[ES_JOBS_NET] Postdoctoral fellow in wetland biogeochemistry and microbial ecology at Virginia Commonwealth University

Rima Franklin rbfranklin at vcu.edu
Fri May 16 12:02:35 MDT 2014

*Postdoctoral fellow in wetland biogeochemistry and microbial ecology at 
Virginia Commonwealth University *

A postdoctoral position is available in the Department of Biology at 
Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. PIs Neubauer 
(wetland biogeochemistry), Franklin (microbial ecology), and Brown 
(molecular biology) are looking for a highly motivated postdoc to work 
on a NSF-funded project aimed at understanding the role of microbial 
community structure on ecosystem function and responses to environmental 
change. The project will include complementary observational and 
manipulative experiments to look at wetland responses to saltwater 
intrusion, at microbial/molecular scales up to the ecosystem level. The 
postdoc will direct a field salinity manipulation experiment and oversee 
biogeochemical analyses associated with the project. There is 
flexibility for the postdoc to also initiate other projects that are 
related to the broad goals of the NSF grant. Depending on the postdoc's 
interests, there will be opportunities to learn molecular methods (e.g., 
metagenomics, metatranscriptomics, qPCR). The postdoc will be expected 
to collect and analyze field and laboratory data, prepare manuscripts 
for publication, and share research findings at scientific conferences.

Expertise in some or all of the following areas is desired: Wetland 
ecology, biogeochemistry, ecosystem ecology, and/or microbial ecology.

Strong candidates will possess the following attributes:

- A strong publication record (papers published, in press, and/or 

- Demonstrated experience and skills with both field and lab work.

- Creativity, independence, and the desire to learn new things.

- Excellent written and oral communication skills.

All candidates must have received a Ph.D. in a relevant field. The 
position is available for up to 3 years, with the first year serving as 
a probationary period. The position includes a competitive salary and 
full benefits including health insurance.

Review of applications will begin on June 15, 2014 and will continue 
until the position is filled. The start date is flexible, but we would 
like someone to be in the position by the end of summer 2014 or early in 
the fall. Applications should include a brief cover letter, curriculum 
vitae, a brief description of past research accomplishments and future 
research goals (under two pages), and the names and contact information 
for three references. All materials should be submitted as a single 
combined PDF file to Dr. Scott Neubauer (sneubauer at vcu.edu) for 

Please contact Dr. Neubauer with questions about the position, the 
project, or the application process. If you are interested in the 
position and will be at the Joint Aquatic Sciences Meeting in Portland, 
Oregon (May 18-23), feel free to look up Dr. Neubauer, who will be 
attending the meeting.

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