CSS is seeking to fill a one year postdoctoral position to work on our contract with NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) in collaboration with the National Institute of Standards and Technology at the Hollings Marine Laboratory in Charleston, SC. The project will develop and employ cutting-edge mass spectrometry-based proteomic techniques to investigate the causes of stony coral tissue loss disease (SCTLD) and identify targets of mitigation and treatment. To date, the SCTLD pandemic has infected roughly half the corals in waters off Florida. It is an infectious water-borne disease of unknown etiology with high-mortality that is quickly spreading across coral stocks. The study will include analyzing samples from diseased and healthy corals as well as the microbiome composition of the coral holobiont and surrounding environment. Utilizing state-of-the-art instrumentation at NIST Charleston (including high-resolution mass spectrometry), proteomics will be used to evaluate the molecular progression of SCTLD in different coral species and identify candidate markers of disease, while metaproteomics will be used to provide insight into changes in the microbial community composition and function with disease progression. The post-doctoral candidate should be well-versed in running LC-MS/MS and downstream metaproteomic bioinformatics pipelines. Additional expertise in metagenomics, metatranscriptomics and microbiology is beneficial but not required. We expect these results to directly inform mitigation and policy decisions related to the SCTLD outbreak, in addition to drive new hypotheses and research directions. Analytical instrumentation includes Thermo Scientific Fusion Lumos orbital trap system and a Q-Exactive orbital trap.
The research is primarily laboratory based but does have a portion of work that involves field missions to investigate coral and environmental conditions at specific locations experiencing SCTLD, domestically and internationally. The incumbent is expected to participate both technically and intellectually in the preparation of written reports of research findings and presentations when appropriate. The research will be conducted as a member of an interdisciplinary research team of scientists under the direction of the principal investigator.
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