Postdoc in fungal ecology, University of Hawaii
4/2/2015 1:51 PM
A postdoc position is available in the Amend Lab in the Department of Botany at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. The successful applicant will join a dynamic group of researchers interested in microbial ecology and evolution within the unique Hawaiian archipelago. The incumbent will be responsible for carrying out a study to characterize the factors that determine leaf surface microbial communities on native Hawaiian plants. Leaf fungi are a food source for the federally endangered tree snail, Achatinella mustelina, one of several species within a spectacular adaptive radiation endemic to the island of Oahu. The incumbent will lead a project to assess whether factors such as priority affects or environmental constraints will impact the cultivation of preferred food items in novel snail enclosure locations. Concurrent with this applied objective, opportunities abound for the incumbent to study theoretical research questions such as interactions between plant host-genotype and leaf surface communities, microbial determinants of herbivory, co-occurrence patterns or other components of biogeography or community assembly processes. Please see “O'Rorke, R., Cobian, G. M., Holland, B. S., Price, M. R., Costello, V., and Amend, A. S. (2015). Dining local: the microbial diet of a snail that grazes microbial communities is geographically structured. Environmental Microbiology” for more information on this system.
The incumbent will work closely with fungal biologists, state and federal conservation agencies and with civilian US Army biologists who maintain snail conservation enclosures at field sites in the Waianae mountain range. These are located in some of the most remote, intact and spectacular mesic and rain-forests on the island.
Additionally, the postdoctoral researcher will be responsible for participating in the training and oversight of graduate and undergraduate students, publishing manuscripts in peer-reviewed academic journals and working to disseminate data to conservation managers.
The appointment is for one year, with a high likelihood of continuation pending funding availability and progress towards research objectives. Start date is as soon as is feasible.
Successful candidates will hold a Ph.D. degree in biology, botany, microbiology or other relevant field.
Knowledge of Hawaiian plants, fungi and/or microbial ecology. Experience with greenhouse and/or sterile techniques. Experience with molecular methods and high-throughput community data analysis. Willingness to hike and/or helicopter into remote field locations.
Please visit lab’s website to learn more about the group and the research conducted: www.amendlab.com. As a single PDF, please submit a CV, a cover letter, and the names/contact information for three referees to Anthony Amend: firstname.lastname@example.org. Consideration of applications will begin April 13th and will continue until the position is filled.