[ES_JOBS_NET] Postdoc position in soil biogeochemistry/microbiology at University of Tennessee

Soil Biogeochemist/Microbiologist
The Department of Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science at the
University of Tennessee, Knoxville is seeking to fill a postdoctoral
level position in Soil Biogeochemistry or Microbiology to research
the biotic and abiotic controls on soil nitrogen cycling in
agroecosystems under long-term (>30 years) experimental
treatment.  Research is field and lab based, primarily consisting of
quantifying and modeling the biological and physical mechanisms of
nitrogen retention and greenhouse gas fluxes, and is associated with
a USDA-funded project on these subjects.  The position is full time
and offers a competitive salary and benefits commensurate with
experience. The initial appointment is for 12 months, and renewable
based on performance.  A Ph.D. in Ecosystem Ecology, Soil
Microbiology, Environmental Chemistry, Microbial Ecology or similar
with a strong foundation in biogeochemistry, microbial ecology, soil
physics and chemistry is required.  Experience with any of the
following: quantitative modeling, isotope tracers, soil trace gas
measurement, and/or quantitative PCR techniques is desired. This
position requires working independently and constructively in teams
through performing original research, report writing, meeting
participation, and interdisciplinary collaboration.  Field sites
include the East and West Tennessee Research and Education Centers,
part of the UT Institute of Agriculture AgResearch network.  The
applicant will have opportunities to collaborate with scientists at
USDA-Agricultural Research Service, the Natural Resources
Conservation Service, National Soil Survey Center, and University of
Nebraska. 
Applications will be reviewed starting on April 15, 2015 and the
position will remain open until filled.  For more information on
this position, and how to apply, please contact one of the PIs: Sean
Schaeffer (sschaef5@utk.edu) or Jennifer DeBruyn
(jdebruyn@utk.edu). 
The Department is especially interested in candidates who can
contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community
through research, teaching and service. The University of Tennessee
is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action employer.

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