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    Mendenhall Research Fellowship - Research Opportunity # S32. Characterization of cyanobacteria that lead to Harmful Algal Blooms

    Understanding cyanobacterial harmful algal blooms (cyanoHABs) requires reliable scientific information on the species present in a bloom, genetic information on their capacity to produce cyanotoxins and the environmental ques that cause a species to initiate the cyanotoxin synthesis process (Pearson and Neilan, 2008, Davis et al. 2009, Burford et al. 2014, Pacheco et. al. 2016, Rosen et al., 2017). Traditional methods for identifying cyanobacteria relied exclusively on morphological characteristics (Anagnostidis and Komárek 1985). The advent of genetic sequencing has led to a polyphasic approach that removes some of the ambiguity that is derived from overlapping morphological features (Zapomělová et al. 2009, Komárek et al. 2014, Komárek 2016). Combining proper taxonomic assignment of organisms with their genetic information and actual toxin production, provides the foundation for advancing the understand of cyanoHABs and their potential impact on society (ecosystems and humans).

    Proposed Duty Station: Orlando, Florida

    Areas of Ph.D.: Phycology, microbial genetics, phytoplankton culturing, biology (candidates holding a Ph.D. in other disciplines but with knowledge and skills relevant to the Research Opportunity may be considered).

    Qualifications: Applicants must meet one of the following qualifications: Research Biologist; Research Ecologist; Research Microbiologist

    (This type of research is performed by those who have backgrounds for the occupations stated above. However, other titles may be applicable depending on the applicant's background, education, and research proposal. The final classification of the position will be made by the Human Resources Specialist.)


    Physical/Environmental Demands:  Work is usually performed in an office setting. The work area: Normally involves everyday risks or discomforts that require normal safety precautions typical of offices or meeting and training rooms; or May involve occasional exposure to a laboratory that involves risks and hazards that require safety precautions.  The employee applies a wide range of safety precautions when controlled conditions deteriorate due to unforeseen conditions or previously unknown risks. 

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Overnight travel of 1 to 5 nights per month may be required.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


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