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JOB TITLE                           Postdoctoral Fellow in Mercury Chemistry/Transport
JOB ID                                 7203
LOCATION                           John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY
FULL / PART TIME                Full-Time

The Mercury Laboratory at John Jay College of the City University of New York ( is seeking a highly dynamic and professional individual to serve as Postdoctoral Fellow and Student Research Mentor for a position currently funded for 1 year.  

The Mercury Laboratory has as its primary focus the investigation of the kinetics and mechanism of mercury reduction and transport in the environment. The laboratory has contributed significant advances in understanding the biogeochemical cycle of mercury in soils; see for recent lab publications.

Under the general supervision of the Senior Scientist, the postdoctoral fellow will perform simple-to-very-complex research, investigation, and analytic activities. Performs many activities independently, with varying degrees of supervision depending on the scope and complexity of the project, the assignment, or the qualifications of the incumbent. Will mentor undergraduate students on specific research projects. Writes proposals and abstracts. Recruits and interviews for laboratory operations.

Performs research activities, records observations, and interprets results, using established protocols; assists with complex activities; assists in gathering, providing, and interpreting information for routine reports. May be assigned substantial independent responsibility for major or complex portions of a research project. Provides professional support to the Senior Scientist, including drafting project reports, making presentations, meeting with sponsors, and organizing intellectual exchanges with other researchers/scholars in person or via telecommunications.
•    Trains new employees in routine processes; 
•    Works with technical staff and other research staff to coordinate projects; ensures the safe operation of equipment and the effective completion of assignments by following protocols and accurately documenting research findings and progress; 
•    Consults with other researchers and authorities in the field as appropriate; 
•    Assists in planning meetings, conferences, web-based communication etc.; Maintains confidentiality as required by the project or as directed by supervisors; 
•    Assists in designing measures, sampling techniques, and instruments to measure results; follows protocols for gathering qualitative and/or quantitative data, coding data or information, constructing data bases using specified technology, analyzing data, maintaining data security, and archiving data as needed; 
•    Keeps accurate, well-organized records; 
•    Performs the duties of lower level positions as needed; performs other duties as assigned.  
John Jay College of Criminal Justice, a senior college of the City University of New York (CUNY), is a public liberal arts college that enriches the entire learning experience by highlighting themes of justice across the arts, sciences, humanities, and social sciences. Located steps from Lincoln Center at the cultural heart of New York City, the college offers bachelors and masters degrees and participates in the doctoral programs of the Graduate School of the City University of New York. Under the leadership of its fourth president, Jeremy Travis, the college has experienced unprecedented faculty hiring, an expansion of its curricular offerings, and the opening in 2011 of a new 600,000 square foot building with state-of-the-art research space for students and faculty and a variety of virtual learning settings. 

Intellectual strength in the area of mercury transport, chemistry, and /or biogeochemistry as evidenced by areas of study, teaching, publication and/or research background; knowledge of cutting-edge research in the field; 
•    Ability to comprehend and act on assignments of varying complexity; 
•    Ability to handle multiple assignments; 
•    Ability to work on a team as well as independently; 
•    Ability to use effectively all research equipment and devices standard to the field; ability to use and manage web-based technology, as needed. 
•    Ability to troubleshoot analytical instruments including, but not limited to, mercury analyzers. 
•    Ability to perform mechanical and software setup and update of laboratory instruments and devices.  
•    Ability to operate in the computer/statistical environment of the research project 
•    Ability and experience authoring or co-authoring reports and papers of substantial complexity; when assigned, ability to organize and participate in colloquia, symposia, presentations of reports, demonstrations, performances, etc. consistent with the scope and nature of the project and the requirements of the sponsor; 
•    Ability to exercise intellectual leadership in anticipating and resolving research issues; 
•    Ability to supervise and mentor high school students, undergraduate, graduate, and laboratory personnel.  
•    Ability to communicate effectively with and convey complex concepts, intricate processes, and sophisticated statistical findings to other researchers, supervisors, students, sponsors, administrators, and, when appropriate, the public; ability to listen and respond to the concerns/ideas of others; 
•    Knowledge of protocols for safe conduct of research, including but not limited to the handling of toxic substances, the study of human subjects, and establishment of safety reporting procedures. 

An earned Ph.D. in an appropriate field of study from an accredited institution; and a record of research, publications, and scholarship in a related field.
Intellectual strength and experience as evidenced in progressively responsible research experience, publications in the field, and/or other accomplishments (e.g. significant participation in important inventions, artistic endeavors, etc.). 
Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications, but expected to be in the range of $38,000-42,000.
RFCUNY offers a comprehensive benefits package to employees and eligible dependents based on job title and classification. Employees are also offered a pension.
Interested candidates should send a cover letter detailing their interest and experience relevant to the position, curriculum vitae, and the names of three references to:
Anthony Carpi, Ph.D.
c/o Patricia Samperi
John Jay College, CUNY
524 West 59th Street
New York, NY 10019 

  June 21, 2015
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