Postdoctoral Research Associate

Submitted: 10/07/2024
Department: Anthropology
Institution: University of Wyoming
Job type: Postdoc
Apply by: 20/08/2024
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The University of Wyoming invites diverse applicants to consider our employment opportunities. We are also especially interested in candidates who have experience working with diverse populations and/or diverse initiatives.


Post Doctoral Research Associate – Anthropology


The Department of Anthropology at the University of Wyoming is currently hiring a post-doctoral research associate to support research at the newly created Molecular Anthropology Laboratory under the direction of Dr. Allison Mann.

The overarching research theme will be the oral microbiome in the context of tooth decay with a major focus on the impact of bacterial communities and their metabolism on differential risk for caries disease in children and adults living in the Rocky Mountain region. Post-doctoral candidates should have a strong publication record, experience analyzing next-generation sequencing data (e.g., metagenomic, metataxonomic, and/or metatranscriptomic data) and have experience using bioinformatic tools relevant to genomic and/or microbiome research. Candidates with experience using Python/R/Bash and HPC systems are particularly encouraged to apply.

This position is a 1-year fixed term appointment that can be renewed based on satisfactory performance for up to three years. The position will start on September 1st, 2024, but a later start date can be requested.


Conducts data analysis, visualization, and interpretation of microbiome data.
Writing and preparing manuscripts for publication.
Helps to manage operation of the lab and maintains a safe and productive environment.
Helps guide and mentor graduate and undergraduate students.


This position provides vital support to campus customers and requires the successful candidate be available to work on campus.


Applicants are required to have (or be expected to receive) a PhD degree or equivalent terminal degree in a suitable discipline and have the demonstrated ability, experience, and record of scholarship appropriate to carry out the functions of the position.

PhD in an appropriate field before the start of appointment.
Analytical experience in microbiome research.
Valid driver’s license with a motor vehicle record (MVR) compliant with the University Vehicle Use Policy.


Familiarity with oral microbial ecology.
Expertise in the analysis of metagenomic and/or metatranscriptomic datasets.
Bioinformatic programming and data analysis experience.
Excellent writing and communication skills.


Complete the online application and upload the following for a complete application: cover letter, resume or C.V. and contact information for four work-related references.

Applications received by 08/20/2024 will receive full consideration.


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