Position Summary: Post-Doctoral Associates conduct research and/or service that provides further development of career skills or allows them opportunities to learn new research techniques. They are trained by and work in conjunction with a faculty mentor who determines the training agenda. The person in this position will take a lead role in managing a multi-faceted project including field, greenhouse, and laboratory components. The post-doctoral researcher will be responsible for collection of data in all three settings, and will integrate data on soil microbiomes, plant disease and yield, soil organic matter, and microbial phenotypic and genetic characteristics to enhance our understanding of the characteristics of soil microbiomes most conducive to healthy, high-yielding potato crops across diverse field settings. This research is part of a major, multi-state project focusing on optimizing potato productivity, and offers the opportunity to partner with growers, scientists, and post-docs across the United States. The work will contribute to advancing our fundamental understanding of organizing principles of microbiome assembly as well as the development of novel approaches for crop management. The post-doctoral researcher, in partnership with the advisor and relevant collaborators, will be expected to publish results of the research in a timely manner. Interactions with other scientists at the University of Minnesota and other institutions, including existing and new collaborators, will be encouraged.
Positions are limited to a period of three to five years, depending on training needs. Post-Doctoral Associates are receiving training while also performing services for the University of Minnesota, for which they are compensated.
Note: These are NOT positions to which permanent residency can be granted for international appointees.
Job Duties: (70%) Experimental research, data analyses and interpretation. (30%) Manuscript preparation, communication.
Required Qualifications: PhD in Plant Pathology, Microbiology, Ecology or related field. Individual may be immediate post-degree or returning for additional training, updating, and/or retooling. Limited to fields for which post-degree training is necessary for career entry.
Preferred Qualifications: Experience with microbiome analyses, microbial culturing, and fundamental concepts in plant pathology, ecology, and microbiology; experience in working in field settings, including agricultural or native habitats; familiarity with diverse approaches for soil analyses; experience with programming use R and/or Python; willingness to interact broadly with diverse scientists in a fast-paced laboratory setting; willingness to interact with growers in field settings; ability to work independently, accomplish project goals, and meet deadlines.
Internal Number: 328479
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