Postdoc position: Soil-derived suppression of root-external AM mycelium

Postdoc position: Soil-derived suppression of root-external AM mycelium

University of Copenhagen, Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences

A postdoc position is available to identify soil components that suppress the development of root-external mycelium of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi. We have evidence that growth of the AM mycelium in bulk soil varies markedly across a range of contrasting soils and our results suggest that this variation can be caused by both biological and physio-chemical characteristic of the soil. The postdoc will participate in our further research to identify the suppressive mechanisms in more detail, including suppressor organisms and their active metabolites.

As a well-developed root-external mycelium of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi is a prerequisite for their optimal function in nutrient uptake to the host plant, the results are expected to provide novel tools for management of AM fungi in field soils.

Candidates for this position will have a PhD degree and experimental experience with mycorrhizas in soil-grown plants and/or root organ cultures. The candidate should also have wider competences within soil microbiology. Experience with microbiome analysis and use of radioactive tracer isotopes will be an advantage but is not a requirement.

The position is open from early 2017 and is for 12 months. Possible extension will depend on external grants.

You are welcome to send your CV and a motivation letter to Iver Jakobsen ( Please include the names of two persons who I may contact for references. Please apply as soon as possible and no later than 20th December 2016.

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