Post Doctoral Scholar or Technician

Morgantown, West Virginia
Commensurate with experience
September 24 2021
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

The Morrissey Lab at West Virginia University (WVU) in the Division of Plant and Soil Sciences ( is seeking applications for a Postdoctoral Scholar and a Technician in Microbial Ecology. These positions will work on multiple federally funded research projects using stable isotope probing and omic’s techniques to understand how microbial community composition relates to soil carbon cycling in natural and human-impacted ecosystems. Research in the Morrissey Lab seeks to understand how soil, the second largest reservoir of carbon on earth, will respond to climate change. We use a microbial lens to develop and test frameworks on the extent to which climate shifts alter the functioning and diversity of soil microorganisms that control the stabilization and decomposition of soil carbon. We then use this empirical data to inform ecosystem models to predict climate driven microbial feedbacks on soil C cycling. Applicants experienced with metagenomics, metatranscriptomics, ecosystem modeling, and/or stable isotope probing are particularly encouraged to apply. The new team members will join a vibrant and collaborative research group with six PhD students and the opportunity to mentor undergraduates in the Morrissey Lab.  In addition, our strong collaboration with the Brzostek Lab in the Department of Biology at WVU allows us to feed our data into ecosystem models. We value We value diversity, work life balance, teamwork, enthusiasm, and science! WVU is located in Morgantown WV, in heart of the beautiful Appalachian Mountains that offer a rich variety of activities for outdoor enthusiasts. 

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