Postdoc in Microbial Ecology – Agro-ecosystem diversification and ecosystem services provided by soil microbial communities
in the Soil Microbiology group (http://www.slu.se/soil-microbiology) at The Department of Forest Mycology and Plant Pathology
Please send to candidates that might be interested in joining the Soil Microbiology group in Uppsala, Sweden!
Description and instruction on how to apply:
Understanding belowground biodiversity for soil functioning and service delivery in agro-ecosystems is crucial for management of sustainable agriculture. Currently, we lack knowledge of how above- and below-ground communities and the ecosystem processes that depend on them are linked, and how these links may subsidize primary production and other ecosystem services as well as ecosystem multi-functionality. The EU ERA-NET (Biodiversa) project “Agro-ecosystem diversification: digging deeper” addresses these questions. The objectives are to quantify the impact of agricultural practices, in particular those increasing plant diversity, on soil communities and on the functions and services delivered by those soil communities and to determine the role of soil diversity and biological interactions for multifunctionality of European agro-ecosystems. In addition, the impacts of climate change on the provision of ecosystem services by agro-ecosystems from different climatic zones and management practices varying in soil biodiversity will be assessed.
The Department of Forest Mycology and Plant Pathology offers a stimulating research environment focusing on fundamental and applied aspects of fungal, bacterial and plant biology. The position is placed in the Soil Microbiology Group, which performs fundamental and applied research on functional ecology of microorganisms, especially those involved in nitrogen cycling. Important research topics at the department include interactions between microorganisms and plants as well as ecology and evolution. Central themes are plant pathology, biodiversity and nutrient cycling in agricultural and forest ecosystems. The department is placed at the Biocenter at SLU Uppsala with approx. 300 employees in plant science, microbiology, plant pathology, chemistry, molecular biology, food science and computational biology.
Duties: The postdoctoral researcher will do research on microbial community ecology, especially soil nitrogen cycling microorganisms. Work includes design and implementation of experiments at the laboratory, greenhouse and field level as well as laboratory work, data analysis and writing of scientific articles. The project is part of a larger collaborative project and includes international collaboration. This position would be particularly ideal for researchers that have an interest in linking above and belowground diversity of microbial communities and its implications for ecosystem functioning.
Qualifications: We are looking for a highly motivated and team-oriented candidate who is interested in microbial ecology. The required qualification for this position is a PhD in microbial ecology or another relevant subject. The successful candidate should have documented experience of working with molecular methods, next-generation sequencing, bioinformatics and multivariate statistics. The applicant should have documented capabilities of autonomous scientific research work and skills in writing scientific publications. The working language is English and good skills in English (both written and oral) are required.
Competence: As postdoctoral appointments are career-developing positions for junior researchers, we are primarily looking for candidates with a doctoral degree that is three years old at most.
Place of work: Uppsala
Form of employment: Temporary employment 6 months or longer,
Temporary employment 2 years with possibility of extending 1 year
Extent: 100 %
Starting date: January-March 2017
Application: We welcome your application marked with Ref no. SLU ua SLU ua 3801/2016.
Please submit your application to the Registrar of SLU, P.O. Box 7070, SE-750 07 Uppsala, Sweden or firstname.lastname@example.org no later than November 10, 2016.
Specific documents attached: The application should be written in English and the curriculum vitae should include a full list of publications, a description of scientific achievements, a description of research interests, and a list of two references familiar with the applicant’s qualifications and experience
Sara Hallin, Professor
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
Department of forest mycology and plant pathology
Box 7026, 750 07 Uppsala
Visiting address: Almas allé 5
Phone: +46(0)18 – 67 32 09