Postdoc - Biology

Morgantown, West Virginia (US)
This position includes a competitive salary and full benefits.
February 19 2019
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Postdoctoral Fellow - Biology

The West Virginia University Research Corporation (WVURC) invites applications for a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Biology at West Virginia University (WVU).  We seek a highly motivated postdoctoral fellow to develop and refine models of plant-microbial interactions as part of the Center for Biofuels and Bioproducts Innovation (CABBI), a DOE funded Bioenergy Research Center (  The postdoctoral fellow will work with Dr. Eddie Brzostek and will join a diverse group of researchers in the Sustainability Theme of CABBI whose goal is to develop the predictive capability to determine which feedstock combinations, regions and land types, market conditions, and bioproducts have the potential to support the ecologically and economically sustainable displacement of fossil fuels.  Collaborations across other CABBI themes and with other DOE BRCs is encouraged.   

The purpose of this position is to coordinate and manage the existing research enterprise in the Brzostek lab that seeks to improve our predictive understanding of the extent to which bioenergy feedstocks differ in their sustainability and ecosystem services. Specifically, research in the lab aims to use both measurements and models to understand how the strategies plants employ belowground to mobilize nutrients impacts carbon and nutrient cycling at scales ranging from the ecosystem to the globe.  The incumbent will be tasked with leading field campaigns, synthesizing existing data in the lab, and developing predictive models of ecosystem function. The incumbent will also be tasked with writing scientific publications and assisting in the preparation of extramural grant proposals.

A PhD in biology, environmental sciences or related science field and experience in performing field and laboratory research in ecosystem ecology are required. Experience in using computer programming languages (e.g., R, Matlab, Python) to perform statistical and predictive modeling of ecosystem function is preferred.

Competitive salary and benefits package offered. For a complete job description and to apply for this position, please visit and click on the “View Jobs” link. Qualified applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references as part of the application process. For questions or additional information, contact Dr. Edward Brzostek, 304-293-5222, email: .

WVU is a comprehensive land grant university with 29,000 students. WVU is classified by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education as a Research-High Activity Institution. The University community of Morgantown offers plentiful educational opportunities as well as recreational outlets, is within easy driving distance of Pittsburgh, PA, and is about 200 miles northwest of Washington, D.C.

WVURC is an AA/EOE/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disability/E-verify compliant employer.