ORISE Fellowship in Soil Microbiology and the Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory in Hanover, NH

A fellowship position is available for one year with the possibility of extension, contingent on sufficient funding.  We are looking for a highly motivated researcher to join the soil microbiology team investigating the role of soil microorganisms in changing landscapes, contaminated remote biomes, and ancient ice samples.  The position includes laboratory and potentially some field assignments.  Field assignments may include remote locations.

All applicants must have a BSc or a MSc in a relevant field.

Research experience in next-generation sequencing and associated bioinformatics (e.g. QIIME) to sort through large data sets and expertise in statistical analysis of microbial processes are essential.  A strong interest in modeling biology is desirable.  An understanding of soil water potential and familiarity with soil chemistry and fertility concepts and techniques are also desirable.

Duties include developing experiments, conducting field work, and optimizing molecular methodologies, reagents and protocols, and enzyme and protein analyses.  Strong organizational as well as oral and written communication skills should be demonstrated.  The candidate will assist in generating data and subsequent analyses needed for model development in various soils and climates.

The position includes a competitive salary.

Please send your application (CV, three references, and cover letter highlighting your research interests and goals) by email toRobyn.A.Barbato@erdc.dren.mil.

Review of the applications will begin on February 27, 2015 and will continue until the position is filled.