Post-Doctoral Research Scientist – Microbiologist

The James Hutton Institute

The James Hutton Institute

Our team has developed the first transparent soil material for in situ observation of biological organisms living underground. This work has been awarded a prestigious grant from the European Research Council (ERC). As part of this success, we are now recruiting enthusiastic scientists to complement our team and explore the physics, biology and chemistry of living soil systems.

Microbiologist – The ideal candidate will possess a PhD with demonstrable skills in the microbiology and molecular biology of non-model microorganisms, ideally linked to the nitrogen-cycling processes. The successful candidate will be responsible for (1) the development of a model system for studying nitrification in transparent soil microcosms, (2) the genetic transformation of nitrifying bacteria, (3) the design and implementation of experiments on the biological activity of nitrifiers in response to soil chemical and physical structure, and in response to root processes.

This position is suited to early career postdoctoral scientists who are keen to tackle scientific and technological challenges. The successful candidate will also integrate their work with that of other scientists in the team to contribute the broader objectives of the project, and they will be involved in the writing of scientific papers. This post will be based at the James Hutton Institute, Dundee UK and will include close collaborations with Mathematics and Physics at the University of Dundee, and CNRS in Montpellier, France. The position will be fixed term appointments for 3 years.

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For informal enquires, contact Lionel Dupuy (Principal Investigator;

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