Postdoctoral Researcher in soil microbiology: UK
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About the role
This position is available in the field of soil microbiology, plant diseases and the application of bio-inoculants in horticulture within the H2020-funded EXCALIBUR project in Dr Jungblut’s and Dr David Bass’s research teams at the Life Sciences Department, Natural History Museum, London.
The project aims to gain a better knowledge of underground soil biodiversity including prokaryotes, microbial eukaryotes, and microfungi, and their synergistic effects with prebiotic and probiotic approaches in horticulture. Soil microbial bio-inoculants and bio-effectors will be tested on three model crops of economic importance such as tomato, apple, and strawberry under different experimental and open-field conditions across Europe, and the feedback effect of and on native soil biodiversity will be monitored.
The work will provide an excellent opportunity for a post-doctoral research scientist to apply cutting-edge microbial community analysis techniques to investigate the relationship between soil microbial communities, plant diseases, microbial inoculants, environmental drivers and biogeography in horticulture.
The postdoctoral research scientist will take a leading role in the assessment of soil microbiology, microbe-plant interactions and plant diseases across study sites, as well as in the monitoring of the response of soil microbial assemblages, plant endophytes and rhizosphere in tomato, strawberries and apples on microbial inoculants during the field trials and contrasting agricultural management practices.
The successful candidate will have Bachelor or Masters Degree in sciences, PhD in relevant discipline and knowledge of fundamental microbiological and molecular biological techniques.You will also have experience in working with environmental samples including DNA extraction and PCR, and with bioinformatic tools for microbial community structure analysis and metagenomics.
- DNA extractions from soil samples from experimental field sites for tomato, apples and strawberries across Europe
- Preparation of amplicons by PCR for next generation sequencing and DNA for metagenomics
- Bioinformatic analysis for microbial community structure analysis and phylogenetic interference using 16 rRNA gene, 18S rRNA gene and fungal ITS sequence data
- Data analysis using multiple statistical approaches and interpretation
- Presentation of data and writing of scientific articles and reports
- Enthusiasm to play an active role in project design
- Opportunities to participate in outreach and science communication
Full Job Description: https://careers.nhm.ac.uk/templates/CIPHR/jobdetail_1848.aspx
Contract: Fixed Term Contract: 26 months
Closing date: 09:00 on 3 February 2020
Interviews will be held on: w/c 17 February 2020
How to apply
If that sounds like you please apply online on the Natural History Museum’s careers portal, and provide:
- A comprehensive curriculum vitae giving details of relevant achievements in recent posts as well as your education and professional qualifications.
- A covering letter that summarises your interest in this post, providing evidence of your ability to match the criteria outlined in the person specification
- Please ensure your letter includes details of your latest salary and notice period.
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