[ES_JOBS_NET] Postdoctoral Research Associate: Soil Microbial Ecology

Erika Marín-Spiotta marinspiotta at wisc.edu
Wed Jun 3 09:00:04 MDT 2015

Date:    Tue, 2 Jun 2015 12:37:31 -0400
From:    =?windows-1252?Q?Lisa_Tiemann?= <ltiemann at MSU.EDU>
Subject: Postdoc position: soil microbial ecology

Postdoctoral Research Associate: Soil Microbial Ecology

A postdoctoral research associate position is available at Michigan State=

University, in the lab of Dr. Lisa Tiemann. I am seeking a highly motivat=
individual to work on a funded project focused on 1) understanding the
genetic controls on bacterial extracellular polysaccharide production and=
2) how extracellular polysaccharides contribute to soil organic matter

The positions will include the following activities: Molecular work
including DNA and RNA extraction, high-throughput quantitative-PCR, and
sample preparation for amplicon sequencing; isolation and lab incubations=
Pseudomonas species; data analysis and manuscript preparation; presentati=
of results at national and international scientific meetings. In addition=
the research associate will assist with some lab organization and mentori=
of graduate and undergraduate students. The successful candidates must ha=
a Ph.D. with a research focus in soil ecology, microbiology,
biogeochemistry, or a closely related field with preference given to thos=
with experience in molecular methods. Strong candidates will also possess=

the following attributes: A strong publication record from their Ph.D.
(papers published, in press, or submitted); creativity, independence, and=

the desire to learn new things; excellent communication skills, both writ=
and oral.=20

This is a 2-year position contingent upon funding and/or performance. A
start date of September 1, 2015 is preferred, but alternative timelines w=
be considered and should be noted in the cover letter. All questions abou=
the position and application materials should be submitted to ltiemann at ms=

Applications should include a single pdf containing:
1)=09a brief cover letter (no more than 2-pages) that highlights past res=
accomplishments and describes future research goals;=20
2)=09a curriculum vitae;=20
3)=09names and contact information for three references.

MSU is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.
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