[ES_JOBS_NET] postdoc position in soil biogeochemistry/microbiology of agroecosystems at U Tennessee

Erika Marín-Spiotta marinspiotta at wisc.edu
Fri Mar 6 15:46:05 MST 2015

 Dear Colleagues,

Please help spread the word about a new postdoc position in my lab.
Interested applicants can direct inquiries about the position to me at
sschaef5 at utk.edu.


Soil Biogeochemist/Microbiologist

The Department of Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science at the University
of Tennessee, Knoxville is seeking to fill a postdoctoral level position in
Soil Biogeochemistry or Microbiology to research the biotic and abiotic
controls on soil nitrogen cycling in agroecosystems under long-term (>30
years) experimental treatment.  Research is field and lab based, primarily
consisting of quantifying and modeling the biological and physical
mechanisms of nitrogen retention and greenhouse gas fluxes, and is
associated with a USDA-funded project on these subjects.  The position is
full time and offers a competitive salary and benefits commensurate with
experience. The initial appointment is for 12 months, and renewable based
on performance.  A Ph.D. in Ecosystem Ecology, Soil Microbiology,
Environmental Chemistry, Microbial Ecology or similar with a strong
foundation in biogeochemistry, microbial ecology, soil physics and
chemistry is required.  Experience with any of the following: quantitative
modeling, isotope tracers, soil trace gas measurement, and/or quantitative
PCR techniques is desired. This position requires working independently and
constructively in teams through performing original research, report
writing, meeting participation, and interdisciplinary collaboration.  Field
sites include the East and West Tennessee Research and Education Centers,
part of the UT Institute of Agriculture AgResearch network.  The applicant
will have opportunities to collaborate with scientists at USDA-Agricultural
Research Service, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, National Soil
Survey Center, and University of Nebraska.

Applications will be reviewed starting on April 15, 2015 and the position
will remain open until filled.  For more information on this position, and
how to apply, please contact one of the PIs: Sean Schaeffer (
sschaef5 at utk.edu) or Jennifer DeBruyn (jdebruyn at utk.edu).

The Department is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to
the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research,
teaching and service. The University of Tennessee is an Equal Opportunity
Affirmative Action employer.

Sean Schaeffer
Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science
2506 E.J. Chapman Dr.
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville, TN 37996-4531
phone: 865-974-7366
fax: 865-974-4514sschaef5 at utk.eduhttp://utk.academia.edu/SeanSchaeffer
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