Postdoctoral Research Associate in Microbe-Mineral Interactions 

The Briggs Geomicrobiology lab at the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) is seeking a well-qualified Postdoctoral Research Associate in Microbiology or comparable discipline. The postdoctoral researcher will be a key contributor to a multidisciplinary team of researchers studying interactions between microbes and critical minerals (e.g., rare earth elements, etc.). The candidate will contribute to development of research strategies, design and execute laboratory experiments, and perform bioinformatic analyses on microbial processes that can extract, bind, and separate critical minerals without the need for acidic conditions. The position is available immediately and is funded for 2 years by the State of Alaska. Relocation expenses can be reimbursed up to $5000.  

Experience with bioinformatics is preferred especially in the area of functional genomics but is not required. Experience in any of the following is also a positive: metabolomics, transcriptomics, metabolic flux analysis, bioreactor operation, anaerobic culturing, microbe-mineral imaging techniques, or any other systems biology related tools. If desired, the candidate will also have opportunities for field research. 

Potential candidates should send a cover letter (2-pg limit, 12-point font) and a copy of your CV to Dr. Brandon Briggs (  The cover letter should highlight 1) your excitement and scientific training in relation to the research described above, and 2) evidence of your commitment to inclusive excellence. Screening of applications will begin February 15th, 2023; however, applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate applicant pool is established.