Job Postings

Opportunities in our lab…

Opportunities for Prospective Graduate Students:
I can accept graduate students to work with me through three different programs at UTK in the Department of Microbiology, the graduate program in Genome Science & Technology, and the new Bredesen Center program in Energy Science and Engineering.

Graduate student applications are welcomed and graduate students are full and integral team members on many of our projects. However while I greatly enjoy working with graduate students, this is not an opportunity/privilege that I take lightly. Committing to a graduate program and a specific adviser is a major development for you and your potential long term career prospects, as well as to the adviser and their time and larger research program. You should take the time to thoroughly investigate your potential advisers research at each place you apply, and understand that you are likely committing to a similar program of study not only for the next several years of graduate school, but long after graduation. If you are still interested and comfortable about making such a commitment after perusing the research interests and papers from our lab, please feel free to contact me about more details on such opportunities.

Internship Programs at ORNL and other DOE labs:
Applications are accepted through the DOE laboratory internship programs (HERE, SULI, CCI and VF). These are great opportunities for graduate students, recent graduates, undergraduates and educators to get hands on science experience, and we usually have a few folks working with us at ORNL under these programs each year. Most students come in the summer, but opportunities exist year around. Please alert me directly via email after your application is completed if you are interested in working in our lab, so I can contact the program office to review your application.

Program Summary is excerpted below:
The DOE Office of Science’s Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists (WDTS) leverages the expertise of its six research program offices and the unique capabilities at DOE’s laboratories to sponsor workforce training programs designed to motivate students and educators to pursue careers that will contribute to the Office of Science’s mission in discovery science and science for the national need. WDTS also partners and coordinates with other DOE program offices and other federal agencies in its workforce and STEM education efforts.

Opportunities for Prospective Postdoctoral Researchers:
No openings at present time.

Opportunities elsewhere… (posted periodically, and without warranty)

Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology 

Ecosystem Modeling Position.
Funding is available for a post-doctoral research associate in the Classen Lab in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Tennessee (UT) (see lab webpage: The post-doc will be expected to work collaboratively within an interdisciplinary research group on a project that will incorporate rhizosphere interactions and soil physical properties into a soil carbon degradation model.
Applicants must have a PhD in ecology or related field. Applicants with a proven track record in modeling and/or belowground processes are strongly encouraged to apply. Specifically, applicants with expertise in soil carbon or enzyme modeling will be given preference. Funding is available for one year with an additional two years possible pending funding. Preferred start date between November 15st and December 1st 2013. In addition to online application please include (in a single PDF) a CV, a statement of research interest and the names and contact information of three references by 1 November 2013 Attention: Aimée Classen.


Faculty position at UC Berkeley

The Department of Plant and Microbial Biology at the University of California, Berkeley, has an opening for an Assistant Professor (tenure track, nine-month appointment) starting July 1, 2014.

We seek a microbial biologist, who will develop a strong extramurally funded, nationally recognized research program in newly emerging areas of microbiology. Areas of particular interest include use of systems and/or synthetic biology approaches to the fundamental aspects of energy production, global geochemical cycles, anaerobic microbiology or marine microbiology. The desirable candidate will be expected to incorporate a broad spectrum of biochemical, computational, genomic, and proteomic technologies in their program linking microbial physiology to environmental function. The minimum qualifications required to be an applicant is the completion of all degree requirements except dissertation or equivalent by time of application. Candidates must have a Ph.D. or equivalent by the date of hire, a strong background in experimental microbiology and the ability to contribute to instruction at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The successful candidate will join a dynamic and diverse community of microbiologists on the UC Berkeley campus in the Microbial Biology Division (, the Graduate Group in Microbiology ( and the UC Berkeley Energy Biosciences Institute (

All reference letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality ( prior to submitting their letters.

Applications submitted after the deadline will not be accepted. Send questions to For additional information about the Department, the graduate programs and the campus visit and


Faculty Positions at Kansas State

Tenure Track Faculty Position in Evolutionary Biology
Assistant Professor

The Division of Biology, Kansas State University invites applications
for a tenure-track position in Evolutionary Biology at the Assistant
Professor level beginning in the 2014-2015 academic year.

We seek candidates addressing fundamental, cutting-edge questions in
Evolutionary Biology who will complement the existing strengths in
the Division of Biology and across campus. The candidate’s research
program may focus on any taxon or study system using techniques,
theory and analysis appropriate for successful resolution of the questions.
Minimum requirements include a Ph.D. and post-doctoral experience in
evolutionary biology at the time of appointment and demonstrated
research accomplishments. Successful candidates will be expected to
demonstrate a strong commitment to excellence in scholarship, to
develop an innovative and independent extramurally-funded research
program, and to contribute collaboratively to interdisciplinary
research. Expectations also include teaching and mentoring a diverse
population of undergraduate and graduate students, and contributions
to service and outreach efforts of the Division. The salary will be
commensurate with experience.

