[ECOLOG-L] JOB: Postdoc – Biogeochemistry and Stable Isotope Ecology

A postdoctoral research associate position is available at Michigan State
University to work on a U.S. Department of Energy funded project in the lab
of Dr. Lisa Tiemann, (http://ift.tt/1UyqtTR) collaborating with Drs.
Sarah Evans, Maren Friesen and James Cole (project website:
http://ift.tt/1XZuvlK). The labs involved in this project work
across several departments including Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences,
Integrative Biology and Plant Biology. The recently funded project is
focused on understanding linkages between the rhizosphere microbiome and the
plant transcriptome that control plant C allocation in support of N
acquisition. We envision this research associate will focus on soil
biogeochemical assays and stable isotope analyses (including 15N pool
dilution and 13CO2 pulse-chase coupled with stable isotope probing), but may
also include microbial genomics and transcriptomics.

The position will include some combination of the following activities:
Assisting with field work in research sites across Michigan and Wisconsin;
conducting and/or coordinating biogeochemical analyses, including stable
isotope pulse-chase experiments and stable isotope probing; molecular work
including DNA and RNA extraction, high-throughput quantitative-PCR, and
sample preparation for sequencing; data analysis and manuscript preparation;
presentation of results at national and international scientific meetings.
In addition, the research associate will assist with lab organization and
mentoring graduate and undergraduate students, and engage in a stimulating
research environment created by multiple researchers working on coordinated
aspects of the project. The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. with a
research focus in soil ecology, soil microbiology, soil science,
biogeochemistry, or a closely related field with preference given to those
with experience in isotopic 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.

The position is renewable annually for up to 4 years, contingent upon
funding and/or job performance. A start date of September 1, 2016 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 via email to: ltiemann@msu.edu.

Applications should include:
1) a brief cover letter (no more than 2-pages) that highlights past
research accomplishments, how your previous experience will benefit this
project and your 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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