[ECOLOG-L] Postdoctoral Position in Soil and Microbial Ecology

A full time postdoc position is available to explore effects of plant
activity on soil microbes and decomposition in forest and grassland
ecosystems under climate change. It is a joint project between Fudan
University (FU), China, and Western Sydney University (WSU), Australia. The
researcher will conduct experiments in state-of-the-art facilities of
climate change at WSU, such as EucFACE and Whole Tree Chambers
(http://ift.tt/1rhjL7U). The overall goal of the
project is to understand microbial mechanisms governing soil carbon
turnover and stability in a changing world. The successful candidate should
be passionate about understanding ecosystem functions and using that
knowledge to better understand our future environment. S/he will be
responsible for preparing and conducting analyses of roots, soils,
microbial carbon use efficiency, microbial communities and activities, soil
respiration. S/he will be also responsible for synthesizing existing data
and producing manuscripts for the peer-reviewed literature.

This full time position is 2 years with a competitive salary plus benefits.
S/he will be mainly based at the FU in Shanghai, and travel to Sydney,
Australia, for field experiments. Most sample analyses and manuscript
preparation will be done at the FU, which can offer 50% discount for hiring
an apartment (one or two bedrooms) in the campus. We will offer travel
allowance to Sydney. Preference will be given to applicants with peer-
reviewed publications related to ecosystem ecology, stable isotope ecology
and/or soil microbiology. Applicants should hold a Ph.D. in ecosystem
ecology, microbiology, environmental biology or a related field. The
following application materials should be emailed to both Drs. Ming Nie
(mnie@fudan.edu.cn) and Elise Pendall (e.pendall@westernsydney.edu.au),
with the email subject of “Postdoc Position Application”: (1) Cover
letter describing general research interests, (2) CV, (3) One
representative manuscript (preferably first authored and published), and
(4) List of 3 references with contact information. Application materials
received by June 30 will be given full consideration. Applications will be
accepted until the position is filled.

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