Kellogg Experimental Forest near Kellogg Biological Station
The Evans Lab is committed to creating a diverse and safe environment that supports individuals regardless of cultural background, race, orientation, or ethnicity.
Positions in the Evans Lab:
PROJECT COORDINATOR AND LAB TECHNICIAN (posted Jan. 30; begin reviewing applications Feb 13th)
We are looking for a project coordinator and research associate for a multi-PI project at Michigan State University funded by the Department of Energy. The project examines plant-microbe-nutrient interactions in grass systems in Michigan and Wisconsin to explore potential for bioenergy sustainability. It combines many approaches including microbial genomics and stable isotope probing; root exudate metabolomics and plant transcriptomics; and soil biogeochemistry and plant functional ecology. The successful candidate will be expected to serve as project manager, and will: coordinate laboratory and field work; oversee undergraduate student lab assistants; assist with the planning and implementation of experiments; and assist with data collection, entry and maintenance of a project-wide database. There will also be opportunities for contributions to experimental design, data analysis and manuscript preparation, as well as work and training in bioinformatics or other methods, depending on the background and interests of the successful candidate. This position will require periodic travel in Michigan and Wisconsin and travel between Michigan State University main campus (coPIs Tiemann and Cole labs) and the W.K. Kellogg Biological Station (Evans Lab), which is located approximately 1.25 hours southwest of main campus in East Lansing. This position will primarily be based in the Evans lab at Kellogg Biological Station, near Kalamazoo, MI, to coordinate with other lab members and field technicians.
Qualified candidates will have a Masters degree (or equivalent combination of education and research experience) with a focus in soil ecology, microbiology, biogeochemistry, plant ecology, plant biology or a closely related field with preference given to those with some experience in chemical assays, molecular or isotopic methods, database management, project management, or bioinformatics. Strong candidates will also possess the following attributes: a publication record from their graduate work (if applicable; papers published, in press, or submitted); creativity, independence, and the desire to learn new things; excellent communication skills, both written and oral; experience with project coordination and/or demonstration of excellent organizational skills.
A start date of April 1, 2018 is preferred, but alternative timelines will be considered and should be noted in the cover letter. Applications should be submitted directly to MSU COMPASS on jobs.msu.edu (Posting #486736). The first application review will be February 13, 2018. Please contact Sarah Evans (firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions or to inquire about submitting an application after this period. Applications consist of:
a brief cover letter (no more than 2-pages) that highlights past research accomplishments, describes future career and research goals and gives examples of project coordination and/or organizational skills;
a curriculum vitae;
names and contact information for three references.
MSU is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.
About Kellogg Biological Station: KBS (www.kbs.msu.edu) is a premier biological research station located ~65 miles from the main campus of Michigan State. It is home to 11 faculty and their graduate students and post-doctoral researchers, with interests ranging from biogeochemistry to community ecology to evolution, as well as full-time research staff, visiting research scientists, and many summer undergraduates. KBS is home to the KBS LTER program (www.lter.kbs.msu.edu), the GLBRC, and a new Molecular Ecology and Genomics Laboratory. The Evans Lab (www.saraheevanslab.weebly.com) is committed to creating a positive, open, and safe work environment. We also strive to create opportunities for career development for all lab members, including students, visitors, technicians, and postdocs.
POSTDOC POSITION OPENING (Posted Dec 14, 2017). Applications under review as of Jan. 30th.
Postdoc examining rhizosphere microbial community ecology, with a focus on bioenergy systems, in the Evans Lab at Kellogg Biological Station, Michigan State Univ, Hickory Corners, MI. Application review to begin January 8, 2018.
Position: A postdoctoral position is available in the Evans Lab (www.saraheevanslab.weebly.com) at Kellogg Biological Station (Michigan State University) to examine shifts in microbial community composition and function in bioenergy cropping systems. The postdoc would contribute to two highly interrelated projects. The first is the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, a large multi-PI and interdisciplinary project, of which one part is examining the potential of the plant-associated microbiome to sustainably enhance stress tolerance of plants in degraded lands. Work on this project involves investigations into the fundamental mechanisms that underlie plant-microbe interactions and implications of changing management regimes (e.g. fertilizer). The second project, MMPRNT (Microbial Mediated Perennial Rhizosphere Nitrogen Transformations) is a multi-PI DOE-funded project at MSU that examines how the rhizosphere microbiome of perennial grasses influence plant nitrogen availability. This work leverages GLBRC sites, and overlaps in scope. The postdoc could take advantage of powerful time series dataset of community composition already collected (with associated biogeochemical metadata), and interact with a diverse array of high-caliber staff, postdocs, and graduate students working on both projects. In addition to research and career development, a proportion of this position (10%) involves coordination among the two projects (data management, communication, training), and is ideal for a candidate looking for exposure to multi-PI projects, mentoring, and close interactions with several collaborative laboratories (including Shade, Bonito and Tiemann at MSU).
