Postdoctoral Researcher – University of Hawaii Manoa

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The Hynson (, Amend ( and Nelson ( Labs at The University of Hawaii at Mānoa are seeking a highly motivated postdoctoral researcher to work on a project recently funded study by the W.M. Keck Foundation titled “Establishing a Hawaiian Watershed as a Model Microbiome Mesocosm”. A synopsis of the project can be found below.

Specifically, we are looking for applicants with a background in one or more of the following:

* Plant-microbe ecophysiology, microbial ecology, microbial metagenomics, stable isotopes or other mass spec tools (ex. lipidomics, metabalomics, NanoSIMS, SIP), and/or plant-soil feedbacks.

This researcher will study plant-microbial interactions with an emphasis on microbiome functional ecology. With a team of PIs and students, the researcher will conduct greenhouse, growth chamber, and field experiments to investigate the fundamental mechanisms underpinning plant-associated symbioses, and will use a suite of ecophysiological and molecular tools to understand the diversity and function of microbes across an entire watershed.

Minimum qualifications include:
·      PhD in microbial ecology, plant-microbe ecophysiology, microbial molecular ecology, plant-soil feedbacks or related field.
·      Evidence of scientific productivity in the form of peer-reviewed publications.
·      Strong science writing and communication skills.
·      Ability to work independently as well as a productive member of a team, including mentoring experience.

The postdoc will be expected to carry out a portion of the work outlined in our project, but will also have the option of developing studies within his/her specific area of interest as they relate to microbiome studies. This includes potential collaborations with the Center for Microbiome Analysis through Island Knowledge and Investigation ( Pay is commensurate with experience, start date is somewhat flexible, and appointment is for one year with the possibility to extend for an additional 1-2 years provided acceptable progress.

Interested parties should email the following to Nicole Hynson at:
·      A brief cover letter outlining your background relevant to the project.
·      A current CV detailing how you meet the minimum criteria with a list of 3 potential references and their contact info.

Review of applications will begin on January 21, 2019 but the position will remain open until filled.

Please encourage your graduate students and research associates to contact us if they are interested. Please also share this email with your colleagues. 

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