[ECOLOG-L] Postdoc position: soil microbial ecology

Postdoctoral Research Associate: Soil Microbial Ecology

A postdoctoral research associate position is available at Michigan State
University, in the lab of Dr. Lisa Tiemann. I am seeking a highly motivated
individual to work on a funded project focused on 1) understanding the
genetic controls on bacterial extracellular polysaccharide production and;
2) how extracellular polysaccharides contribute to soil organic matter

The positions will include the following activities: Molecular work
including DNA and RNA extraction, high-throughput quantitative-PCR, and
sample preparation for amplicon sequencing; isolation and lab incubations of
Pseudomonas species; data analysis and manuscript preparation; presentation
of results at national and international scientific meetings. In addition,
the research associate will assist with some lab organization and mentoring
of graduate and undergraduate students. The successful candidates must have
a Ph.D. with a research focus in soil ecology, microbiology,
biogeochemistry, or a closely related field with preference given to those
with experience in molecular methods. Strong candidates will also possess
the following attributes: A strong publication record from their Ph.D.
(papers published, in press, or submitted); creativity, independence, and
the desire to learn new things; excellent communication skills, both written
and oral.

This is a 2-year position contingent upon funding and/or performance. A
start date of September 1, 2015 is preferred, but alternative timelines will
be considered and should be noted in the cover letter. All questions about
the position and application materials should be submitted to ltiemann@msu.edu.

Applications should include a single pdf containing:
1) a brief cover letter (no more than 2-pages) that highlights past research
accomplishments and describes future research goals;
2) a curriculum vitae;
3) names and contact information for three references.

MSU is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

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