A postdoctoral position is available in the Maier Environmental Microbiology research group for a highly motivated, creative and independent candidate with a PhD in Microbiology/ Microbial Ecology/Environmental Microbiology or related field. The candidate will be involved in multiple projects that address biogeochemical contributions of the soil microbiome to the sustainability of marginal arid ecosystems.

The primary research focus of this position will be the complex biogeochemical processes and plant-microbe interactions that occur during phytoremediation of pyritic mine wastes. Associated projects include the significance of the soil microbiome to dryland ecosystem sustainability and reclamation, and the production of biofuel crops in marginal soils. The successful candidate will integrate multiple molecular biology and bioinformatics tools such as metagenomics, metatranscriptomics, genome reconstruction, and qPCR to define dynamic contributions of specific members of the soil microbiome to geochemical (nutrient) cycling under diverse environmental conditions. The candidate must have strong problem solving and critical thinking skills and a desire to work independently as well as collaboratively with a fun and supportive team of earth microbiome scientists and biogeochemists housed in the Soil Water and Environmental Science and the Biosphere 2 programs at the University of Arizona.

The full description and application can be found at: https://uacareers.com/postings/19708

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