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Postdoctoral Research Associate in Wildlife Disease Genomics (id:80141)

University of Maine

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Postdoctoral Research Associate in Wildlife Disease Genomics (id:80141)


School of Food and Agriculture - OSFA



Orono ME

A postdoctoral research position is available in the Wildlife Disease Genetics Laboratory at the University of Maine to examine the causes and risk factors of pneumonia-related mortality, including relationships with chronic wasting disease, in white-tailed deer. The postdoc will join an interdisciplinary team to integrate metagenomics sequence data with pathology and ecological data, using bioinformatics and statistical modeling approaches. They will work closely with the PI (Dr. Pauline Kamath), as well as collaborators at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, the University of Wisconsin, and the US Geological Survey. Funding is available for 1 year (renewable up to 2 years, depending on funding availability and successful performance). Typical hiring range for this soft-money funded, fixed-length position is $48,000 - $50,000  commensurate with experience and qualifications. 


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 .


  • Ph.D. (or equivalent) in ecology, evolution, epidemiology, microbiology, genomics, or related discipline by the start date of the appointment.
  • Strong quantitative and writing skills.
  • Experience in applying genetic approaches to ecological datasets.


  • Strong publication record in disease ecology and evolution.
  • Demonstrated skills in genomics, bioinformatics, and statistical analyses.
  • Experience in laboratory or project management.
  • Experience working in diverse collaborative teams.
  • Experience in mentoring students.

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: February 13, 2023
Screening interviews to begin no earlier than: February 20, 2023
On-site interviews to begin no earlier than: February 27, 2023
Tentative start date: March 13, 2023


For questions about the search, please contact search committee chair Pauline Kamath at pauline.kamath@maine.edu or 207-581-2935.


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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