We are looking for a Postdoctoral Research Associate to study microbial impacts on the ecology of native and invasive plant species. This position will support Dr. Jeff Brady’s lab at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research Center in Stephenville, TX.
Dr. Brady’s lab focuses on microbial interactions in plants/soil/environment.
The successful candidate skill set will include one or more of the following:
• Demonstrated ability to design and conduct experiments leading to publications on plant/microbe interactions, environmental microbiology, or plant genetics
• Ability to install/maintain/utilize bioinformatics packages on local computers, and ability to access and utilize remote high-performance computing resources for data analysis
• Excellent written and oral communications skills and a passion for working in a team environment with undergraduate/graduate students and collaborating scientists
Candidates must currently hold a Ph.D. in microbiology, molecular biology, genetics, bioinformatics, plant biology, soil and crop science, biochemistry, chemistry, biological engineering, agricultural engineering, or other relevant disciplines.
Preferred experience and abilities include (but, not limited to):
• Microbial isolation/culture/storage methods
• Molecular techniques including qPCR, 16S/ITS metagenomics, shotgun metagenomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, metabolomics, reduced representation sequencing, whole genome sequencing, and associated bioinformatics for each
• Studies of plant community ecology, particularly native plants
• Greenhouse/growth chamber studies of plants
• Ability to operate a motor vehicle and independently collect environmental samples.
• Physical requirements include the ability to walk alone on uneven ground through tall vegetation while carrying 25 pounds, stooping, squatting, bending, twisting, standing, digging, and visually identifying grass species while collecting.
• Ability to travel to main campus to access laboratory core facilities and postdoc association
• Analysis of nutrients, antibiotics and microbial pathogens from plants/soil/environment
• Experimental design/Statistical analysis
• Publication in the relevant research areas
The position is for one year with possible renewal based on performance and continued availability of funding. The start date is flexible (preferred from January to June 2021). Competitive salary is supplemented with fringe and benefits.
Please email a cover letter, cv, copies of two representative scientific manuscripts, and contact information for 3 references to email@example.com. Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.