Post-doc in Microbial Ecology

Uppsala (SE)
16 Nov 2016
End of advertisement period
09 Dec 2016
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Post-doc in Microbial Ecology

Community ecology of soil fungi after forest fire

Department of Soil and Environment
A post-doc position in Microbial Ecology is available at the Department of Soil and Environment within the Faculty of Natural Resources and Agricultural Sciences, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Uppsala. This announcement is part of a major promotion of post-docs at the Faculty. The Department of Soil and Environment pursues research, education and environmental assessment work related to soil and its sustainable use. The majority of the department’s operations and employees are located in Uppsala, but some activities are carried out in Skara. The Soil Biology research group offers a vital, international environment with a strong research profile that spans molecular microbial ecology, ecosystem ecology and environmental biogeochemistry. The project is part of a larger collaborative venture to investigate ecosystem recovery after the Västmanland fire in 2014 — the largest Swedish forest fire in modern times. Frontline molecular techniques will be used to assess fire impacts on fungal transformations of organic matter and soil nutrients. The position is based at the Department of Soil and Environment, Uppsala, Sweden (http://www.slu.se/institutioner/mark-miljo/), with laboratory work next door at the Biocenter, in collaboration with SciLifeLab.

Duties: The holder of this post-doc position will assess fungal communities in soil samples based on sequencing of molecular markers, combined with bioinformatic analyses and database comparisons. Fungal biomass will be assessed by ergosterol analyses and the activity of enzymes involved in organic matter decomposition will be estimated using molecular probes. Data will be explored by multivariate statistics, in relation to an ecological gradient in fire severity, and interpreted in an ecosystem context of organic matter decomposition and nutrient cycling.

Qualifications: The applicant should hold a PhD in biology specialising in molecular microbial ecology. Knowledge of fungal ecology, forest ecology and soil processes and previous experience of working with next generation sequencing techniques on microbial communities will count as merits. A postdoctoral position is a qualifying appointment for junior researchers, intended primarily for those who have obtained a doctorate within the past three years

Place of work: Uppsala

Form of employment:  Temporary employment 6 months or longer,
A postdoctoral position is limited to two years.

Extent: 100%

Starting date: By agreement

Application: We welcome your application marked with Ref no. SLU ua 2016.2.5.1-4211.

 Please submit your application to the Registrar of SLU, P.O. Box 7070, SE-750 07 Uppsala, Sweden or registrator@slu.se no later than December 9, 2016.

Specific documents attached: Should be written in English and contain: 1) An up-to-date CV, including a list of publications, 2) proof of PhD degree and 3) a description of past research, current research interests and areas of research the applicant wants to develop further (max. 3 A4 pages). The names and contact information for at least two references must be provided.

SLU is an equal opportunity employer.

The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) develops the understanding and sustainable use and management of biological natural resources. The university ranks well internationally within its subject areas. SLU is a research-intensive university that also offers unique degree programmes in for example rural development and natural resource management, environmental economics, animal science and landscape architecture.

SLU has just over 3,000 employees, 5,000 students and a turnover of SEK 3 billion. The university has invested heavily in a modern, attractive environment on its campuses in Alnarp, Umeå and Uppsala.