The postdoc will work with our CABBI team, Emily Heaton (Agronomy), Andy Vanloocke (Agronomy), and Adina Howe (Ag Bio Engr) as part of a broader team of soil scientists, ecologists, physiologists, ecosystem modelers, and engineers in the CABBI Sustainability Theme.
DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:Â The successful candidate will study fundamental and applied aspects of crop and soil influences on microbial ecology, nutrient cycling, and water quality. This work will be done through a combination of laboratory and field experiments. In the field, the candidate will use monitored drainage plots to develop quantitative estimates of nutrient and water use under biomass crops that will inform agroecosystem models. The successful candidate will contribute to an environmental and economic modeling team that will use these estimates in process-based and economic models.
Inquiries about the position should be sent to Dr. Howe.
Required Minimum Qualifications:
Ph.D. degree in Soil Science, Plant Science, Agricultural Engineering, Ecology, Agronomy, or a relevant field of microbiology, water resources, or nutrient system analysis
Demonstrated skills in leading experimental work in the lab and field
Applicants with experiences in plant/soil/microbe relations modeling, ecosystem modeling, bioinformatics, and/or biogeochemical modeling are encouraged to apply
Department/Program & College Description:
One of the major challenges the world faces is how to provide sustainable sources of energy that meet societal needs as the population continues to grow. The Center for Advanced Bioenergy and Bioproducts Innovation (CABBI) will develop efficient ways to grow bioenergy crops, transform biomass into valuable chemicals, and market the resulting biofuels and other bioproducts.
CABBI will integrate recent advances in agronomics, genomics, and syntheticÂ and computational biology to increase the value of energy crops â using a âplants as factoriesâ approach to grow fuels and chemicals in plant stems, an automated foundry to convert biomass into valuable chemicals, and ensuring that its products are ecologically and economically sustainable.Â This holistic approach will help reduce our nationâs dependence on fossil fuels, thus increasing national security.
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