Postdoctoral Opening: Plant-microbe community genomics

Postdoc in Ecological Plant Transcriptomics and Microbiome Analysis

The Friesen Lab in the Department of Plant Biology at Michigan State University is seeking highly motivated individuals to contribute to data analysis and manuscript preparation for two funded projects investigating the transcriptomic connections linking plant-plant competition and plant-microbiome interactions in legumes (collaborative with Sharon Strauss at UC Davis) and grasses (collaborative with Sarah Evans, Lisa Tiemann, and Jim Cole at MSU). The legume project is focused on questions related to niche evolution and species coexistence, while the grass project aims to understand plant-microbe resource exchange and nutrient cycling across diversity and fertility gradients.

Key qualifications include a strong statistical and computational background with the ability to ask creative questions. Familiarity with Illumina data and bioinformatics is desired but not essential–this could be a great opportunity for the right person to develop genomics expertise. Excellent communication and organizational skills are required along with a track record of timely publications.

Funding is initially available for one year with renewal based upon performance. The successful applicant would be encouraged to develop independent lines of research in accordance with an individualized mentoring plan. The Friesen lab is located in the Molecular Plant Sciences building which is designed to foster collaboration. Start date is flexible, ideally spring 2016 but earlier or later would be considered.

Please send a ~1 page statement of interest, CV, and contact info for 3 references to mfriesen@msu.edu .  Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled.