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Postdoctoral position in ecology and evolution of symbiosis: Local adaptation in microbial symbionts and their prairie plants. May and Shaw labs, University of Minnesota.

Jul 26

Written by: SuperUser Account
7/26/2017 8:05 AM 

We seek a postdoctoral research scientist to investigate local adaptation in microbial symbionts of the prairie plants and their role in facilitating response to climate change. The postdoctoral researcher will join a team investigating the geographic scale of local adaptation and the evolutionary response of prairie plant species to climate change (Professor Ruth Shaw, UMN; postdoctoral research scientist Dr. Shelby Flint, UMN) and the role of microbial symbionts of in local adaptation of these prairie plants (Professor Georgiana May, UMN). The existing infrastructure of experimental reciprocal transplant plots, and collections of microbial strains and seeds, provide an excellent opportunity for addressing questions on fungal and/or bacterial symbionts of prairie plants and their roles in local adaptation. In addition, opportunities also exist for developing conservation and public‐private collaborations in restoration activities. The successful applicant will have knowledge of organismal biology for the microbial system of their interest, of genetic and genomic approaches relevant to their questions, evolutionary or ecological statistical analytical expertise, and a publication record demonstrating the ability to carry out research from idea generation to publication. Three years of postdoctoral research funding are available through a grant from the State of MN. Applicants should write Dr. Georgiana May (gmay@umn.edu) expressing their interests and background in the research area, as well as attaching a current CV.

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