Postdoctoral Fellow in Soil Microbiology

Updated: about 23 hours ago
Location: Fort Collins, COLORADO
Deadline: 04 Oct 2021

Posting Details
Working Title Postdoctoral Fellow in Soil Microbiology
Position Location Fort Collins, CO
Research Professional Position Yes
Posting Number 202101008AP
Position Type Admin Professional/ Research Professional
Classification Title Postdoctoral Fellows
Number of Vacancies 1
Work Hours/Week 40
Proposed Annual Salary Range $50,000 - $60,000
Employee Benefits
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Desired Start Date 10/01/2021
Position End Date (if temporary)
To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) on 10/04/2021
Description of Work Unit
The Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory (NREL) is a research and teaching unit at Colorado State University with a mission “to ensure the sustainability of the Earth’s ecosystems through the generation and application of new knowledge.” The department’s interdisciplinary, ecosystem research promotes collaborations among disciplines and across fields of expertise at CSU and throughout the world. As a soft-money research unit, this role is critical to ensure adequate funding to sustain its vital role in the research community both locally and across the globe.
Position Summary
The Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory seeks a postdoctoral researcher in the field of microbial metabolism to work as part of a larger team on several related projects intended to better understand carbohydrate anabolism and catabolism in soil organisms and the environment. This research theme, supported by grants from the USDA, the Keck Foundation, and the Grantham Foundation, engages several units across campus, including the NREL, the Ecosystem Science and Sustainability department, the Materials and Molecular Analysis Center (part of the CSU Analytical Resources Core), the department of Chemistry, the WM Keck Metabolism Collective and others. 
The primary goal of this position is to isolate and identify soil microorganisms capable of novel carbohydrate anabolism and catabolism and to understand how and why these microorganisms carry out these functions. To that end, the researcher will (1) use analytical platforms for understanding and characterizing the metabolic pathways by which rare carbohydrates are synthesized and consumed with the goal of (2) functionally characterizing these organisms, processes, enzymes, and genes. 
These positions are initially for one year with the potential for a one- to two-year extension based on performance. 
Required Job Qualifications
• Candidates should have completed Ph.D. degree in Biochemistry, Microbial Ecology, Microbiology, Microbial Physiology, or other closely related field at time of application.
• Mass spectrometry experience
• Sound understanding of central carbon metabolism
• Experience elucidating novel biosynthetic pathways
• Demonstrated potential for independent research
• Excellent work ethic, ability to work independently and in a team
• Demonstrated ability to synthesize information and publish in peer-reviewed journals
Preferred Job Qualifications
• Experience with microbial physiology and microbial interactions with the environment
• Experience with stable isotope-assisted metabolomics
• Experience with proteomics
• Advanced knowledge of carbohydrate transformations and transformation rates
• Previous experience working with soil organic matter cycling and stabilization 
• Experience supervising students or other lab employees
Diversity Statement
Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Essential Duties


Job Duty Category Research
Duty/Responsibility
Conduct soil and culture-based experiments to understand transformations of rare sugars.
Characterize small molecules and protein products that are involved in rare sugar metabolism.
Train and supervise activities of RAs and student hourlies. 
Percentage Of Time 75
Job Duty Category Project Management
Duty/Responsibility
Manage timelines of many experiments that are all dependent on each other by close interaction and communication with all project participants to ensure project success within the allocation time allotted 
Percentage Of Time 10
Job Duty Category Manuscript Writing
Duty/Responsibility
Write primary research manuscripts, potential review papers and white papers by synthesizing, analyzing and interpreting the results to effectively disseminate the results to the scientific community as well as the public. 
Work with team members to develop outlines and draft text for peer-review manuscripts.
Submit manuscripts to peer review journals and address comments from reviewers. 
Percentage Of Time 10
Job Duty Category Grant Proposal Writing
Duty/Responsibility
Develop new ideas in collaboration with supervisor.
Assist with the writing grant proposals to state, federal, industry and other granting institutions to acquire future funding for this position. 
Percentage Of Time 5

Special Instructions to Applicants
Application materials consist of the following:
CV
Cover letter
Three references.
References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.
Conditions of Employment Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires)
Search Contact rich.conant@colostate.edu
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