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- The expected start of employment is October 2013, with the possibility of extension for a second year.
- A postdoc position is available in the Department of Botany at the University of Hawaii. The successful applicant will join a growing and dynamic group of researchers interested in microbial ecology and evolution within the unique Hawaiian archipelago.
- The postdoctoral associate will be responsible for carrying out a study whose goal is to determine how the mycophagous diet of a Federally endangered tree snail,Achatinella mustelina, covaries among populations and host plant species. The snail is one of several species within Achatinella comprising a spectacular adaptive radiation endemic to the island of Oahu. Additional background information is available on the Tree Snail Conservation Lab website: http://www2.hawaii.edu/~trsnlab/index.html
- Primary research objectives will be to analyze and synthesize for publication, a large Illumina amplicon dataset of fungi and bacteria from 150 host plant biofilm/snail feces pairs to infer diet dynamics from throughout the snail's natural and captive range. A secondary objective will be to isolate and identify fungal species from host trees to augment captive snail breeding programs.
- The incumbent will work closely with fungal biologists, malocologist and with civilian US Army biologists who maintain snail conservation exclosures at field sites in the Waianae mountain range. Although both data and samples are in hand, the incumbent will have the opportunity to conduct additional fieldwork as needed.
- The postdoctoral researcher will be responsible for participating in the training and oversight of graduate and undergraduate students, publish manuscripts in a timely manner in peer-reviewed academic journals and work to disseminate data to conservation managers.
- PhD in Biology, Microbiology, Ecology, Genetics or a related field: At least one first authored peer-reviewed publication documenting a portion of the PhD thesis or postdoctoral work.
- Demonstrated knowledge of informatics useful for interpreting next-generation sequencing data (e.g. QIIME or MOTHUR pipelines)
- Experience with community ecology analysis and multivariate statistics (R experience preferred)
- Knowledge of fungal and/or microbial biology
- Sterile culture technique
- Knowledge of invertebrate biology and/or Hawaiian plants
- Collegiality and scientific curiosity
- Anthony Amend; 808-956-6429; email@example.com
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