UMN Post Doctoral Associate
Three, three-year post-doctoral positions are available in the Kinkel laboratory at the University of Minnesota. One position will focus on leading research within a new, multi-state project studying the relationships between soil microbiome composition and functional characteristics and potato health and productivity (Job ID #328479). Amplicon sequencing data, pathogens, and pathogen suppressive populations will be evaluated across multiple states in relation to potato diseases and yield across diverse potato production systems. This project will provide critical information on the potential for microbiome management to support healthy potato production in the United States. Two additional positions will focus on ecological and evolutionary factors that mediate the composition and functional capacities of soil microbiomes to support plant productivity (Job ID # 327351). These projects utilize a unique, long-term, 5-species crop monoculture experiment to test predictions of a mechanistic model for the development of disease-suppressive microbiomes,and explore variation in the coevolutionary dynamics of soil microbiomes in response to diverse treatments. Both projects will integrate data on microbial community composition (amplicon sequencing), microbial functional characteristics, and soil chemical characteristics, including carbon profiles. This research will contribute to the development of novel strategies for managing soil microbiomes for enhanced crop productivity.
Preferred Qualifications: Experience with microbiome analyses, microbial culturing, and fundamental concepts in ecology, plant pathology, evolutionary biology, and microbiology; experience in field research; experience with programming using R and/or Python; willingness to interact broadly with diverse scientists in a fast-paced laboratory setting; ability to work independently, to accomplish goals, and to meet deadlines.
Individuals should apply through the University of Minnesota website: https://humanresources.umn.edu/content/find-job. Any questions, please contact Linda Kinkel (firstname.lastname@example.org).