Postdoctoral Research Associate Position – Rhizosphere Microbial Ecology

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Postdoctoral Research Associate Position - Rhizosphere Microbial Ecology

Background:

The laboratory of Dr. Cristina Lazcano at the University of California, Davis is seeking a postdoctoral researcher in the area of soil microbial ecology and plant-microbial interactions. The successful candidate will work in a project investigating the role of soil microorganisms in the nutrition and resistance of strawberry cultivars to soil-borne pathogens. This project is part of an ongoing collaboration between Dr Cristina Lazcano at the UC Davis Department of Land, Air and Water Resources (LAWR) and the Strawberry Center of the California Polytechnic State University. The successful candidate will study (i) the composition of the soil microbial community (archaea, bacteria and fungi) at different distances from the plant roots (bulk soil, rhizosphere and endophytes), (ii) the temporal dynamics of these communities, recruitment and selection of microorganisms around the roots, (iii) the role of plant genotype in driving these microbial communities and relationship with above and belowground plant traits, and (iv) the response of the microbial communities to management.

The selected candidate will work with an existing database of microbial sequences from soil, rhizosphere and root samples, and will be responsible for processing, sequencing and data analysis of another set of samples already collected. It is expected that the postdoc will use these two datasets for the preparation of two scientific manuscripts with the supervision of Dr. Lazcano and collaborators. In addition, it is expected that the postdoc will participate in the design and development of new projects in the field of plant-microbial interactions.

The initial appointment will be for one year, with the option of renewing depending on available funding. The project is anticipated to yield novel research directions that will open future research opportunities and funding.

The ideal candidate has expertise in bioinformatics and statistical analysis of microbial communities. Demonstrated experience in writing and publication of scientific manuscripts and excellent communication skills. Critical thinking, as well as excellent field and laboratory skills are also required.

We are especially interested in candidates that will be able to think independently and help explore new lines of research.

Responsibilities:

Sequencing data analysis and interpretation, processing of soil and plant samples for DNA extraction and sequencing, design of experiments, mentoring of graduate and undergraduate students, review of relevant literature, Preparation of manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals, Presentation at professional conferences.

Minimum Qualifications:

PhD in soil science, microbiology, plant science, biology or another relevant field and research experience in soil microbiology, microbial ecology, plant biology or a relevant field.

Preferred Qualifications:
  1. Expertise in Rhizosphere Microbial Ecology, processing and statistical analysis of sequencing data
  2. Strong communication and organizational skills
  3. Ability to code in R, and has an interest in transparent and reproducible science
  4. Strong publication records, or the potential for developing one

Our team believes in and values the power of diversity, thus applicants from historically underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. 

Salary:

Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Term of Appointment:

The initial appointment will be for one year, with the option of renewing depending on available funding. The project is anticipated to yield novel research directions that will open future research opportunities and funding.

The position will remain open until filled, with a preferred start date of January 1, 2020. 

Application/How to Apply:

To apply, please submit the following to this link

  1. A one page cover letter
  2. CV
  3. Names and contact information of at least two references familiar with your work
Contact:

Email any questions to Cristina Lazcano with “Postdoc in Rhizosphere Microbial Ecology” in the subject. 

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