[ES_JOBS_NET] Postdoc position in soil biogeochemistry/microbiology at University of Tennessee

Sean Schaeffer sschaef5 at utk.edu
Fri Mar 6 13:20:48 MST 2015

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: 865-974-4514
sschaef5 at utk.edu

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