Post-Doctoral Associate in Wetland Carbon and Microbiome Research

  • University of Florida
  • United States
  • Apr 4, 2024

Job Description:

Classification Title:

Post-Doctoral Associate

Job Description:

A Post-doctoral Associate position in Wetland Carbon Biogeochemistry and Microbiome Research is available in the Department of Biology to work on several projects led by Dr. Amanda Subalusky and Dr. Christopher Dutton to begin in Summer 2024.

Candidate must have a PhD in Soil, Water, and Ecosystem Sciences or a related field. This position will be initially awarded for one year, and, contingent upon strong performance and conduct and availability of funds, may be renewed for up to one additional year.


  • Conduct research on the biogeochemistry and ecology of wetlands, with a focus on carbon cycling and microbial communities. ​
  • Investigate the dynamics of carbon storage, greenhouse gas emissions, and dissolved organic matter quality in wetland ecosystems. ​
  • Study the composition and function of microbial communities in wetlands, including their role in nutrient cycling and ecosystem functioning. ​
  • Design and implement field and laboratory experiments to assess wetland carbon dynamics and microbial processes.
  • Collect and analyze water and sediment samples to quantify carbon and nutrient concentrations, as well as microbial community composition.
  • Use advanced molecular techniques to characterize the diversity and activity of microbial communities from environmental and animal derived samples.
  • Collaborate with interdisciplinary teams to integrate wetland carbon and microbiome research into broader ecosystem studies. ​
  • Publish research findings in peer-reviewed journals and present results at conferences and scientific meetings.
  • Mentor and supervise undergraduate and graduate students in wetland research projects. ​
  • Stay updated with the latest advancements in wetland carbon and microbiome research through literature review and participation in professional societies.

UF is the state’s oldest, largest, and most comprehensive land grant university with an enrollment of over 50,000 students and was ranked 6th in the country among public universities (US News and World Report 2023 rankings) and 1st among public institutions in the Wall Street Journal 2023 survey. UF is located in Gainesville, a city of approximately 150,000 residents in North-Central Florida, 50 miles from the Gulf of Mexico, 67 miles from the Atlantic Ocean, and within a 2-hour drive to large metropolitan areas (Orlando, Tampa, Jacksonville). The beautiful climate and extensive nearby parks and recreational areas afford year-round outdoor activities, including hiking, biking, and nature photography. UF’s large college sports programs, museums, and performing arts center support a range of activities and cultural events for residents to enjoy. Alachua County schools are highly rated and offer a variety of programs, including magnet schools and an international baccalaureate program. Learn more about what Gainesville has to offer at Visit Gainesville.

Expected Salary:

The salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience, and the compensation includes a full benefits package.

Minimum Requirements:

Ph.D. in Soil, Water, and Ecosystem Sciences or a related field, with a strong background in wetland biogeochemistry and microbial ecology. ​

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience in studying carbon cycling and greenhouse gas emissions in wetland ecosystems.
  • Proficiency in analyzing water and sediment samples for carbon and nutrient concentrations.
  • Knowledge of molecular techniques for studying microbial communities, such as DNA extraction, PCR, and sequencing.
  • Familiarity with statistical analysis software for data processing and interpretation.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to publish research findings and present at scientific conferences.
  • Strong organizational and project management skills, with the ability to plan and execute research projects independently.
  • Experience mentoring and supervising undergraduate students in research activities.
  • Ability to work collaboratively in interdisciplinary research teams.
Special Instructions to Applicants:

For full consideration, applications must be submitted online. Click on Apply Now at the top of this posting.

A complete application includes (1) a letter of application summarizing the applicant's qualifications, interests, and suitability for the position, (2) a complete curriculum vitae, and (3) the names and email addresses of three references must be provided. An email will be sent to your references, requesting them to upload their confidential letter to the submission packet.

Applications will be reviewed beginning April 15th, 2024, and the position will remain open until filled. Only complete applications will be reviewed at this time. Applications received after this date may be considered at the discretion of the committee and/or hiring authority.

All candidates for employment are subject to a pre-employment screening which includes a review of criminal records, reference checks, and verification of education.

The selected candidate will be required to provide an official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible. Degrees earned from an educational institution outside of the United States require evaluation by a professional credentialing service provider approved by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at

The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida's Sunshine Law. If an accommodation due to disability is needed in order to apply for this position, please call (352) 392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at (800) 955-8771 (TDD).

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