Research Associate (Postdoc)

Position Type
Postdoc

Position Summary
A Research Associate (Postdoc) position is available to work with the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC), in the research lab of Alexandra Kravchenko.

The research will focus on micro-scale mechanisms driving processes of soil carbon sequestration and N2O emissions in bioenergy cropping systems. It will aim specifically at deciphering interactions of soil physical processes with soil biology and biochemistry in plant-soil continua. The experimental component of the position will involve designing and carrying out innovative laboratory/greenhouse/field studies to understand how plant roots and rhizosphere properties of different bioenergy cropping systems affect protection of soil C and production and emission of N2O. Pore architecture will be studied using X-ray computed micro-tomography, while soil C processes and fluxes will be studied by a combination of stable and radio-isotope techniques with micro-scale physical methods. Processes driving N2O production will be addressed by a combination of stable isotope analyses with other tools, e.g., X-ray computed micro-tomography analyses combined with for N2O site preference and will involve monitoring GLBRC field plots at multiple experimental locations.

The successful candidate will have a PhD in Soil and/or Environmental Sciences, or closely related field. Required skills include experience with X-ray computed tomography scanning, demonstrated proficiency with computed tomography image analyses used for identification of soil physical characteristics and soil pore architecture, and in-depth knowledge of plant-soil interactions. Expertise in stable isotope theory and applications in plant, soil, and environmental sciences is a must. A track record of publication in quality peer-review journals is desirable. Demonstrated creativity, independence, and excellent communication skills, both written and oral are expected.

The position is for one year, with possibility of extension, contingent upon continued funding and satisfactory job performance. An excepted start date is December 1, 2020.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree
Doctorate -Soil and/or Environmental Sciences

Minimum Requirements
Ph. D. in Soil and/or Environmental Sciences or related field; expertise in stable isotope theory and applications in plant, soil, and environmental sciences; experience with X-ray computed tomography scanning; demonstrated proficiency with computed tomography image analyses used for identification of soil physical characteristics and soil pore architecture,; in-depth knowledge of plant-soil interactions.

Desired Qualifications
A track record of publication in quality peer-review journals, demonstrated creativity and ability to work independently, and excellent communication skills, both written and oral.

Application Instructions:
Please submit a cover letter (1-2 pages) highlighting how past experience and academic training align with the position; a curriculum vitae including a list of all peer-reviewed publications and scientific presentations; and the names and contact information for three references.

All applications must be submitted through the MSU Careers Website. To access this posting, please use this link: https://careers.msu.edu/en-us/job/503904/research-associatefixed-term

Deadline to Apply