[ES_JOBS_NET] JOB: Research Associate and Project Coordinator: Biogeochemistry and genomics of plant-microbe interactions

Erika Marín-Spiotta marinspiotta at wisc.edu
Thu Oct 1 22:05:07 MDT 2015

Date:    Thu, 1 Oct 2015 08:08:11 -0400
From:    =?windows-1252?Q?Lisa_Tiemann?= <ltiemann at MSU.EDU>
Subject: JOB: Research Associate and Project Coordinator: Biogeochemistry
and genomics of plant-microbe interactions

Research Associate and Project Coordinator: Biogeochemistry and genomics =
plant-microbe interactions

We are looking for a research associate and project coordinator for a
project at Michigan State University, recently funded by the Department o=
Energy. The project is focused on plant-microbe-nutrient interactions in
biofuel cropping systems on degraded lands and will include: microbial
genomics, transcriptomics and stable isotope probing; root exudate
metabolomics and plant transcriptomics; and soil biogeochemical and plant=

functional trait measurements. The successful candidate will spend at lea=
50% of their time coordinating grant activities, which will include
overseeing laboratory and field operations, coordinating travel to field
sites and conferences; managing undergraduate student lab assistants; and=

assisting with data collection, entry and maintenance. For qualified and
interested candidates, there will also be opportunities for contributions=
experimental design, data analysis and manuscript preparation and
publication, as well as work and training in bioinformatics. This positio=
will require wide-ranging travel in Michigan and Wisconsin and travel
between Michigan State University main campus and the W.K. Kellogg
Biological Station, which is located approximately 1.25 hours south of ma=
campus. Applicants may choose to live near main campus or the biological
station, with their primary employment location at either site.=20

For more information, please see the following press release:

And explore the project leaders' websites: Sarah Evans
(http://saraheevanslab.weebly.com); Lisa Tiemann
(http://tiemann.psm.msu.edu/); Maren Friesen
(http://friesen.plantbiology.msu.edu/); Jim Cole (http://rdp.cme.msu.edu/=

The successful candidate must have a Master=92s or Ph.D. or commensurate
experience in soil ecology, microbiology, biogeochemistry, plant ecology,=

plant biology or a closely related field with preference given to those w=
some experience in field biology, molecular or isotopic methods, and/or
statistics and bioinformatics. Strong candidates will also possess the
following attributes: a publication record from their Master=92s or Ph.D.=

(papers published, in press, or submitted); creativity, independence, and=

the desire to learn new things; excellent communication skills, both writ=
and oral; experience with project coordination and/or demonstration of
excellent organizational skills.=20

This is a 2-year position renewable for up to 5 years contingent upon
funding and/or performance. A start date of January 4, 2016 is preferred,=

but alternative start dates through May 2016 will be considered and shoul=
be noted in the cover letter. All questions about the position and
application materials should be submitted to: Dr. Lisa Tiemann
(ltiemann at msu.edu). Applications should be submitted by October 30th for
full consideration but will be accepted until the position is filled.

Applications, sent to Dr. Tiemann as a single pdf file, should include:
1) a brief cover letter (no more than 2-pages) that highlights past resea=
accomplishments, describes future career and research goals and gives
examples of project coordination and/or organizational skills;=20
2) a curriculum vitae;=20
3) names and contact information for three references.

MSU is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.
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