Postdoctoral Research Position: the nitrogen-fixing microbiome of Arctic mosses
I am seeking a postdoctoral researcher to join an NSF-funded Dimensions of Biodiversity project on moss and microbial controls over nitrogen fixation in Arctic ecosystems. This project will explore the role of moss population genetics and community structure in regulating the diversity and function of the nitrogen-fixing microbiome. The postdoc will focus on ecosystem- and moss species-level patterns of nitrogen fixation along a large-scale climate gradient in Alaska and in long-term manipulative experiments at Toolik Field Station (http://toolik.alaska.edu/) and Denali National Park (http://www.nps.gov/dena/index.htm). The postdoc will collaborate with an interdisciplinary group, including an evolutionary biologist (Stuart McDaniel; http://mcdaniellab.biology.ufl.edu/), a bio-statistician (Jose Miguel Ponciano;
https://josemiguelponciano.wordpress.com/thelab/), and a microbial ecologist (Noah Fierer;
http://fiererlab.org/), so candidates with broad interests in ecology and evolutionary biology are encouraged to apply.
The post-doc will join Michelle Mack’s Lab (https://www2.nau.edu/macklab-p/wordpress/) in
the Center for Ecosystem Science and Society (http://ecoss.nau.edu/) at Northern Arizona University (https://nau.edu/) and will be expected to lead fieldwork in the summer and lab work, data analysis, and manuscript preparation in the winter. There are three years of funding, depending on satisfactory performance, beginning in spring of 2016.
Required Qualifications: a PhD in ecosystem ecology, plant ecophysiology or a related field.
Preferred Qualifications: experience with fieldwork, field and laboratory measurements of plant
functional traits, and stable isotope natural abundance and tracer techniques.
Preferred interests: ecosystem ecology, plant-microbe interactions, and the evolution of symbioses.
To apply, send a letter of intent explaining why you are interested in this position, a CV and a list of three references to [email protected] Applications will be considered as they are
received. For full consideration, apply on or before February 1, 2016.