Postdoc position available in the Berhe lab

Postdoctoral Scholar – Biogeochemistry, Soil Sciences
Job #JPF00154

School of Natural Sciences – Life & Environmental Sciences, University of California, Merced
A postdoctoral position in terrestrial biogeochemistry is available in the Berhe lab ( to work on interactive effects of fire and erosion on persistence of soil organic matter. The aim of this postdoctoral project is to investigate decomposition and incorporation in microbial biomass of fire altered or pyrogenic organic matter in order to further our understanding of the mechanisms that control pyrogenic organic matter and bulk organic matter persistence in the soil system. The initial appointment will be for one year and is renewable, depending on performance and availability of funding.
Candidates must have completed a Ph.D. in soil science, biogoechemistry, ecology, or related fields by January 1, 2014. Preference will be given to candidates who have experience working with enriched isotopes of carbon and nitrogen in soil, secondary ion mass spectroscopy (NanoSIMS), or X-ray spectroscopy [Scanning Transmission X-ray Microscopy (STXM) coupled with Near Edge X-ray Absorption Fine Structure spectroscopy (NEXAFS)]. The successful candidate must be driven, creative and has demonstrated experience with accomplishing established goals in a timely manner.

Initial review of applications will begin November 30, 2014. Recruitment will remain open until filled.

Interested applicants are required to submit 1) a cover letter 2) a curriculum vitae 3) a statement of research 4) a list of three references with contact information including mailing address, phone number, and e-mail address.


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