The Division of Biology is a large, diverse and collegial faculty
with an excellent record of research and teaching. Extramural
research funding in the Division averages approximately $10M per
year. We have a broad research program that includes numerous faculty
scientists with research interests in evolutionary biology, cell
biology, development, ecology, genetics/genomics, microbiology and
related disciplines in multiple other KSU departments. Additional
information about the Division of Biology programs at Kansas State
University can be found at:

TO APPLY, please email the following in a single PDF file: a cover
letter, complete curriculum vitae, statements of research and
teaching interests, and three representative publications. Please
request that letters from 3 referees be sent to the Evolutionary
Search Committee by email: . Only applications
submitted by email will be accepted. Inquiries only may be directed
to the Search Committee Chair, Dr. Anthony Joern (
Review of applications will begin November 15, 2013, and will
continue until the position is filled.

Kansas State University is located in the city of Manhattan
(, a dynamic college community of about 50,000
located in the scenic Flint Hills of northeastern Kansas. Local
recreational opportunities include a large lake/park system, diverse
outdoor activities, and a rich program in the performing arts.
Manhattan also serves as the regional center for education, health
care, commerce, entertainment and communications.


Two Tenure-Track positions in Biology at CSU Dominguez Hills

Via Terry McGlynn and

Two Tenure-Track positions in Biology at CSU Dominguez Hills.


Bioinformatician in the Department of Microbiology at Ohio State
The Microbiology Department at The Ohio State University has the following position in which you may be interested.

Title: Research Associate 2-B/H
Department: Microbiology Admin
Posting Number: 378550

Performs analysis and interpretation of high throughput genomic data; develops experimental procedures and analyzes data; translates biological questions into computational goals using existing methods or developing new algorithms and tools when existing methods are inadequate; designs, develops, modifies, tests, evaluates and maintains customized scripting programs for analyzing, preparing, converting biological data (Illumina and other NGS platforms) for import and export; trains and assists research group members in UNIX/Linux methodologies; performs system administration work including interfacing with collocation facility; orders supplies; configures new computers; maintains quality assurance documentation.

If you are interested in this position, you can apply on our employment site at:

Two Tenure Track Positions in Wisconsin

1) The Department of Natural and Applied Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is seeking applicants for a tenure track faculty position in microbial ecology, beginning in August 2014. Successful applicants will contribute to teaching and research within the Environmental Science and Biology undergraduate programs, and the Graduate program in Environmental Science & Policy. UW-Green Bay has outstanding facilities, an innovative interdisciplinary focus, a significant history of research in the field of Environmental Science, and a commitment to building a sustainable future through quality education and community outreach.

We would be grateful if you could forward the attached position description to qualified candidates; the deadline to ensure consideration of applications is Monday 21 October.

If you have specific questions, contact Dr. Michael Draney (, Chair of the Recruitment and Hiring Committee.

2) The Department of Soil Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison invites applications for a 9-month tenure-track faculty position in soil ecology at the assistant professor level. The position will focus on research and instruction in soil ecology including but not limited to linking below-ground processes to ecosystem functions; the dynamics of nutrient, energy, and mass fluxes in soils; the effects of global change on soil processes; and characterizing and evaluating soil biodiversity. The position carries a 75% research/25% teaching distribution effort.

Research responsibilities will include obtaining external funding to maintain a vigorous research program focused on soil ecology. The incumbent will train graduate students, publish in peer-reviewed journals, and is expected to become a leader in soil ecology nationally and internationally. The University of Wisconsin-Madison is a world leader in ecology ( and genetics research, and collaboration with a talented and diverse group of faculty and staff across campus is expected and encouraged.

Teaching responsibilities include the ability to teach up to two courses per year serving both undergraduates and graduate students in the field of soil biology and ecology. Opportunities to provide instruction in team-taught courses related to soil ecology are available. The incumbent will also advise graduate students, provide undergraduates with hands-on research opportunities, give occasional guest lectures, and participate in graduate-level seminars. Innovative teaching approaches are encouraged.

Requirements include a PhD in Soil Science, Microbiology, or related discipline; a strong foundation and relevant research experience in the principles and concepts of soil ecology and microbiology; effective oral and written communications skills; experience in teaching in higher education; ability to work effectively across disciplines and with teams; and the ability to lead and motivate others.

