RA/postdoc position (nematology) at NREL

Andy Parsons andy at nrel.colostate.edu
Tue Jun 16 13:48:53 EST 1998


Research Associate, Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory. Research
projects are focused on elucidating the function of soil biodiversity,
with emphasis on soil nematodes, in managed and unmanaged ecosystems
(for example, Antarctic dry valleys, grasslands and agricultural

Ph.D. required in plant nematology, nematode ecology, plant pathology,
soil ecology, microbial ecology, plant pathology, or a related field.
Background in soil ecology and nematology.

We require a post-doctoral researcher to work on 2 NSF funded research
projects. The first of these is the McMurdo dry valley LTER in
Antarctica. Our research focuses on the distribution, abundance and
community structure of the soil biota in the dry valleys. The second
project aims to identify ecosystem controls on soil biodiversity. This
project involves collaborators from the US and the UK, with field at the
Konza LTER site in Kansas. The successful applicant will be expected to
provide scientific leadership for these projects, in conjunction with
the PIs and project manager.

Responsibilities include the establishment and maintenance of field and
laboratory experiments, in addition to:

Supervision of research associates and student workers
Collecting and processing soil samples to determine biotic, chemical and
physical properties
Nematode and/or soil microbial extraction
Identification and enumeration of free-living and plant parasitic
Coordinate data entry, assist with data analysis
Participation in preparing research proposals and papers
Statistical analysis
Utilization of computer software for spreadsheet analysis, word
processing, routine statistical analysis, graphics, and communications

It is essential that the candidate possess interpersonal and
communication skills for working with other members of the laboratory in
a team effort. Additional preferred skills include experience in any of
the following:

Proven ability to write manuscripts
Isolation, purification, and maintenance of laboratory microbial
Biogeochemical soil analysis.
Molecular applications in soil ecology

EXPECTED START DATE: September 1 1998

SALARY RANGE: $28,000 - $30,000

Application deadline July 24th, 1998. Forward complete curriculum vitae,
description of research interests and goals, and the names, addresses,
and phone numbers of three references to:

Dr. Andrew Parsons
Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1499
FAX: (970) 491-1965

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Andy Parsons, NREL, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO
                Tel +1 970 491 1098 | Fax +1 970 491 1965
              andy at NREL.ColoState.EDU | aparsons at lternet.edu

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