Postdoctoral Fellowship in Soil Insect Biogeochemistry and Microbiology

The Soil Insect Ecology Laboratory at Purdue University seeks a postdoctoral 
fellow to advance ongoing 
research focusing on the biogeochemical dimensions of the invasive, 
soil-dwelling larval stage of the 
Japanese beetle (JB). The successful candidate will work as part of an 
interdisciplinary team of scientist 
exploring the impact of insect invasion on soil C/N cycling, microbial 
communities and soil organic 
matter dynamics as part of a USDA-NIFA-AFRI funded collaboration between Purdue 
University and the 
University of Wisconsin. This is a full-time, 2-year appointment based in West 
Lafayette, IN.

The objectives of the project are to:
1) Quantify the impact of JB on soil CO2 and N2O flux and explore how JB 
influences the quantity and 
quality of soil organic matter.

2) Explore linkages between soil organic matter and JB feeding strategy using a 
microscale forensic 
organic geochemical tool to examine JB gut contents and soil particulate 
organic matter

3) Quantify changes in soil microbial diversity (bacteria, archaea, and fungi) 
associated with JB invasion, 
and quantify microbial genes associated with soil C and N cycling.

The successful candidate will work with Drs. Douglas Richmond, Michael Scharf, 
Ronald Turco, and 
Timothy Filley at Purdue University, and Dr. Chris Williamson at the University 
of Wisconsin. 


•       Work with Principle Investigators to establish field sites and sampling 
regimes in Indiana and 
•       Lead field and laboratory efforts to related directly to objectives 1 
and 3
•       Develop and present (written and oral) products suitable for scientific 
audiences explaining the 
purpose and results of project.
•       Create scientific manuscripts based on research that are suitable for 
publication in soil ecology and 
entomology journals.
•       Participate in scientific meetings and engage with colleagues and 
collaborators pursuing related 
research questions.
•       Provide guidance and assistance to technicians, students, and others 
carrying out related work.

Preferred Qualifications:

•       A Ph.D. in Entomology, Microbiology, soil Ecology or related fields 
(Ph.D. required).
•       Experience designing, organizing, and managing ecology projects 
involving insects, soil or 
•       Expertise and experience in high throughput sequencing of microbial 
genes, shotgun metagenomic 
analysis and other bioinformatics approaches.
•       Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work 
with a large interdisciplinary 

Preferred start date is early Summer 2018 or sooner. The salary is set at 
$48,900 per year plus benefits. 
Interested applicants should submit a single pdf composed of cover letter, CV, 
and names and contact 
information for 3 references to by March 1, 2018. Please 
use the subject header 
“JB Post-Doctoral Fellowship”. The cover letter should include (1) a summary of 
the applicant’s research 
and analysis experience (2) the applicant’s earliest possible start date.

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