Postdoctoral Position in Soil Microbial Ecology


Contact: Dr. Serita Frey, Department of Natural Resources & the Environment, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH USA

Our lab is broadly focused on understanding the linkages between microbial community structure and ecosystem function. We examine how environmental change (climate warming, nitrogen deposition, biodiversity loss, invasive species) alters the diversity, community composition, and function of the soil microbial community and how shifts in the community feedback to influence ecosystem-scale nutrient cycling processes.

This two-year position will focus specifically on fungal evolution within a global change context, with an emphasis on how fungi evolve in response to biotic invasion, soil warming, and nitrogen addition. The candidate will have flexibility to explore questions that fall within this general topic area, while building on previous research conducted in the Frey Lab. The candidate is expected to have strong interests and experience in ecology, soils, microbiology, and biogeochemistry. Expertise in cultivation-based and genomic/metagenomic analyses is highly desirable. The candidate will be expected to work independently, but also cooperatively with other members of the lab. A Ph.D. degree in ecology, natural resources, microbiology, or related field, along with relevant research experience is required. Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled.

To apply please send the following items in a single PDF file to Serita Frey (serita.frey@unh.edu): letter of interest/experience, CV, and the names and contact information of three professional references.



Prospective Students


I welcome inquiries from potential graduate students who are motivated, have prior research experience, and are interested in working at the interface between ecosystem and microbial ecology. If you are interested in applying to work with me, please send your CV and a brief description of your background and research experience and interests. While I typically support students on my research grants, I strongly encourage students to seek external sources of funding from programs such as:

• U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Program: http://www.epa.gov/ncer/fellow/

• National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program: http://www.nsfgrfp.org/

• NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grants Program: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5234