Positions​​

PLANT OR MICROBIAL ECOLOGIST
(posted 10/28/2019)

Rank:  Assistant Professor
Split:  35% Academic Programs, 65% Research   
Duties:  Research and teaching in plant and/or microbial ecology

The Department of Plant and Microbial Biology (PMB) at North Carolina State University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the areas of Plant and/or Microbial Ecology. Scale of research may include ecosy​​stems, communities, or populations, with areas of emphasis that may include, but are not limited to, environmental plant-microbe interactions, wetland ecology, global change biology, conservation biology and ethnoecology. Priority will be given to candidates whose research involves an interdisciplinary approach that includes field work combined with laboratory and/or quantitative tools. The successful candidate will be expected to develop a productive, extramurally funded research program that enhances and complements existing programs in the department and college.

PMB is a diverse and growing department with strengths in ecology, evolution, physiology, molecular biology, and microbiomes, and is home to a herbarium of 130,000 specimens representing the southeastern US flora. NCSU offers opportunities for collaboration with ecologists in the Departments of Applied Ecology; Forestry and Environmental Science; Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences; Entomology and Plant Pathology; Crop and Soil Sciences; Statistics; and Biological Sciences. PMB participates in the Southeast Climate Adaptation Science Center, the Plant Soil Microbial Community Consortium, the Chancellor’s Excellence Cluster on Microbiomes and Complex Microbial Communities, the Center for Integrated Fungal Research, the Plant Sciences Initiative, and the Genetics and Genomics Initiative. NCSU has a state-of-the-art marine laboratory (CMAST) in Morehead City (150 miles from campus), and a network of outstanding field stations from the mountains to the coast, including two near campus.

Responsibilities will be divided between research and teaching, with a teaching expectation of 1-2 courses per year. Teaching topic will depend on the individual’s areas of expertise, and may include general undergraduate ecology. Candidates will be expected to mentor graduate and undergraduate students in research.

Candidates must have a PhD degree in plant or microbial biology or related discipline, with expertise in plant and/or microbial ecology and a record of peer-reviewed publications and scholarly accomplishments commensurate with experience. Postdoctoral and teaching experience are preferred. To apply, please go to https://jobs.ncsu.edu/postings/125030. Applicants should attach to the online application: Cover letter, CV, contact information for three references, and statements of research (3-page max) and teaching (1-page max) that describe past accomplishments and future goals. Review of applications will begin on December 2, 2019.

NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran. 
Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process, please call 919-515-3148. 

Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. If highest degree is from an institution outside of the U.S., final candidates are required to have their degree verified at "www.wes.org":http//wes.org. Degree must be obtained prior to start date.

NC State University participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.




Post-doctoral scholar position in translational microbial ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

The Lankau research group at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is searching for a post-doctoral scholar to join our project in translational microbial ecology of agricultural soils. The project is a collaboration with Linda Kinkel of the University of Minnesota and Noah Rosenzweig of Michigan State University, and seeks to develop predictive models of potato yield and disease outcomes for potato growers based on soil physical, chemical, and biological properties (including microbial community composition and function). Beyond the applied goals, this position offers numerous opportunities to address fundamental questions about linkages between microbial community composition, diversity, and ecosystem functions. We
anticipate the post-doctoral scholar to take a lead role in the bioinformatic analysis, data management, and development and validation of predictive models based on data sets generated by our and our collaborator’s research groups. We are seeking applicants with interests and experience in cutting-edge data science approaches as well as traditional statistical modeling, and a passion for linking fundamental biological questions with practical outcomes for sustainable agriculture.

Applicants should have a PhD in ecology, microbiology, soil science, agronomy, or related fields, excellent written and oral communication skills, quantitative and analytical skills, and a track record of first-author publications in peer-reviewed journals.

Experience with some combination of the following skills is preferred but not required:

-          Molecular characterization of microbial communities

-          Machine learning and predictive modeling 

-          Statistical analyses of multivariate data

-          Field and greenhouse experimentation with plants

Funding is available for two years with extension for a second year depending on satisfactory performance. Salary is set at $47,500/year and includes health and other benefits. 

