(Two to three) Post-doctoral positions in microbial community ecology and evolutionary processes at Duke University

Two-three post-doctoral positions for research related to microbial community ecology and evolutionary processes are available at Duke University. Positions will involve mathematical approaches to theoretical ecology and/or evolution as well as metaanalyses of environmental microbial community data. The focus is somewhat flexible, but projects would initially involve modeling microbial community assembly and ecosystem function. Other topics of interest within the lab include trait-based approaches to microbial ecology, biodiversity-ecosystem function relationships, disturbance ecology, species-species interactions, and community network theory.
A PhD or the equivalent in ecology or a related field, strong mathematical modeling skills, a background in theoretical ecology or evolution, strong writing skills, and the ability to work well in a collaborative, creative, team environment are required. Expertise in microbial ecology and/or bioinformatics is useful but not essential.
Post-doctoral scholars will be primarily advised by Prof. Diana Nemergut, whose lab is moving from the University of Colorado to Duke University (http://spot.colorado.edu/~nemergut/). However, successful candidates will enjoy strong collaborations the faculty and staff in the Duke Center for the Genomics of Microbial Systems (http://microbialgenomics.mgm.duke.edu). Positions include competitive salary and benefits and are available for two-three years. The Nemergut lab is a fun, supportive work environment that prioritizes post-doctoral career development and encourages collaborations within the Duke community and beyond.
Applicants should send a cover letter detailing their interest in this position and future career goals, a CV, and the names and contact information for three references to diana.nemergut@duke.edu. Applications will be reviewed until the positions are filled.

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