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Postdoctoral Fellow - Department of Biology
WVU Research Corporation in Morgantown, West Virginia
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Date Posted November 20, 2019
Employment Type Full-time
Application Deadline Open until filled

West Virginia University Research Corporation in the Department of Biology is seeking applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow (Research Corporation Employee). This position is responsible for developing and refining models of plant-microbial interactions as part of the Center for Biofuels and Bioproducts Innovation (CABBI), a DOE funded Bioenergy Research Center. This position will work with Dr. Eddie Brzostek and will join a diverse group of researchers in the Sustainability Theme of CABBI.

In order to be successful in this position, the ideal candidate will:

  • Develop a predictive model of plant-microbial interactions across a variety of ecosystems.

  • Synthesize existing data to generate validation for model developments.

  • Lead field campaigns to measure the response of plant-microbial interactions in ecosystems to environmental change.

  • Perform chemical analyses of plant and soil samples in the lab.

  • Manage hourly student workers to ensure proper sample analysis and data quality control.

  • Travel to remote field sites to collect plant and soil samples.

  • Communicate research orally at scientific meetings as well as written publications in scientific journals.

  • Assist in the preparation of grant proposals to federal agencies including DOE, NSF, and USDA.


  • PhD in biology, environmental sciences or related science field.

  • One (1) year experience in performing field and laboratory research in ecosystem ecology is required.

  • One (1) year experience in using computer programming languages (e.g., R, Matlab, Python) is preferred.

  • Skilled at performing research in the field, including setting up research plots in the forest and collecting environmental samples.

  • Ability to perform basic assays of soil and plant nutrient status.

  • Knowledge of ecosystem ecology,including both ecosystem level biogeochemical cycling and the impacts of land processes on global biogeochemical cycles.

  • Skilled at scientific writing of manuscripts for publication and assisting in the preparation of extramural grant proposals.


  • Resume

About Research Corporation

AA/EOE/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disability/E-Verify Compliant Employer.

Please view Equal Employment Opportunity Posters provided by OFCCP here.

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor's legal duty to furnish information.

Competitive salary and benefits offered.

Job Posting: Feb 18, 2019

Posting Classification: Research Corporation

Exemption Status: Exempt

Benefits Eligible: Yes

Schedule: Full-time

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