Applicants should submit the following materials to Jennifer Etter Goh ( (1) a single pdf containing a cover letter, statements of research and teaching interests, and curriculum vitae; (2) contact information (name, address, phone and e-mail address) of three references; and (3) copies of college transcripts. Please direct questions regarding the position to Professor Doug Soldat ( Applications received by November 22, 2013 will be assured full consideration. Review of applications will continue until a suitable candidate is identified. The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. For further details visit


Call for Postdoctoral Fellowship Applications at NIMBioS — Next Deadline: September 1, 2013

The National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS), located at the Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville, is currently accepting applications for postdoctoral scholarship at the interface between mathematics and biology. Highest priority will be given to those with explicit plans to develop their ability to effectively carry on research across these fields. We are particularly interested in requests to support research that integrates diverse fields, requires synthesis at multiple scales, and/or makes use of or requires development of new mathematical/computational approaches. NIMBioS Postdoctoral Fellows are chosen based upon indications that the applicant’s research plans are consistent with the mission of NIMBioS, the applicant has the demonstrated ability to carry out the proposed research, and the opportunities provided through NIMBioS will enhance the capacity for the research to be completed in an efficient and timely manner. Support: annual stipend of $51,000, full University of Tennessee employee fringe benefits, and an annual travel allowance of $2,000.

How to apply: Complete the online application and submit a brief project description, references, and CV following the guidelines available at

Deadline: NIMBioS postdoctoral requests for support are reviewed two times per year, and the selected researchers are offered positions at NIMBioS where they conduct research that is mostly self-directed. The deadline for activities beginning in summer/fall 2014 is September 1, 2013 but applications for positions starting later in 2014 are also accepted at this time. All letters of recommendation must be submitted before the request deadline.

The National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) ( brings together researchers from around the world to collaborate across disciplinary boundaries to investigate solutions to basic and applied problems in the life sciences. NIMBioS is sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture with additional support from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville.


The Hanson and Chan laboratories at the University of Delaware are seeking motivated geomicrobiologists in training to work at the microbe-mineral interface. Our NSF funded project (award # 1244373) seeks to understand how the phototrophic bacterium Chlorobaculum tepidum both produces and consumes extracellular elemental sulfur. This is a new and rapidly developing system in microbe-mineral interactions. The project utilizes (and provides extensive training opportunities in) anaerobic microbial genetics, systems biology, electron microscopy, and nanoscale geochemical analysis methods. Our laboratories are located at the Delaware Biotechnology Institute (, the newly constructed Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Laboratory (, and we will make extensive use of advanced capabilities in UD’s BioImaging center ( UD offers a number of programs for professional development and networking specifically targeted at postdoctoral researchers. We are committed to providing an environment where enthusiastic and talented postdoctoral researchers can advance their careers.

Tom Hanson (
Clara Chan (


Grad Student Opportunities in the the Taylor Lab @ UNM

The Taylor lab has relocated from the University of Alaska to the University of New Mexico and would welcome applications to graduate school from talented students. UNM guarantees 5 years of support to accepted PhD students.

The Department will support one or more positions. Application procedures can be found here (the fast approaching deadline is flexible):

General information about the department can be found here:

Information about the Taylor Lab research program can be found on these sites: &

Research areas include:
– assembly and function of soil fungal communities across arctic, boreal and desert ecosystems
– metagenomics of fungal extracellular enzymes
– ecological genomics of mycoheterotrophic orchids (Corallorhiza and Hexalectris)
– molecular ecology of mycorrhizal interactions of tropical epiphytic orchids


Argonne National Laboratory is building a dynamic microbiology team to pursue cutting-edge research in microbial systems biology. We are seeking several microbiologists interested in becoming part of this team as well as the larger established team of computational and structural biologists at Argonne. To be successful in this role the successful candidate should possess:

• The expertise to develop a robust extramurally-funded research program preferably focused on current and future topics of interest to the Department of Energy such as carbon and nutrient cycling, bioenergy, and bioremediation,
• The ability to apply systems approaches to microbial problems,
• The ability to combine both experimental and computational approaches to answering
biological questions,
• A demonstrated ability to publish in recognized journals, and
• A record of conducting research in a collaborative framework.

Argonne offers a competitive salary and an excellent benefits package. US citizenship is not required. A joint appointment at a regional university may be possible depending on the particular applicant.

A PhD in Microbiology or related fields is required. To apply please go to our website at, requisition # 320165. Argonne is an Equal Opportunity Employer; we value diversity in our workforce.

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