Soil Microbial Ecology & Carbon Cycling Postdoc

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Los Alamos National Laboratory
Los Alamos County, New Mexico, US
Apr 28, 2021
May 11, 2021
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What You Will Do

Los Alamos National Laboratory invites applications for a postdoctoral position in the Bioenergy and Biome Sciences Group (B-11) of the Bioscience Division.

A position is available in a research program focused on microbial carbon cycling and climate feedbacks in terrestrial ecosystems. The program uses meta-'omic strategies to investigate how natural variation in microbial composition can drive large, persistent variation in carbon flow from plant litter decomposition. The successful candidate will perform experiments to decipher mechanisms that underpin long-term control of the trajectory of carbon flow despite ecological succession in decomposer communities.

Successful candidates will work closely with a team of Ph.D. staff scientists, postdoctoral researchers, technicians, and external collaborators.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

- Demonstrated molecular microbiology/mycology laboratory skills

- Strong background in bioinformatics

- A demonstrated strong publication record (e.g. 3 to 4 publications from Ph.D.)

- Excellent communication and writing skills in English language

Education : Ph.D in Microbial Ecology or a related discipline completed within 4 years or will have completed all Ph.D requirements by commencement of appointment.

Note to Applicants:

This position is for two years with a third year contingent upon excellent performance. Exceptional candidates may be considered for a Director's Fellowship and outstanding candidates may be considered for the prestigious Dianne Christian Hoffman, Richard P. Feynman, J. Robert Oppenheimer, or Frederick Reines Fellowships. For general information about the Postdoc Program, including salary guidelines, go to:

The application package consists of a CV, a cover letter, and a list of 3 references (who will not be contacted unless an interview is scheduled). Interested candidates should email a curriculum vitae and names of references to Dr. John Dunbar ( ).

Where You Will Work

Teams within the Bioscience Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) perform research in a broad array of applications of biotechnology and life sciences, working to solve national bioenergy and biosecurity challenges-from naturally occurring or manmade threats-requiring an in-depth understanding of pathogens, plants, and human disease.

Located in beautiful northern New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. Our generous benefits package includes:

§ PPO or High Deductible medical insurance with the same large nationwide network

§ Dental and vision insurance

§ Free basic life and disability insurance

§ Paid maternity and parental leave

§ Award-winning 401(k) (6% matching plus 3.5% annually)

§ Learning opportunities and tuition assistance

§ Flexible schedules and time off (paid sick, vacation, and holidays)

§ Onsite gyms and wellness programs

§ Extensive relocation packages (outside a 50 mile radius)

Additional Details

Position does not require a security clearance. Selected candidates will be subject to drug testing and other pre-employment background checks.

New-Employment Drug Test: The Laboratory requires successful applicants to complete a new-employment drug test and maintains a substance abuse policy that includes random drug testing.

Equal Opportunity: Los Alamos National Laboratory is an equal opportunity employer and supports a diverse and inclusive workforce. All employment practices are based on qualification and merit, without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or preference, marital status or spousal affiliation, physical or mental disability, medical conditions, pregnancy, status as a protected veteran, genetic information, or citizenship within the limits imposed by federal laws and regulations. The Laboratory is also committed to making our workplace accessible to individuals with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodations, upon request, for individuals to participate in the application and hiring process. To request such an accommodation, please send an email to or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1.

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Vacancy Name: IRC83260
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