Postdoctoral fellow in plant-soil interaction networks

Analysing interaction networks in New Zealand
Application Date (COB): 
Thursday, 19 November 2015 - 5:00pm

The Bio-Protection Research Centre is involved with cutting edge research on fundamental and applied aspects of plant pests, disease and weed management. 

We are looking for a postdoctoral fellow to lead the development of our network manipulation experiments, with a focus on soil mutualists and pathogens.

Within the Centre, the Achieving Bioprotection in New Zealand Ecosystems project seeks to develop predictive understanding of how the structure of interaction networks influences the success or failure of species establishment, whether in the context of desirable (e.g., biological control) or undesirable (e.g., invasive weed) species. This research is based in the recognition that the success of invasive species and bioprotection often depend on complex interactions between plants and microbes (pathogens and mutualists) or plant and insects. Using novel combinations of environmental DNA metabarcoding, network theory, and plant-soil interaction methodologies, our team will investigate interaction networks in grassland ecosystems through both observational field studies and developing a novel mesocosm system for direct manipulation of network structure.

The postdoctoral fellow will lead the development of our network manipulation experiments, with a focus on soil mutualists and pathogens. The model system will be hill-slope pastures undergoing invasion by non-native woody plants (particularly Scotch broom, but also pines, gorse, and others). You will have access to state-of-the-art laboratory facilities for microbiology and molecular biology research together with the unique ecosystem simulation facilities housed in the New Zealand Biotron.

To ensure your success you will have:

  • A PhD in a relevant field.
  • A background in one or more major groups of soil mutualists or pathogens.
  • Experience with molecular approaches to characterizing soil microbial populations.
  • A publication track record.

For more information please contact Prof Ian Dickie

Applications close at 5pm, Thursday 19 November 2015. All applications must be accompanied by a covering letter, completed online application form and CV.

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