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TITLE: Assistant Professor of Soil Microbiology, Regular Title Series
RESPONSIBILITIES: This is a tenure eligible position with a 12-month appointment and approximately 70% research, 25% teaching, and 5% service responsibilities. The annual DOE will be aligned with this colleague’s strengths and college/department needs. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2023.
Research: Our new colleague will develop an interdisciplinary, innovative research program in soil microbiology/microbial ecology. Scholars whose interests include the following are encouraged to apply: the importance of soil microbes in providing ecosystem/critical zone services, the microbiome and soil health, microbial biodiversity-function relationships, plant-soil-microbe relationships, impact of climate change on soil microbial communities, coupling microbial and biogeochemical models, soil microbial impact on the hydrologic cycle, and/or the role of microbes in remediation of contaminated soils. Scientists whose skillset incorporates state-of-the art approaches, such as molecular, spectroscopic, genomics, bioinformatics, and/or high-resolution imagery, as well as more traditional soil microbial and nutrient cycling techniques (especially those related to soil nitrogen cycling and soil health assessment) are encouraged to apply.
Teaching: This faculty member will contribute to the growing Agricultural Ecosystem Sciences and Natural Resources and Environmental Science undergraduate degree programs. Teaching will include a course in soil microbiology plus courses in other soil microbiome-related topics. The incumbent will also mentor MS and PhD students in the Integrated Plant & Soil Sciences graduate degree program.
Applicants must have an earned doctorate in microbiology, ecology, soil science, biogeochemistry, or a related field, with a focus on soil microbiology/microbial ecology. Post-doctoral experience is desirable. Evidence of strong written and oral communication skills is required. It is expected that the incumbent will obtain extramural funding to support a vigorous research program.