Assistant Professor; Soil Microbiologist
81060:PLANT AND SOIL SCIENCES
Type of Position
Position Time Status
Tenure Track Status
PhD in microbiology, ecology, soil science, biogeochemistry, or a related field
Required Related Experience
Microbiology, ecology, soil science, biogeochemistry, with a focus on soil microbiology/microbial ecology. Post-doctoral experience is desirable. Evidence of strong written and oral communication skills is required. It is expected that the incumbent will obtain extramural funding to support a vigorous research program.
The department of Plant and Soil Sciences in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, is seeking a Soil Microbiologist. This is an Assistant Professor, tenure eligible position with a 12-month appointment and approximately 70% research, 25% teaching, and 5% service responsibilities. The annual DOE will be aligned with this colleague's strengths and college/department needs.
Research: Our new colleague will develop an interdisciplinary, innovative research program in soil microbiology/microbial ecology. Scholars whose interests include the following are encouraged to apply: the importance of soil microbes in providing ecosystem/critical zone services, the microbiome and soil health, microbial biodiversity-function relationships, plant-soil-microbe relationships, impact of climate change on soil microbial communities, coupling microbial and biogeochemical models, soil microbial impact on the hydrologic cycle, and/or the role of microbes in remediation of contaminated soils. Scientists whose skillset incorporates state-of-the art approaches, such as molecular, spectroscopic, genomics, bioinformatics, and/or high-resolution imagery, as well as more traditional soil microbial and nutrient cycling techniques (especially those related to soil nitrogen cycling and soil health assessment) are encouraged to apply.
Teaching: This faculty member will contribute to the growing Agricultural Ecosystem Sciences and Natural Resources and Environmental Science undergraduate degree programs. Teaching will include a course in soil microbiology plus courses in other soil microbiome-related topics. The incumbent will also mentor MS and PhD students in the Integrated Plant & Soil Sciences graduate degree program.
Service: As a land-grant university, service to department, college, university, professional society, and/or society at large is expected.
Completed applications should include the following: a cover letter, resume, statements of research and teaching interests, and a diversity, equity, and inclusion statement. In addition, names and contact information of three individuals from whom letters may be requested should be included in the application packet. Applications should be submitted by November 18, 2022 for full consideration while the position will remain open until filled. Please use the University of Kentucky's electronic application process to apply. In your uploaded document please begin with a cover letter that outlines your approach to the position's qualifications, responsibilities, and vision for innovative and impactful programs that address existing and emerging issues for a diverse and inclusive community, followed by the name, address, email, and phone number for three references, and conclude with career curriculum vita and relevant statements.
Attached application materials are to include:
• Current curriculum vitae
• Academic Transcripts
• Letter of interest (upload under Cover Letter)
• Relevant Statements (upload under Specific Request 1)
• Names and contact information for three references (upload under Specific Request 2)
For questions regarding the submittal of application materials, contact UK Human Resources at (859) 257-9555 option 2. Candidate questions may be directed to the Search Committee Chair Dr. Dave McNear, Jr. at . Applications will be accepted until an acceptable applicant is found.
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Skills / Knowledge / Abilities
Microbiology, ecology, soil science, biogeochemistry, with a focus on soil microbiology/microbial ecology. Evidence of strong written and oral communication skills is required. It is expected that the incumbent will obtain extramural funding to support a vigorous research program.
Does this position have supervisory responsibilities?
Applicants must have an earned doctorate in microbiology, ecology, soil science, biogeochemistry, or a related field, with a focus on soil microbiology/microbial ecology.
Deadline to Apply
Open Until Filled
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