Postdoctoral Fellow – US-OK-Ardmore

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Postdoctoral Fellow - US-OK-Ardmore

Job Location: US-OK-Ardmore

Job ID: 2020-1715

Classification: Full-Time Temporary

Field of Research: Soil Microbiology
Education: Ph.D. in Soil Science, Microbiology, Biological Science, Agronomy or other related field.


The Noble Research Institute, LLC is seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow in the field of soil microbiology to work on an NSF-EPSCoR project entitled Socially Sustainable Solutions for Water, Carbon, and Infrastructure Resilience in Oklahoma. As part of this project, we aim to measure and understand the impact of different agricultural management practices on soil carbon and water dynamics. The research will involve metagenomic studies of soil microbial communities associated with various plant species and cropping and grazing systems (annual small grains, perennial introduced and native grasses). Research will be transdisciplinary and conducted in the Agronomy group under the direction of Dr. Twain Butler, in collaboration with Dr. Kelly Craven (Microbial Symbiology group) and others at the Institute.

Funding for this temporary position is anticipated to be renewed annually based upon performance and funding availability, with an anticipated funding end date of June 30, 2025.

This job has been designated as “safety sensitive” under state law, due to the essential functions in the job description.


The successful applicant will be responsible for the design and implementation of experiments in the laboratory and greenhouse, and data analysis and interpretation to support the EPSCoR project.  Soil sampling from field experiments and analysis of such samples will also be integral to the project. Processing and interpretation of genetic, genomic and transcriptomic data, as well as correlation to various soil health parameters (soil carbon, water infiltration, soil water holding capacity, etc.) is required. Other duties of the position will include, but are not limited to data analysis, interpretation and proper storage, publishing of results in peer-reviewed journals and participation in the Institute’s professional development program.


A PhD in Soil Science or Microbiology is required, although applicants with degrees in Biological Science, Agronomy, or other closely-related fields will be considered. Applicants must exhibit excellent written and verbal communication skills.  Assessment of plant fitness parameters and statistical methods used in those assessments along with experience in high throughput sequencing technologies and microbial metagenomics are highly desired. Background in soil physical, chemical, and biological analysis for understanding soil function is preferred.

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