Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Microbial/Ecosystem Ecology 

Level A fixed term (3 years)

The Institute is seeking to appoint a dynamic researcher to a Level A position. This full-time Postdoctoral Fellowship, for three years, will focus on research related to interactions between above and belowground communities and consequences for ecosystem functions. The overall project seeks to identify (a) the links between aboveground and belowground diversity and consequences for ecosystem functions, and (b) the response of biodiversity to global changes and consequences for ecosystem functions from micro to global scales.

The successful applicant will conduct research examining how above and belowground biodiversity interacts and regulates ecosystem functions (e.g. productivity, climate regulation and water regulation). The project will use a range of microcosm and field scales experiments and will utilise analytical procedures including state-of-the-art next-generation sequencing for biodiversity studies in conjunction with satellite data, and actual ecosystem function measurements. The project will use a number of statistical models to identify the consequences of biodiversity loss and global change on ecosystem functions. The successful applicant will have expertise in the broad areas of microbial / ecosystem ecology and be able to analyse data from next-generation sequencing. Statistical skills for analysing data are highly desirable, but relevant training will be provided to candidates with excellence in other areas of the project. The candidate will is close collaboration with Prof Peter Reich, University of Minnesota  (https://www.forestry.umn.edu/people/peter-b-reich) and Dr Manuel Delgado-Baquerizo (Colorado University, http://www.colorado.edu/). The project will also collaborate with Prof Fernando Maestre, Spain (http://maestrelab.com/en/fernando-t-maestre-biographical-sketch/).  The successful candidate will be expected to participate in training relevant to the position and communicate the findings of the project via journal publications and presentations at scientific conferences and to non-scientific audiences.

Remuneration Package: Level A $87,666 to $93,008 p.a. plus Superannuation and Leave Loading
Position Enquiries: Prof Brajesh Singh, (02) 4570 1329 or b.singh@westernsydney.edu.au
Closing Date: 15 August 2017
How to Apply: Go to the web site http://uws.nga.net.au/cp/ and scroll to the job reference 1122/17. Click on the reference number and follow the instructions at the bottom of the page on ‘How To Apply’.

Perennial Grain Crop Protection Ecologist

The Land Institute (Salina, Kansas) is creating a Crop Protection Ecologist position to build a long-term research program focused on managing pathogen and/or insect populations in herbaceous, perennial grain cropping systems. The successful candidate will work with a range of perennial proto-crop species (both grasses and forbs) to develop effective crop protection strategies using approaches such as 1) inter and intraspecific crop diversity, 2) crop resistance genes, and 3) management practices (e.g. crop rotation, biocontrol, fire or grazing). The successful candidate will work with a team of plant breeders to develop an approach to pest management that synergizes approaches based on ecological principles and plant genetics. The Land Institute (https://landinstitute.org) is located along the Smoky Hill River outside of Salina, Kansas. Founded in 1976, the Institute is a non-profit research and education organization focused on developing agroecosystems that are informed by the structure and function of native ecosystems. Total staff of The Land Institute is about 30 people, which includes 6 Ph.D. researchers, as well as post-docs, lab and field technicians and administrative and development staff. Field, greenhouse and laboratory facilities are well suited to support a wide range of plant protection work. The position will include base funding and technician support.
Researchers who hold a Ph.D. in a relevant field such as plant pathology, entomology, insect ecology, community ecology, genetics, breeding, and agroecology are encouraged to apply. Competence in statistics and experimental design are essential. Experience with modelling will be viewed favorably.
Additional Salary Information: Salary is competitive with similar research positions in the Midwest, U.S., and includes benefits.

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