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A postdoctoral position is available to investigate microbial communities in agricultural soils and their impacts on ecosystem function and stability. The postdoc position will be in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology (EEOB) at Iowa State University (ISU) and will be also be in collaboration with the Mathematics and Computer Science Division at Argonne National Laboratory. This postdoc will be joining the teams of Kirsten Hofmockel (ISU) and Adina Howe (Argonne National Laboratory). There are also opportunities to collaborate with the Genome Informatics Facility at ISU. This research will involve leveraging next-generation sequencing (metagenomics and metatranscriptomics) of field soils and soil enrichments to test hypotheses about microbial responses to land management and climate change as well as integrating results into current carbon models. Ideal candidates for this position will have experience in microbiology, microbial ecology, next generation sequencing, computational biology, statistics, and/or modeling. A strong enthusiasm for developing open-source computational and analytical approaches for exploring microbial ecology is highly required. The start date is flexible, with a preference for starting in Spring, 2014. Interested candidates should email questions or an application including a cover letter (less than one page), a CV, and a research statement (less than one page) to

I am seeking highly motivated doctoral students to join the Microbial Ecology research group in the Department of Ecology, Evolution & Organismal Biology (EEOB).

My research group studies the consequences of global change to plant and soil-microbial communities and ecosystem carbon and nitrogen cycling.  We are interested in identifying how microbial community structure relates to microbial physiology and function and connecting this understanding to field measurements of ecosystem processes. Newly funded projects include molecular techniques, stable isotope assays, bioinformatics, and trait-based modeling.  

Research experience and strong writing skills are desired. Successful candidates will receive a graduate student stipend, health insurance and full tuition scholarship for the duration of the program.

The application deadline for full consideration for competitively awarded fellowships, scholarships, and assistantships for the Fall 2014 term is 15 January 2014.

Students can be admitted through the interdepartmental Graduate Program in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB), the interdepartmental Program in Microbiology (Micro), Environmental Science (EnSci) or Sustainable Ag (SusAg).

Undergraduate Research Assistantship (URA) position available in the Hofmockel Microbial Ecology Lab ( assisting with laboratory and field work focused on linking microbial functional genes to landscape scale ecosystem processes. Applicants should be independent and highly motivated. Research experience in molecular techniques or physiological assays preferred, but not required. I encourage prospective students to contact me prior to submitting URA application (

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