The Juenger lab at the University of Texas at Austin is recruiting a postdoctoral position in plant-microbial interactions on DOE funded research. The researcher will be involved in collaborative studies exploring the plant-microbiome-soil interface across environmental gradients in switchgrass (Panicum virgatum). The project involves a multidisciplinary team of investigators including ecologists, physiologists, modelers and genomic scientists. Our goal is to characterize the relative role of switchgrass host genotype, local environments, and their interaction in the assembly of bacterial and fungal microbiome communities using common gardens of switchgrass. Opportunities exist for studies involving mapping plant genes affecting microbial communities, controlled experiments studying beneficial plant-microbial interactions, characterization of biology at the root/microbiome interface, and studies of microbial impacts on ecosystem processes.
The position requires a PhD in Microbiology, Ecology, Evolution, Plant Biology, or a related field. The ideal candidate will have experience sampling plants and soils for field studies of microbial diversity. Additional skills in next-generation sequencing, experimental design, analysis, and bioinformatics are preferred. We are looking for highly motivated candidates with excellent communication skills, initiative, and enthusiasm for large collaborative team efforts. Our diverse research effort offers an ideal scenario for cross-disciplinary training, leveraging existing datasets and resources, leadership opportunities, a creative work environment, and avenues for applied impact in the development of sustainable biofuels.
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We encourage applications from female, minority, and culturally diverse candidates. Please email all applications to email@example.com with the subject “Postdoctoral Application: microbial ecology”. Applications should include a cover letter detailing experience and research interests, a current CV, and contact information for three professional references compiled in a single pdf file. Applicants can find additional information about the Juenger lab at https://sites.cns.utexas.edu/juenger_lab. Applications will be considered until the position is filled.