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Positions Available

The University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for two postdoctoral researchers to join the Sison-Mangus Lab and Kudela Lab in the study of harmful algal bloom species using molecular approaches and the utilization of the Imaging Flow Cytobot (IFCB). The successful applicant will join the PCARI-funded research group to study the HABs ecology in the Philippine coastal waters.

Position title: 

Postdoctoral Scholar 

Salary range: Commensurate with qualifications and experience. Minimum annual salary rates are based on the individual’s Experience Level, determined by the number of months of postdoctoral service at any institution. See the current salary scale for Postdoctoral Titles at

Percent time: Full-time (100%)

Anticipated start: As soon as possible after the initial review of the applications. Ph.D. must be available at the time of the initial appointment. The individual selected for the position must be able to meet eligibility requirements for work in the United States by the start date and continue working legally for the proposed term of employment.

Position duration: Postdoctoral Scholar appointments are full-time; the initial appointment is for a minimum of 6 months, with the possibility of reappointment. Reappointment will be contingent upon a positive performance review and availability of funding. The total duration of an individual’s postdoctoral service may not exceed five years, including postdoctoral service at any institution. Under limited circumstances, an exception to this limit may be considered not to exceed a sixth year.

Application Window

Open date: June 23, 2022

Review date: 

July 31, 2022, at 11:59 PM (Pacific Time) 

Final date:  August 30, 2022, at 11:59 PM (Pacific Time). Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The Institute of Marine Sciences at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for two Postdoctoral Scholars in the Sison-Mangus Lab and Kudela Lab. The first Postdoctoral Scholar will work on developing molecular biomarkers to detect harmful algal bloom species coming from the Philippines waters. The applicant is expected to be familiar with the following suite of approaches: PCR, and qPCR, fluorescent in-situ hybridization, flow cytometry, genomics/transcriptomics. The second postdoctoral scholar will work on the usage and maintenance of IFCB, including building an algal species library for Philippine HABs species, a machine learning approach for the automated algal classification, and the production of a user manual for IFCB field deployment and analysis. The research project involves an educational component which includes developing manuals and workshop materials to be used for the training of Filipino scientists. Willingness to do a two-week trip to the Philippines each year to help with the training workshop is also expected. Additional analysis may include manuscript preparation, management, and analysis of significant environmental datasets and statistical analysis.

Applicants with expertise or have experience in any of the following areas are strongly encouraged to apply:

Postdoctoral Position 1:

Application of molecular biology techniques in HABs (PCR, qPCR, FISH, sequence analysis)

Phytoplankton genomics or transcriptomics

Bioinformatics- experience with amplicon sequence analysis, genomics/transcriptomics analysis.

Cultivation-based studies of HABs species

Ecology of HABs

Postdoctoral Position 2:

HABs sampling and enumeration

Familiarity with HABs species

Classification of algal images using a machine learning approach

Investigation of plankton dynamics in coastal waters

Ecology of HABs

The research will center around the study of HABs ecology in tropical waters. The collaboration between UCSC and the Philippines scientists aims to transfer, adapt and localize U.S. HABs methodologies to help monitor and mitigate HABs in Philippine coastal communities. For more information about the research of each respective lab, please see:

Kudela Lab:

Sison-Mangus Lab:


Basic Qualifications (required at time of application)

See additional qualifications which must be met at the time of initial appointment.

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

Ph.D. (or equivalent foreign degree) in biological oceanography, oceanography, biology, ecology, microbial ecology, or a similar discipline.

Application Requirements

Document requirements

Curriculum Vitae – Your most recently updated C.V. must include a list of two professional references, their contact information, and a complete list of publications (publications can be in preparation).

Cover Letter – Letter of application that briefly summarizes your qualifications and interest in the position.

To submit your application materials, or if you have any questions about this announcement, please email Dr. Marilou Sison-Mangus (

Campus Information

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Job location

Santa Cruz, California