Qualifications: A PhD in an appropriate discipline is required, as is demonstration of strong written and oral communication skills. Experience with bioinformatics and statistical analysis of microbial community composition (i.e. amplicon sequencing) data is strongly preferred. Other skillsets relevant to the project, and that the postdoc could apply or potentially learn, are stable isotope probing, high-throughput quantitative PCR, culture isolation and assessment of plant growth-promotion, greenhouse experimentation, and shotgun metagenomic analysis.
Start date and salary: The postdoctoral appointment is for one year, and renewable annually for at least 2 years, after which is contingent on funding. Ideal start date is Spring 2018 (preferably January-May 2018); describe preferred start date and/or constraints in the cover letter.
To apply: You will need a 1) cover letter (including research accomplishments, future research interests and directions, and relevant field, lab, and data analysis skills), 2) CV, 3) a representative publication (published or in press), and 4) contact information (name, position, phone, email) for three references. Go to careers.msu.edu to apply and search position #481447. Contact email@example.com with questions. We will begin reviewing applications January 8, 2017, and continue until the position is filled. MSU is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, first-generation college students, and persons underrepresented in the sciences are encouraged to apply.
Graduate student information - onging
I am always looking for talented graduate students. The deadline for admissions to enroll for graduate school at MSU is around December 15. I do not have any specific openings for graduate students at this time, but am always looking for good candidates.
Students who wish to join my lab should have an interest in microbial ecology. This website should give you a good general idea of what we do, but we are always developing new projects, and are open to exploring new areas that you are interested in, within our general themes. A thorough background in ecology or microbiology, or experience with data analysis, lab work, or field work, will come in handy, but is not required to join the lab. You should, however, have enough experience to know that you are passionate about science and ecology, and have a general willingness to learn and take on new challenges. A PhD generally takes 5-6 years to complete, and a masters 2-3 years. Much of this time is dedicated to independent work which demands a great deal of self-motivation and rigor. As an advisor, I will help you develop the intellectual and technical skills you need to be an outstanding scientist, and prepare you for whatever you aim to do with your degree.
Details for applying: I am in the degree-granting program of Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, and Behavior (EEBB), but you will apply to a department graduate program. I am in the Department of Zoology, and also will be an affiliate of Microbiology. Students should apply to one of these programs, which differ a bit in class/program requirements and teaching opportunities. You can join the EEBB program later on if you wish. Graduate students are generally funded by a combination of research assistantships (grants), teaching assistantships, university fellowships, and national fellowships.
Location: I am based at MSU’s Kellogg Biological Station, located in Hickory Corners, about 60 miles from the main campus in East Lansing. Most graduate students spend their first year or two on MSU campus while they take classes, and live at KBS after that and during the summer. KBS is more like a campus than a field station, with 13 full-time faculty, and many more postdocs, graduate students, staff, and other researchers. Adjacent to a large lake and nestled in Michigan forest, KBS has top-notch laboratories, acres of field sites, and many talented faculty from diverse areas of ecology and evolution.
If you are interested in joining the lab, please contact me. **It is generally best to contact a graduate advisor before you apply to a program.** Attach a CV or resume. Also include a brief statement about your interests and why you want to join the Evans Lab. Take a stab at describing examples of your interests or background and how it aligns with specific publications, themes, or projects in my lab (i.e. beyond just 'microbial ecology and ecosystem stress').
KBS is a great place to spend a summer working as an undergradute! Students at MSU: note that my research lab is 1 hour 15 minutes from main campus, so it will be difficult for you to work or volunteer in the lab if you do no have large blocks of time to get here (which most don't while taking classes). Fortunately, there are many opportunities for undergraduates to get involved at research at Kellogg Biological Station in the summer months. Working at a field station can be a great way to see what field biology is like, and a lot of fun! Check out the KBS website for opportunities. Plan early- REU and URA applications for summer research are due in late winter.
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