Postdoc in Microbial Ecology in Arctic Ecosystems
Description and instruction on how to apply:
Arctic ecosystems hold a range of vegetation types, but because of the increase in average temperature across the tundra biome, vegetation is undergoing changes. These changes are expected to have cascading effects on associated plant-microbial interactions and belowground biogeochemical processes in ways that are difficult to predict. The objectives are to understand how plant communities are linked to root and soil-associated microbial communities, especially functional communities, and its implications for N-cycling. The project will be integrated with other ongoing projects in arctic ecosystems and include collaborations within and outside the department. There could be possibilities for field work in Zackenberg and Abisko.
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 functional communities involved in nitrogen cycling, in arctic ecosystems. Work includes field work as well as laboratory work, data analysis and writing of scientific articles.
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. Experience of metagenomics is valuable. 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 2 years
Starting date: Latest April 2017
Application: We welcome your application marked with Ref no. SLU ua 4423/2016.
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 December 19, 2016.
Specific documents attached: Specific documents attached: The application should preferrably 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
SLU is an equal opportunity employer
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