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