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Postdoc: Plant-Soil-Microbe Interactions in Sustainable Bioenergy

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Academic Level:
Postdoc & Early Career

A postdoctoral position is available at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign as part of the Center for Advanced Bioenergy and Bioproducts Innovation (CABBI).

The postdoc will support research on plant-soil-microbe interactions in bioenergy cropping systems with a focus on carbon (C) biogeochemistry, including determining fate of oil-enhanced crop residues, interrogating plant and microbial traits that enhance soil C storage, and investigating controls on C cycling in deep soil. Duties include designing and conducting field and laboratory experiments, developing and testing stable isotope methods for investigating plant-soil-microbe interactions, coordinating research activities with a large team of collaborators, supervising technicians and undergraduates, and writing manuscripts.

The postdoc will work with Drs. Wendy Yang and Evan DeLucia and be housed in the Institute for Genomic Biology.

Required Qualifications:

Ph.D. or equivalent in ecology, biogeochemistry, soil science, or related field - Experience with laboratory and field work - Strong English writing and oral communication skills - Strong organizational skills - Ability to work in a collaborative environment - Ability to travel to research sites in Iowa and locations in the eastern U.S. for short sampling campaigns - Valid driver's license

Strong candidates will also possess:

Strong publication record from their Ph.D. (papers published, in press, or submitted) - Experience with natural abundance or tracer stable isotope techniques - Experience with method development or tinkering with major instrumentation (e.g., isotope ratio mass spectrometer, quantum cascade laser) - Creativity, independence, and the desire to learn new things.

Annual renewal for up to four years is dependent on funding and individual progress. Position includes competitive salary and full benefits.
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Application Deadline: 6/1/2023

Program Dates: 8/1/2023

Participating Institution(s):
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University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (Lead)

Program Materials:
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This Program can be Described by:
Academic Disciplines:
Crop & Soil Sciences
Environmental Sciences
Geological Sciences
Natural Resources

Bioenergy Crops
Isotope Ecology
Isotope Geochemistry
Soil Science

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This program is funded by:
U.S. Dept. of Energy (DOE)

Page last updated 5/21/2023
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