SOAR integrates quantitative scientific methods, qualitative results of archaeological and historical investigations and non-Western ways of knowing to explore past mobility and resource management at times of stress. The team aims to challenge existing narratives about societal resilience and develop new ways of thinking about how resilience can be fostered equitably in the future. SOAR incorporates a specific focus on equity, and seeks to co-develop research with multiple stakeholder groups, including Indigenous communities. We are committed to the ethical treatment of human and animal remains and to research partnerships that are attentive to the needs of all participants.
The researcher will work primarily under the supervision and mentorship of Dr. Melissa Kemp in the Department of Integrative Biology but will also work closely with Dr. Dan Breecker (Geological Sciences), Dr. Sheryl Luzzadder-Beach (Geography and Environment), and Dr. Adam Rabinowitz (Classics), as well as several colleagues at UT and other institutions who are part of the SOAR flagship project.

----

Job Details:


General Notes

The initial assignment is for one year from initial hire date, renewable for additional one-year periods based on performance and funding acquisition.

Security sensitive; criminal background checks conducted on selected candidate. Hiring decision is contingent upon applicant clearing background requirements


Responsibilities

  • Contribute to the management and development of the ancient DNA laboratory at the University of Texas at Austin.

  • Sample, extract, and analyze ancient DNA from human and animal skeletal remains using established and new methodologies.

  • Contribute to the management of the SOAR research group through organizing meetings and assisting with grant and manuscript writing.

  • Prepare and deliver presentations on research outputs/activities to various audiences, including: research sponsors, academic audiences, and non-academic audiences.

  • Assist with the development of research objectives and proposals.

  • Train peers, visitors, and students in research techniques.


Required Qualifications

  • PhD received within three years in Biology, Biochemistry, Genetics, Anthropology, Archaeology or a related discipline.

  • Experience in sampling and extracting ancient DNA from human and/or animal remains, and observance of ethical handling and sampling procedures.

  • Experience preparing, amplifying, and quantifying ancient DNA libraries and preparation of samples for high throughput sequencing

  • Experience analyzing high throughput sequencing data using bioinformatic tools.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Lab experience in isotope geochemistry.

  • Lab and/or field experience in archaeology, zooarchaeology, and/or paleontology.

  • Experience synthesizing and integrating genomic data with archaeological and/or paleontological data, including isotopic data.


Salary Range

$50,000 + depending on qualifications

Working Conditions

  • Uniforms and/or personal protection equipment (furnished)

  • May work around chemical fumes

  • May work around standard office conditions

  • May work around biohazards

  • May work around chemicals

  • Repetitive use of a keyboard at a workstation

  • Use of manual dexterity

  • Climbing of stairs

  • Climbing of ladders

  • Lifting and moving


Work Shift

  • Flexible: 40 hours/week is required, and most of this time should be during normal business hours (e.g., 9:00am-5:00pm), although numbers of hours/day and days/week can be negotiated and may change depending on what projects are being pursued.


Required Materials

  • CV

  • PhD verification (Examples of official documentation of the degree include: Copy of diploma (preferred) or official English translation of diploma, Copy of a letter of completion on letterhead from the office of the registrar or graduate office confirming completion of degree requirements, Copy of official transcript in English with "degree awarded" information.)

  • 3 work references with their contact information; at least one reference should be from a supervisor

  • Letter of interest

Important for applicants who are NOT current university employees or contingent workers: You will be prompted to submit your resume the first time you apply, then you will be provided an option to upload a new Resume for subsequent applications. Any additional Required Materials (letter of interest, references, etc.) will be uploaded in the Application Questions section; you will be able to multi-select additional files. Before submitting your online job application, ensure that ALL Required Materials have been uploaded.  Once your job application has been submitted, you cannot make changes.

Important for Current university employees and contingent workers: As a current university employee or contingent worker, you MUST apply within Workday by searching for Find UT Jobs. If you are a current University employee, log-in to Workday, navigate to your Worker Profile, click the Career link in the left hand navigation menu and then update the sections in your Professional Profile before you apply. This information will be pulled in to your application. The application is one page and you will be prompted to upload your resume. In addition, you must respond to the application questions presented to upload any additional Required Materials (letter of interest, references, etc.) that were noted above.

----

Employment Eligibility:

Please make sure you meet all the required qualifications and you can perform all of the essential functions with or without a reasonable accommodation.

----

Retirement Plan Eligibility:

The retirement plan for this position is Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS), subject to the position being at least 20 hours per week and at least 135 days in length. This position has the option to elect the Optional Retirement Program (ORP) instead of TRS, subject to the position being 40 hours per week and at least 135 days in length.

----

Background Checks:

A criminal history background check will be required for finalist(s) under consideration for this position.

----

Equal Opportunity Employer:

The University of Texas at Austin, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer , complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

----

Pay Transparency:

The University of Texas at Austin will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information.

----

Employment Eligibility Verification:

If hired, you will be required to complete the federal Employment Eligibility Verification I-9 form.  You will be required to present acceptable and original documents to prove your identity and authorization to work in the United States.  Documents need to be presented no later than the third day of employment.  Failure to do so will result in loss of employment at the university.

----

E-Verify:

The University of Texas at Austin use E-Verify to check the work authorization of all new hires effective May 2015. The university’s company ID number for purposes of E-Verify is 854197. For more information about E-Verify, please see the following:

  • E-Verify Poster (English) [PDF]
  • E-Verify Poster (Spanish) [PDF]
  • Right To Work Poster (English) [PDF]
  • Right To Work Poster (Spanish) [PDF]

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Compliance:

Employees may be required to report violations of law under Title IX and the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act). If this position is identified a Campus Security Authority (Clery Act), you will be notified and provided resources for reporting. Responsible employees under Title IX are defined and outlined in HOP-3031 .

The Clery Act requires all prospective employees be notified of the availability of the Annual Security and Fire Safety report. You may access the 2020 report here or obtain a copy at University Compliance Services, 1616 Guadalupe, Suite UTA 2.206, Austin, TX 78701.


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