The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Research Service (ARS), New England Plant, Soil, & Water Laboratory (NEPSWL), Orono, Maine, is seeking to fill a temporary Postdoctoral Research position in Molecular Biology/Microbiology (GS-11, Step 1, annual salary $64,009). The position involves the assessment, analysis, and interpretation of the soil microbiome associated with crop and soil management practices and enhanced cropping systems in potato and organic vegetable production systems using sophisticated molecular tools and techniques. The project would involve using high throughput DNA/RNA sequencing and bioinformatics analyses, in addition to various other tools, to determine changes and effects on soil fungal and bacterial microbial communities and their relationships with other soil health factors. In addition, the research would involve exploration and determination of specific microbial taxa associated with management practices and crop productivity, as well as taxa potentially responsible for suppression of soilborne diseases. Applicants must have a PhD in plant pathology, microbiology, molecular biology, bioinformatics, or a related field. Knowledge and hands-on experience with collection and handling of data from DNA/RNA extractions, amplicon sequencing of 16S, 18S, and ITS regions of rDNA, classification into OTUs, microbial taxonomies, and associated bioinformatics analyses are highly desirable. Certain citizenship restrictions apply (green card holders may be eligible to be considered). ARS-NEPSWL is located on the University of Maine Campus.
For more information contact Robert Larkin (Bob.Larkin@usda.gov). To apply send CV, contact info for 3 references, and a brief description of your background, experience, and career goals to Robert Larkin.
USDA-ARS conducts research to develop and transfer solutions to agricultural problems of high national priority and provide information access and dissemination to ensure high-quality, safe food, and other agricultural products,assess the nutritional needs of Americans,sustain a competitive agricultural economy, enhance the natural resource base and the environment, and provide economic opportunities for rural citizens, communities, and society as a whole.