To apply, please send a cover letter describing your interest in the position and a CV to lankau@wisc.edu

Applications will be accepted through 08/15/19. Start date is flexible, but with a preference for candidates who can start by fall 2019. 

For information about our research group, go to: http://labs.russell.wisc.edu/lankau


Position Title: Postdoctoral Researchers 

The McMillan and Hoagland Labs are seeking to recruit two postdoctoral researchers at the intersection of soil microbial ecology, biogeochemistry, and plant stress physiology in the Colleges of Agriculture and Engineering at Purdue University. The positions are within the newly created Arequipa Nexus Institute for Food, Energy, Water, and the Environment and will be part of a cohort of other post docs and students working to understand the biophysical and societal impacts of water scarcity and environmental degradation on ecosystem ecology and agricultural productivity in the arid region of Southern Peru. Agriculture in this region is supported by irrigation with water often high in heavy metals leading to toxicity and reduced yield. Our goal is to determine how environmental and management factors affect microbial transformations and partitioning of heavy metals between the soil and plants. The successful applicants will have the opportunity to design research under this broad topic. We anticipate that the post docs will use a variety of methods to assess environmental conditions, microbial community composition (metagenomics), and ecological function (enzyme and metabolism assays).  

While the positions are based at Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN USA, the candidates will engage in field and laboratory work and training activities in Peru, primarily in the Arequipa region, possibly for multi-week periods of time. The initial appointment will be for 1 year starting as early as March 1, 2019, with potential for a second year upon review. The Arequipa Nexus Institute for Food, Energy, Water, and the Environment is a collaboration between Purdue University and the Universidad Nacional de San Agustin (UNSA) in Arequipa, Peru. More information is available at: https://www.purdue.edu/discoverypark/arequipa-nexus/en/index.php  

The post docs will be advised by Prof. Sara McMillan (https://saramcmillan.weebly.com) and Prof. Lori Hoagland (https://www.purdue.edu/hla/sites/hoaglandlab/) in the Depts. of Agricultural and Biological Engineering and Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, respectively. The McMillan and Hoagland Labs are equipped with tools for extracting, amplifying, and quantifying DNA/RNA in soil and plant samples, isolating, and culturing microbial isolates, and conducting assays to quantify biogeochemical and ecological processes. Access to state-of-the-art plant growth facilities, wet chemistry laboratories, and Purdue’s High Performance Computing Network for bioinformatics analyses is available. Hoagland and McMillan will work with the candidates to create Individual Development Plans, and identify opportunities for them to participate in workshops and other activities that will further develop their technical and professional skills.
  
Candidates should have recently completed their PhD, or expect to complete their degree by the start date in a program studying biogeochemistry and/or plant-soil-microbial relationships. Candidates must have a demonstrated ability of scientific achievement, excellent verbal and written communication skills, and an interest in working in international and interdisciplinary environments addressing problems related to agroecosytem sustainability. The McMillan Lab position requires prior experience using laboratory assays and/or field measurements of biogeochemistry of terrestrial or wetland ecosystems. The Hoagland Lab position requires prior experience using biochemical and molecular tools to quantify soil and plant microbiomes and characterize plant stress responses. Both positions also require strong quantitative and analytical skills, preferably R, Python, and/or Matlab. Candidates should also have a record of scientific achievement, excellent verbal and written communication skills, and an interest in working in international and interdisciplinary environments addressing problems related to agroecosytem sustainability. Past participation in international research and Spanish language skills are desirable.
 
Applicants should supply (a) a curriculum vitae, including a list of publications, (b) a statement of research interests and goals (maximum 2 pages) and (c) e-mail addresses of three references to: Sara McMillan (mcmill@purdue.edu ) and Lori Hoagland (lhoaglan@purdue.edu). Application review will begin immediately.
 


 

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