position available: A three-year
post-doctoral position is available in the Kinkel laboratory at the University
of Minnesota. We are seeking a post-doctoral
scientist to work on a new, multi-state project studying the relationships
between soil microbiome composition and functional characteristics and potato
health and productivity. Research plots
will be established within grower fields, and analyses will consider amplicon
sequencing and genomics approaches for characterizing soil microbiomes, as
well as pathogen population assessments and metrics of pathogen suppressive
populations in relation to potato diseases and yield across three states. Diverse strategies for managing soil
microbiomes, including the use of microbial inoculants, will also be evaluated
in grower fields. In total, this project
will provide critical information on the potential for microbiome management to
support healthy potato production in the north-central U.S.
Preferred Qualifications:Experience with field research; experience with microbiome analyses, microbial culturing, and fundamental concepts in plant pathology, ecology, and microbiology; experience in field research; experience with programming using R and/or Python; willingness to interact broadly with diverse scientists in a fast-paced laboratory setting; strong abilities to work independently, to accomplish goals, and to meet deadlines.
Application instructions: Individuals should apply through the University of Minnesota website (https://www.myu.umn.edu/psp/psprd/EMPLOYEE/HRMS/c/HRS_HRAM.HRS_APP_SCHJOB.GBL?Page=HRS_APP_SCHJOB&Action=U&FOCUS=Applicant&SiteId=1), position #325971. Any questions, please contact Linda Kinkel ( ).