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
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
organic geochemical tool to examine JB gut contents and soil particulate
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
• 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
• 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
• Participate in scientific meetings and engage with colleagues and
collaborators pursuing related
• Provide guidance and assistance to technicians, students, and others
carrying out related work.
• A Ph.D. in Entomology, Microbiology, soil Ecology or related fields
• 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 drichm...@purdue.edu 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.