Open Position: Postdoctoral Research Associate in Plant-Microbe Interactions
We are hiring a post-doctoral research associate to study the chemical and agricultural ecology of plant-microbe interactions in apples. The successful applicant will collaborate on USDA and FFAR-funded research that examines how agricultural practices in apple orchards impact the fruit microbiome and the downstream consequences for fruit chemistry/quality, cider fermentation, and human health. The post-doc will be based in the Whitehead Lab and collaborate with multiple other research groups with diverse expertise, including Amanda Stewart (VT Food Science and Technology), Jacob Lahne (VT Food Science and Technology), Rob Knight (UC San Diego), Michael Wisniewski (VT Biology), Samir Droby (The Volcani Center, Israel), and Shiri Freilich (The Volcani Center, Israel). The post-doc will mentor students and lead diverse research activities in both the field and lab, including orchard surveys across the eastern US, experiments in our new research orchard, culture-dependent and culture-independent characterization of microbial communities, and phytochemical analyses of fruits and cider. The exact start date is negotiable between Nov 2020 and Feb 2021. With the application, please include a CV, a brief cover letter that includes a statement of interest and what you could contribute to the project, and a list of three references with contact info. Questions should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Review of applications will begin Oct. 1 and continue until the position is filled.
*Qualifications* A PhD in ecology, plant science, microbiology, or a related field.
*Additional desirable experience* Please note that any of these skills would be helpful, but we do not expect candidates to have experience in all these areas. If you have a PhD and an interest in plant-microbe interactions and agroecology, please apply! -Strong writing skills and evidence of ability to carry projects through to publication -Experience with DNA extractions, PCR, amplicon sequencing, and bioinformatics pipelines -Experience with culture-based microbial community analysis, maintaining culture collections, and conducting laboratory bioassays -Experience designing and carrying out field experiments -Background in analytical chemistry techniques such as HPLC -Bioinformatic and statistical skill-set including programming/data analysis in R -Experience with supervision/mentorship of student researchers -Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in science -Strong organization skills and experience managing project logistics such as travel, scheduling project personnel, maintaining equipment, and ordering/organizing supplies
*To apply* Qualified applicants must electronically submit an online application at http://careers.pageuppeople.com/968/cw/en-us/job/514205/postdoctoral-associate. The application should include a CV, a brief cover letter that includes a statement of interest and what you could contribute to the lab, and a list of three references with contact info. Questions should be directed to email@example.com. Review of applications will begin on Oct. 1, 2020 and continue until the position is filled. Virginia Tech is committed to building a culturally diverse faculty and strongly encourages applications from women and minorities.
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Graduate Research Opportunities Interested in graduate studies (MS or PhD) in our lab? Please see the research section to learn more about current projects in the lab and read a few of our publications. If you have research interests that overlap with mine, please send me a brief letter describing your background and research interests and include a current CV. Also, please take the time to read this very helpful advice to prospective students (written by Deane Bowers at U of Colorado, but the same principles apply here). Graduate students will be supported with a combination of research and teaching assistantships in the Department of Biological Sciences. All students are also encouraged to apply for external fellowships such as the National Science Foundation Pre-doctoral Fellowship (https://www.nsfgrfp.org).
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