Post-doctoral researcher position: Two, three-year post-doctoral positions are available in the Kinkel laboratory at the University of Minnesota. We are seeking post-doctoral scientists to work on two new project studying the factors the mediate the composition and functional capacities of soil microbiomes to support plant productivity. One project utilizes a unique, long-term, 5-species crop monoculture experiment to test predictions of a mechanistic model for the development of disease-suppressive microbiomes. The second project explores variation in the coevolutionary dynamics of soil microbiomes in response to diverse treatments. Both projects will integrate data on microbial community composition (amplicon sequencing), microbial functional characteristics (using culture-based approaches), and analyses of soil chemical characteristics, including carbon profiles, to evaluate ecological and evolutionary factors that mediate the pathogen-suppressive and other functional capacities of soil microbiomes. This research will contribute to the development of novel strategies for managing soil microbiomes for enhanced crop productivity.
Preferred Qualifications:Familiarity with fundamental concepts in ecology, evolutionary biology, plant pathology, and microbiology; experience with microbiome analyses using sequence-based approaches, and microbial culturing; experience with programming using R and/or Python; willingness to interact broadly with diverse scientists in a fast-paced laboratory setting; ability to work independently, to accomplish goals, and to meet deadlines.
Salary: Starting salary, $48,426 annually, commensurate with experience.
Application instructions: Individuals should apply through the University of Minnesota website: (https://humanresources.umn.edu/content/find-job) Job ID# 327351 & Job ID# 328479. Any questions, please contact Linda Kinkel (firstname.lastname@example.org).
(Even though this already had a closing in Dec, there is still interest in more applications to this position).
One tenure track assistant professor faculty position will be filled in the Pathogen and Microbiome Institute, with tenure assignment to an academic department relevant to the faculty member’s expertise (e.g., Department of Biological Sciences, School of Informatics and Computer Science and Cyber Systems) beginning August 21, 2017.
Individuals are invited to apply for an assistant professor faculty position in the Pathogen and Microbiome Institute at Northern Arizona University. We are seeking individuals with research interests that complement existing strengths in basic or translational pathogen and microbiome research, which may include bioinformatics, genomics, immunology, molecular epidemiology, microbiology, population genetics, disease ecology, phylogeography, clinical and environmental microbiology expertise. This is a research intensive position with competitive teaching loads in subject areas that will be dictated by the applicant’s expertise. Evidence of grant potential will be required.
The successful candidates will be expected to: (1) develop and/or transfer an intensive research program that is supported by awards from extramural agencies; (2) contribute to the university graduate training program with M.S. and Ph.D. students, and postdoctoral fellows; and (3) perform service for the department, university, and profession.
I came across this posting which might shed some light on microbial explanation for #deflategate and the story of Jock Giblet.
New postdoc position in Chris Schadt’s lab at Oak Ridge National Lab
The Biosciences at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (http://www.ornl.gov) is seeking a postdoctoral researcher in the area of microbial ecology. The selected candidate will join an international team of investigators focused on understanding ecology of microbial communities as well as their responses to various anthropogenically induced changes (climate, contaminants, land use, etc.) in multiple systems.
Design, conduct and interpret laboratory and field based research; lead and contribute to the development of scientific manuscripts and proposals for the Plant-Microbe Interfaces (PMI) project. The available project position will focus on understanding community structure and function of microbes associated with Populus tree species as driven by host genotypic and environmental factors [more at: http://pmi.ornl.gov/]. Research is facilitated by a full range of state-of-the-art equipment/facilities for microbiology, molecular biology, and genomics, in a professional environment with excellent technical support.
Qualifications Required: Ph.D. degree in microbiology, ecology, molecular biology, or related field. Applicant should have demonstrated expertise in both modern molecular ecology methods such as quantitative PCR, DNA sequence analyses, as well as working with the informatics tools for microbiome and metagenomics studies. Demonstrated expertise must include a track record of primary contributions to peer-reviewed publications.
Qualifications Preferred: Priority will be given to applicants with a successful history of interdisciplinary, integrative, and innovative research in this area. Familiarity with software tools for next generation DNA sequence analysis of rRNA and metagenomic microbial datasets as well as the ability to program and script in R, Python or Perl to customize such analyses would also be preferred.
Applicants cannot have received the most recent degree more than five years prior to the date of application and must complete all degree requirements before starting their appointment.