The University of Oklahoma (OU), Norman campus, seeks to fill a full-time research scientist position in quantitative ecology and computational science to support research and educational programs in environmental microbiome/genomics/ecology. Opportunities exist for the successful candidate to participate in grant proposal development as a PI or Co-PI. She/he can also hold adjunct faculty positions within relevant academic departments such as Microbiology and Plant Biology, Biology, or Computer Science.

Competitive applicants should have a Ph.D. in computational science or related disciplines, e.g., mathematics, statistics, physics, biological or environmental engineering, ecology, microbiology, or biochemistry. The candidate should have (i) substantial knowledge/experience in modeling, ecology, microbial ecology and/or metagenomics; (ii) strong research experience and skills in various aspects of computing, including but not limited to algorithm development, predictive model design and implementation, data mining and machine learning, big data processing and management, parallel programming, computational tool/pipeline development, supercomputing, and/or cloud computing; (iii) experience in microbiome and system biology studies related to bioenergy, climate change, environment, and/or human health would be desired; (iv) excellent oral and written communication skills and a demonstrated ability to interact and collaborate with other scientists and students; (v) experience in proposal development, plant-microbe interaction research, engineering, or field experiment design and management are preferable, although not required.

Application Process.  Confidential review of applications will begin on May 14, 2021, and continue until the position is filled. Interested individuals are invited to send a letter of application describing their capabilities, a current curriculum vitae, a description of research interests and accomplishments, and the names and contact information for at least three references. To apply, please visit the University’s Human Resources website at and search for search listings for requisition Scientist/Researcher IV - Job Number: 211078. ALL APPLICANTS MUST APPLY ONLINE. Inquiries should be directed to: Dr. Jizhong (Joe) Zhou (  or Daliang Ning (, the Institute for Environmental Genomics at OU (

The University of Oklahoma is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and encourages diversity in the workplace. Protected veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. See for more information.  


Application deadline: Open until filled
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Location: Institute for Environmental Genomics, The University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK