As part of a new initiative in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences at NCSU, we are hiring 3 soils postdoctoral research positions related to mitigating climate change through soil carbon sequestration and GHG emission reduction. This collaborative project includes: examining microbial mechanisms controlling SOC sequestration and GHG emissions (2 Positions) andmonitoring and measuring GHG and SOC dynamics through a pipe-line approach from lab to field scale (1 Position). These postdoctoral associates would work on specific directives and would also actively collaborate between projects. See below for specific details on the respective positions.
Two Postdoctoral Research Associates in the Soil Microbial Ecology Lab, NC State University (Full-time temporary employment 2.5 years)
The Soil Microbial Ecology Lab is seeking two highly motivated postdoctoral research associates to develop bio-physical-chemical mechanisms underlying soil carbon sequestration, nitrogen retention, and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions mitigation following soil amendments of byproducts generated from bioenergy production systems. The successful candidates need to demonstrate strong expertise and skills in soil carbon and nitrogen transformations and dynamics. Major responsibilities include: (1) designing robust lab-scale experiments to assess soil texture-based potentials of byproducts in soil carbon sequestration, nitrogen retentions and GHG emissions mitigation; (2) using various tools (e.g., spectroscopy, microscopy, chromatography, next generation sequencing) to develop fundamental knowledge of byproduct traits-based controls on soil biochemical and biophysical processes; and (3) publishing research findings in high-quality journals. Qualifications: Ph.D. in a discipline relevant to soil carbon and nitrogen dynamics (e.g., biogeochemistry, microbiology, ecology); experience with contemporary techniques in soil physics, chemistry, and microbiology; and excellent writing and communication skills in English.
One Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Sustainable Soil Lab, NC State University (Full-time temporary employment 2 years)
We are seeking a highly motivated postdoctoral research associate to develop and expand the GHG program in the Sustainable Soils Lab on a range of scales from lab column studies to micrometeorological measurements. The successful candidate needs to demonstrate strong expertise in the measurement of GHG emissions, management of GHG analytical equipment, fundamental knowledge in nitrogen and carbon cycling and experience with field-based research. Major Responsibilities include: (1) Managing and expanding a continuous monitoring experiment using automated chambers for measurement of CO2, N2O, CH4, and NH3 located within a long-term study in eastern NC; (2) developing a controlled lab column design for continuous GHG measurements and SOC dynamics; (3) initiating and managing a field-scale micrometeorological experiment focused on sustainable soil management practices. Qualifications: Ph.D. in a discipline relevant to soil carbon and nitrogen dynamics, micrometeorology and agronomy; experience using and maintaining analytical equipment used to quantify GHGs and SOC; experience managing field experiments (preferably agricultural); and excellent writing and communication skills in English.
How to Apply:
Positions will remain open until three qualified candidates are identified or hired. For Applicants interested in the Microbial Ecology Lab please contact Dr. Wei Shi (firstname.lastname@example.org) and those interested in the Sustainable Soils Lab contact Dr. Alex Woodley (email@example.com). Please send an updated CV including a complete list of publications and a list of references.
The Crop and Soil Sciences Department works on principles and practices integral to the development of sustainable agricultural systems. Multi-disciplinary research investigates soils and agro-ecological processes underlying the functioning of sustainable systems. Communication with the agricultural community is integral to the definition of research problems and the transfer of technology.