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Postdoc Soil carbon dynamics

We now seek to strengthen our team with additional expertise on soil organic carbon dynamics.  The successful candidate will focus on the role of soil biota in organic carbon transformations (pools) in association with soil structure and aggregate fractions. The person will contribute to the evaluation and development of methods and indicators for soil organic carbon stabilization and assessment of soil functions in agricultural soils.   
The portfolio for this position will be split into four key areas;

  1. Education – the post-doc will contribute 20% of his/her time to teaching with a focus on soil carbon dynamics.

  2. Externally funded research – the post-doc will join existing research projects for 35% of his/her time, focussed on the role of soil organic carbon.

  3. Development of new project proposals - The post-doc will be encouraged to develop new proposals with the support of the Soil Biology group, this will utilise 35% of his/her time.

  4. Contribute to the Soil Biology Group discussions and activities (10%).

    Existing research projects include topics such as; the application of organic waste amendments for soil carbon stabilization and trade-off/ synergies with nutrient provision and climate resilience (EU projects), evaluating methods for the assessment of carbon dynamics in soil quality/health assessment (trans-atlantic project).

Close date: 14 November 2018

PhD student in Physical Geography: Effects of Soil-Carbon Management and Climate on Belowground Biodiversity

This project is funded under the research area Biodiversity and climate (RA8) within the Bolin Centre for Climate Research at Stockholm University. The project aims to investigate the effects of ecosystem management for carbon (C) –through compost and biochar amendments–on middle Swedish grassland ecosystems. Numerous studies have shown positive amendment effects on soil C sequestration and grassland productivity. These effects have been attributed to changes in soil properties, including increased soil moisture and higher soil organic matter storage. However, there is very little knowledge regarding the effects of such amendments on grassland plant community composition, plant rooting patterns, soil microbial biodiversity or ecosystem resilience to extreme weather events. The student will work, as part of a team, to set up and manage a long-term field experiment to assess the effects of soil amendments on belowground biodiversity – here defined as root biodiversity and soil microbial diversity – and its drought-spell resilience in managed grasslands. In addition to the field experiment, the student will conduct regional geographical analyses to assess the feasibility of broad-scale amendment application with biochar and compost in middle Swedish Grasslands.

Close date: 05 November 2018

Post-doctoral Research Associate: (Davis, CA) USDA-ARS

The incumbent will be part of a team investigating how the biological, physical and chemical environment of the wine grape production system leads to specific chemical and sensory traits in wine. The incumbent will build on existing research on the mechanisms that drive microbial composition and function of wine systems. The incumbent will examine how climate, soil characteristics and management practices affect soil microbiomes; determine if soil microbiomes are a source of grape and wine microbiomes; and develop quantitative models to examine linkages among vineyard site metrics, berry metrics, and chemical and sensorial wine characteristics. The work will occur in partnership with a major California winery, which has provided access to wine grapes of the same genotype across vineyards situated along longitudinal transect between southern California and Oregon. Two years of data pertaining to the incumbent’s objectives have been collected from these vineyards, including: land use history, soil and grape must microbiomes, climate and edaphic characteristics, FTIR spectra of soil organic matter; chemical analysis of grape must, fermentations and wine; and sensory analysis of the wine. The incumbent will have the opportunity to design innovative experiments related to the following topics: 1) determining the roles of soil physical and chemical attributes, microbiome composition and activity, and soil nutrient transformations and availability in supporting vine health and berry ripening; 2) identifying the functional relationship among soil microbiomes, soil organic matter composition and quantity, and management practices in these vineyards that effectively shape soil microbiomes; and/or 3) developing predictive models among rootstock genotype, soil systems and vineyard management (e.g. irrigation with degraded water sources, cover crops, compost).  

To qualify, the applicant must be a permanent resident or U.S. Citizen. An applicant does not need to have a completed Ph.D. to apply, but the degree must be completed before an official offer letter can be issued.

Please use this link to see official details on the position, required qualifications and how to apply:

Graduate Position:  Forest Ecosystem/Soil Ecology

Location: Department of Environmental and Plant Biology at Ohio University

Graduate positions (prefer PhD) are available to study how nutrient limitation influences forest ecosystem processes for Spring 2019. The project will leverage a nine-year field fertilization experiment that has enriched ecosystem phosphorus in an otherwise low phosphorus region. The main area of novel study is understanding how phosphorus influences the stabilization of soil organic matter and its role in mediating the nitrogen cycle. Other possible research areas include, but not limited to, plant-microbial interactions, forest productivity, and litter decomposition. Ideal candidates will be broadly trained in terrestrial ecology, but should have a background in plant ecology, soil ecology, biogeochemistry, or a related field. 

