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Research Associate - Hom Lab (Biology)


University, MS, US, 38677

Department:  Biology (10000832)
Employee Designation:  Regular Full-time (Benefits Eligible)
Job Information

The Hom Lab at the University of Mississippi is seeking a dedicated, full-time Research Associate (RA) to assist with research and publications, the supervision and support of students, and overall lab management. The RA will primarily lead a NSF CAREER-funded project on experimentally coevolving model fungal-algal mutualisms, but also have with opportunities to be involved in several projects in our eclectic research portfolio (


The successful candidate must be self-motivated and a self-starter, highly disciplined and organized, able to effectively multitask, and have an attestable record of productivity and working well with others. The candidate should have demonstrated experience working with microbes (fungi and algae are a plus) and be enthusiastic about learning/developing new techniques, approaches, and research areas. Experience in molecular genetics, next-gen sequencing/bioinformatics, and/or 3Dprinting/device-tinkering are pluses. Expected commitment is for at least two years, with an initial one-year term with review, and the potential to renew for up to five years depending on annual performance.


Our lab is generally interested in understanding how biotic and abiotic factors dovetail to facilitate the formation, persistence, and evolution of species interactions, notably those that are symbiotic. We are particularly fond of studying associations involving fungi, algae, and cyanobacteria, and take a twopronged approach towards understanding how microbes interact to form stable, functioning communities. In one approach, we create new ecosystems of interacting microbes (synthetic ecology) to test our predictive understanding of basic design principles in microbial ecology. In a complementary approach, we focus on dissecting, manipulating, and observing reduced microbial communities (polycultures) isolated from nature to infer fundamental rules. Our lab is passionate about STEM education and outreach to individuals and communities in underserved/disadvantaged contexts, while pushing forward an innovative and world-class research program.


The University of Mississippi is located in Oxford, MS, an idyllic and growing college town about 1 hr south of Memphis, TN. In addition to SEC sports, a famous tailgating culture at “The Grove,” and a rich Southern culinary scene, Oxford is home to a vibrant music, arts, and literary community with strong historic ties to William Faulkner and The Blues. Ours is a very livable city with a small town feel for those who value work-life balance, community, and proximity to the countryside.

Minimum Education/Experience

B.A./B.S. or higher at the time of start.

Application Information

To formally apply, visit and search “Hom Lab” for an online application and to submit application materials. Candidates should be prepared to upload: (1) a cover letter explaining specific interest in and fit for the position, (2) a detailed CV, (3) names and contact information for at least 3 references, and (4) optional files to support their application (e.g., publication reprints). Compensation will depend on experience and will include health and retirement benefits. For informal questions/inquiries only, contact Erik Hom at:


Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. We seek to fill this position as soon as possible but are willing wait for the right candidate. We warmly invite applications from women and others from diverse, non-majority backgrounds to apply.

EEO Statement

The University of Mississippi complies with all applicable laws regarding equal opportunity and affirmative action and does not unlawfully discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran status or genetic information.

Background Check Statement

The University of Mississippi is committed to providing a safe campus community. UM conducts background investigations for applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial (credit) report or driving history check.

Nearest Major Market: Oxford Mississippi