Postdoctoral scholar in microbial ecology


The Lankau research group at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is searching for a post-doctoral scholar to join our project in translational microbial ecology of agricultural soils. The project is a collaboration with Linda Kinkel of the University of Minnesota and Noah Rosenzweig of Michigan State University, and seeks to develop predictive models of potato yield and disease outcomes for potato growers based on soil physical, chemical, and biological properties (including microbial community composition and function). Beyond the applied goals, this position offers numerous opportunities to address fundamental questions about linkages between microbial community composition, diversity, and ecosystem functions. The post-doctoral scholar will take a lead role in the bioinformatic analysis, data management, and development and validation of predictive models based on data sets generated by the Lankau research group and their collaborators.

Applicants should have a PhD in ecology, microbiology, soil science, agronomy, or related fields, excellent written and oral communication skills, quantitative and analytical skills, and a track record of first-author publications in peer-reviewed journals. Applicants should have experience in cutting-edge data science approaches, traditional statistical modeling, and linking fundamental biological questions with practical outcomes for sustainable agriculture.

Experience with some combination of the following skills is preferred but not required:

  • Molecular characterization of microbial communities

  • Machine learning and predictive modeling

  • Statistical analyses of multivariate data

  • Field and greenhouse experimentation with plants

Funding is available for one year, with a possible extension for a second year depending on satisfactory performance. Salary is set at $47,500/year and includes health and other benefits.

For questions, please contact Dr. Lankau will also be attending the Ecological Society of America meeting this year in Louisville, KY and is happy to meet with interested candidates in person.

To apply send a cover letter and CV to Applications are accepted until the position is filled. The start date is flexible, but preference will be given to candidates who can start in Fall 2019.