Ocean Career: University of Maine Arctic Limnology Postdoctoral Research Associate

The University of Maine (UMaine) 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.

Job Description

The Climate Change Institute at the University of Maine has an opening for a full-time Postdoctoral Research Associate in Arctic Limnology. Specifically, the research will focus on investigating the ecological implications of a rapid, coherent browning event in Greenland lakes, and placing them in the context of long-term datasets for the area and the broader context of widespread change in the Arctic. Areas of focus may include plankton ecology and/or biogeochemistry. The postdoctoral research associate will have the flexibility to develop research questions in collaboration with a team of researchers focused on this issue. Typical hiring range for this one-year, fixed-length position is $54,000 to $65,000 commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Required Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in biology or related field completed by time of appointment
  • Experience conducting research in lakes and plankton analyses.
  • Experience with standard limnological sampling methods.
  • Ability to work in a remote location for several weeks at a time.
  • Ability to backpack into remote locations with field equipment.


  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a diverse team.
  • Ability to conduct statistical analyses and develop manuscripts.

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.

Closing Date: December 15, 2023

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