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Postdoc: Plant-Soil-Microbe Interactions in Sustainable Bioenergy

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Academic Level:
Postdoc & Early Career

A postdoctoral research associate position is available in the Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign as part of the Sustainability Theme in the U.S. Department of Energy-funded Bioenergy Research Center, the Center for Advanced Bioenergy and Bioproducts Innovation (CABBI). The goal of the CABBI Sustainability Theme is to develop the predictive capability to determine which feedstock combinations, regions and land types, market conditions, and biofuels and bioproducts have the potential to support the ecologically and economically sustainable displacement of fossil fuels.

The postdoc is sought to support research on plant-soil-microbe interactions in bioenergy cropping systems (sorghum, sugarcane/energycane, and miscanthus) with regards to carbon and nitrogen biogeochemistry. This includes but is not limited to: investigating how highly productive perennial grasses alter deep soil carbon cycling; assessing how drought tolerance traits can reduce the carbon intensity of bioenergy crop production; and determining how oil-enhanced bioenergy crops alter soil carbon and nitrogen cycling. Job duties include designing and conducting field and laboratory experiments, developing and testing innovative stable isotope approaches to investigate plant-soil-microbe interactions in the new CABBI Stable Isotope Labeling Facility, coordinating research activities with a large team of collaborators, mentoring graduate students, supervising technicians and undergraduates, writing manuscripts, and presenting at scientific conferences.

The postdoc will work with Dr. Wendy Yang and will collaborate with other researchers in the CABBI Sustainability, Feedstock Production, and Conversion Themes, including ecosystem modelers, microbial ecologists, and agronomists. The postdoc will work in the Institute for Genomic Biology with the other UIUC-based CABBI researchers to facilitate these collaborative interactions and help build a strong community of postdocs and graduate students.

Please see the listing on the CABBI website for qualifications and application instructions. Review of applications will begin in March and continue until the position is filled.
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Participating Institution(s):
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University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (Lead)

Program Materials:
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This Program can be Described by:
Academic Disciplines:
Crop & Soil Sciences
Environmental Sciences

Carbon Cycle Research
Ecosystem Science
Soil Science

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This program is funded by:
U.S. Dept. of Energy (DOE)

Page last updated 3/5/2024
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