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Postdoc: suppressive soil microbiomes, Univ Minnesota

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 (kinkel@umn.edu).