[ES_JOBS_NET] PhD student Role of microbes in post-fire soil organic matter dynamics

Erika Marín-Spiotta marinspiotta at wisc.edu
Wed Mar 29 01:45:24 MDT 2017

Recruiting: Ph.D. student

Project: Systems biology enabled research on the roles of microbial
communities in carbon cycle processes – Determination of the roles of
pyrophilous microbes in the breakdown and stabilization of pyrolyzed forms
of soil organic matter
Institution: University of Wisconsin-Madison (Dr. Thea Whitman)
Collaborators: University of California-Berkeley (Dr. Matthew Traxler and
Dr. Tom Bruns), and Joint Genome Institute (Dr. Igor Grigoriev)

We are recruiting a Ph.D. student to work on a DOE-funded
multi-institutional project investigating the role of microbes in post-fire
soil organic matter (SOM) dynamics. The ideal candidate will have an MS,
with expertise  and interest in some or all of the following areas:
microbiology and soil science, stable isotope probing of DNA,
bioinformatics, microbial community ecology, soil carbon cycling or
pyrogenic organic matter cycling, and gas flux tracing using stable
isotopes. Successful candidates will join a dynamic team of researchers to
use a systems biology approach, coupling 13C stable isotope probing of
nucleic acids, gas flux analyses, small experimental “pyrocosms”, and mass
spectrometry to dissect the effects of microbes on post-fire SOM dynamics.

The position could start during the summer or fall semesters of 2017. If
you are interested in this project, please contact twhitman at wisc.edu,
sending a statement of interest and your cv before April 15, 2017.
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