Please contact Dr. Jared DeForest ( in the Department of Environmental and Plant Biology at Ohio University for details on applying or research projects. 

Postdocs (Illinois): Techno-economic Analysis (TEA) and Biorefinery Design

Location: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Illinois. USA. 

Apply as soon as possible. 

Postdoc (Illinois): Plant Systems Biology and Bioinformatics for Designing Feedstocks

Location: University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign, Illinois. USA. 

Apply as soon as possible. 

Postdoc (Illinois): Plant Genome Informatics for Feedstock Crop Engineering

Location: University of Ilinois at Urbana- Champaign, Illinois. USA.  

Apply as soon as possible. 

Postdoc (Illinois): Genomics and Breeding of Miscanthus and Miscanes for Bioenergy

Location: University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign, Illinois. USA.

Apply as soon as possible. 

Postdoc (Illinois): High-throughput Phenotyping of Field-grown C4 Crops

Location: University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign, Illinois. USA. 

Apply as soon as possible. 

Postdoc (Illinois): Analyzing and Engineering Sugar Flux for Feedstocks

Location: University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign, Illinois. USA.

Apply as soon as possible. 

Research Leaders (Fellowship)- 2025


Months 1 – 18 hosted in an academic or non-academic organisation of their choice worldwide (outside of Ireland). 

Months 19 – 36 hosted at a Teagasc research centre in Ireland

Post Doctoral Fellow- Invasion Ecophysiology and Restoration

Location: Clemson University, Clemson, SC. USA. 

Postdoctoral Position: Department of Soil, Water and Environmental Science at the University of Arizona

Location: The University of Arizona, AZ. 

Interested candidates should contact Dr. Julie Neilson ( or Dr. Albert Barberán (

An exciting interdisciplinary postdoctoral position focused on metagenome analysis of the arid soil microbiome is available in the Department of Soil, Water and Environmental Science at the University of Arizona. Specifically, the individual will use metagenome analysis to gain knowledge concerning the unique functional biogeochemical-cycling capacity of the arid soil microbiome and to assess the impact of aridity stress on this functional capacity. We are looking for a postdoc with strong bioinformatics and computer programming skills and an interest in functional gene annotation of soil microbial communities. The individual will couple known variations in the phylogenetic diversity of the soil microbiome associated with different geographic regions to its genetic and functional capacity. Emphasis in this project is placed on below- and above-ground links between the genetic functional capacity of the soil microbiome and plant and ecosystem status.

The individual will have the unique opportunity to join a diverse interdisciplinary team of scientists focused on understanding interactions between the genetic capacity of the soil microbiome and environmental forces critical to engineering degraded-land recovery in arid ecosystems. The research team includes microbial ecologists, Drs. Julie Neilson and Raina Maier, bioinformatics and data analysis specialist, Dr. Albert Barberán, hydrologist, Dr. Peter Troch, soil chemist, Dr. Jon Chorover, and environmental engineer, Dr. Kim Ogden. The postdoc position is for one year with a second year contingent on satisfactory progress. Links to the lab web pages of the research team are listed below:


Funding Opportunities


Grant Pre-Information: European Joint Programme on agricultural soil management

As part of the Horizon 2020 progamme, a European Joint Programme cofounding call will be opened on 16 October 2018 with proposal deadline of 23 January 2019. The call is for research proposals focused on improving agricultural soils ability to provide food security, climate change mitigation and adaptation, and additional ecosystem services. This research will advance European goals to reduce land degradation through soil erosion and soil organic matter loss, preserve soil fertility, and improve processes related to organic matter retention and accrual as well as water holding capacity. Successful proposals will incorporate novel technologies, farm-level accounting of emissions and carbon storage, and/or sustainable agricultural production to leverage European soils to meet global sustainability targets and goals. An EU contribution to a maximum 50% of the total eligible costs of the action or up to 40 million EUR is expected.

Click here for detailed information, including eligible countries and partners.