Postdoc in Soil Organic Matter Stabilization

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Post Doctorate RA - Soil Microbiome Bioinformatics in RICHLAND, Washington

Job Description

A Postdoctoral Research Associate position is available at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory for investigating fundamental processes and mechanisms underlying carbon utilization and stabilization within the terrestrial environment. The work will be performed at the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL) – a DOE national scientific user facility. The selected applicant will have the opportunity to gain experience in multi-omics driven science through utilization of the capabilities available at this world-renowned facility. Research will focus on the metagenomics, proteomics, metabolomics, and soil organic matter characterization of multiple terrestrial field sites and laboratory microcosm studies. Research will emphasize the integration of this multi-omics data with other biogeochemical measurements in order to understand, at the molecular level, the role plant species, nutrient addition and edaphic factors play on carbon mineralization and stabilization. Work as part of a multi-disciplinary team will involve taking a lead role in the processing, binning, assembly, and comparison of unlabeled and stable isotope labeled metagenomic data and other omics data in order to address fundamental hypotheses pertaining to soil organic matter, soil-carbon-mineral interactions, and biotic/abiotic processes.

Please include a cover letter with your CV. Cover letter and CV must be one document (LinkedIn CV not preferred). For additional information please contact Dr. Kirsten Hofmockel (email:


Minimum Qualifications

Candidates must have received a PhD within the past five years (60 months) or within the next 8 months from an accredited college or university.


Preferred Qualifications

The qualified candidate will have knowledge pertaining to the generation of metagenomic sequence data, experience using bioinformatics tools for processing, assembly, and annotation of metagenomic data, and basic understanding of soils and soil related processes. Laboratory experience working with and processing soils for biomolecular measurements is preferred Qualified candidates will have prior experience studying carbon cycling in terrestrial ecosystems. solid publications record in the scientific field described above, ability to collaborate effectively on teams; creative/innovative thinking; have excellent communication, oral presentation, and writing skills.

To be considered for this position, a track record of peer-reviewed publications pertaining to the terrestrial environment is required. A Ph.D. degree in biogeochemistry, microbiology (soils emphasis), environmental science/engineering (terrestrial environment emphasis) or related disciplines is required.


Equal Employment Opportunity

PNNL is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer that is committed to hiring a diverse, talented workforce. EOE Disability/Vet/M/F/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity. Staff at PNNL must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States.


Directorate: Earth & Biological Sciences

Job Category: Post-Graduates and Post-Docs

Group: Environmental Dynamics & Simul

Opening Date: 2017-10-24

Closing Date: 2017-11-15

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