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Postdoc legume microbiome ecology - MSU

Postdoc legume microbiome ecology - MSU
Michigan State University
Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
East Lansing, Michigan,
One position for a postdoctoral research associate is available in the laboratory of Ashley Shade in the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics (
Seeking an excellent post-doctoral associate to conduct microbiome research to understand the drivers and consequences of phytobiome (plant-associated) communities, with a particular focus on legume crops of global importance for food and economic security. Strong quantitative skills and experience with bioinformatic and statistical analyses of microbial communities is expected, and a familiarity with ecological and evolutionary theories is desired. The successful applicant will be independent and motivated, and will hold a PhD in a field related to plant, soil, or microbial sciences, ecology, or bioinformatics/genomics.  S/he will have proven skills in microbiology and molecular laboratory techniques, as well as strong writing and communication skills. Experience in conducting field work and/or with plant- or soil- associated microbiomes will be considered favorably.  This position will involve global travel.
The position is for one year with a possibility of renewal for another 1-2 years. The postdoc will be part of the new Plant Resilience Institute ( at Michigan State. The Plant Resilience Institute Legume Project is being conducted by an interdisciplinary team of plant biologists, plant genomicists, microbial ecologists, and breeders, with a research focus on the challenges in legume production given changing climates and management practices. The successful applicant will conduct microbiome research as part of this interdisciplinary legume research effort, and will have the opportunity to interact with a wide range of researchers in ecology, evolution, microbiology, evolution, and plant and soil sciences.
Please send the statement describing relevant skills, research accomplishments, and research interests, a current CV, and contact information for three references to Ashley Shade (shadeash [-at-] Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.
More information available at:
Posted: September 4, 2016.