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Postdoctoral Research Associate (id:79976)

University of Maine

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Postdoctoral Research Associate (id:79976)


School of Food and Agriculture - OSFA



Orono ME

The University of Maine Agroecology Lab is seeking a postdoctoral researcher to assist with research activities, manuscript and grant preparation, and graduate and undergraduate student mentorship. This is a one-year, grant funded position. Extension of the position is possible, contingent on funding and performance. Typical hiring salary for this position is $55,000.


Complete Job Description

The University of Maine is a community of more than 11,900 undergraduate and graduate students, and 2,500 employees located on the Orono campus, the regional campus in Machias, and throughout the state. UMaine is a land, sea and space grant university, and maintains a leadership role as the University of Maine System's flagship institution. UMaine  is the state's public research university and a Carnegie R1 top-tier research institution, dedicated to providing excellent teaching, research and service for Maine, the nation and the world. More information about UMaine is at umaine.edu . 


The University of Maine offers a wide range of benefits  for employees including, but not limited to, tuition benefits (employee and dependent), comprehensive insurance coverage including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, and short and long term disability as well as retirement plan options. As a former NSF ADVANCE institution, the University of Maine is committed to diversity in our workforce and to dual-career couples.


UMaine is located in beautiful Central Maine. Many employees report that a primary reason for choosing to come to UMaine is quality of life. Numerous cultural activities, excellent public schools, safe neighborhoods, high quality medical care, little traffic, and a reasonable cost of living make the greater Bangor area a wonderful place to live. Learn more about what the Bangor region has to offer here .


Employees in the University of Maine System are required to comply with UMS COVID protocols which currently include, but are not limited to, being vaccinated, obtaining a qualified vaccination exemption, and/or participating in regular COVID testing. Further information can be found on our Together for Maine website .


  • A PhD degree in a relevant field (e.g., agriculture, agroecology, soil science or other related field)
  • 1-3 years of experience in laboratory, fieldwork, or social science research
  • Experience working collaboratively and independently
  • Expert-level command of word processing and spreadsheets
  • Ability to learn new lab and field techniques quickly, both with guidance and in a self-taught capacity


  • Experience with scientific data management
  • Experience with scientific computing using R and/or Python
  • Experience with qualitative data analysis using NVivo or similar software
  • Grant writing experience
  • Manuscript writing experience
  • Science communication experience, including outreach to non-scientific audiences

Materials must be submitted via "Apply For Position" below. You will need to create a profile and application; upload:


1.) a cover letter which describes your experience, interests, and suitability for the position
2.) a resume/curriculum vitae
3.) contact information for three professional references


You will also need to submit the affirmative action survey, the self-identification of disability form, and the self-identification of veteran status forms. Incomplete application materials cannot be considered. Materials received after the initial review date will be reviewed at the discretion of the University.


Search Timeline is as follows:
Review of applications to begin: January 11, 2023
Interviews to begin no earlier than: January 30, 2023
Tentative start date: May 1, 2023


For questions about the search, please contact search committee chair Rachel Schattman at rachel.schattman@maine.edu or 207-581-2913.


Appropriate background checks are required.


The University of Maine is an EEO/AA institution and does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender expression, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, genetic information or veteran’s status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Director of Equal Opportunity, 101 Boudreau Hall, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469-5754, 207.581.1226, TTY 711 (Maine Relay System).

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