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Postdoctoral Researcher in Plant Ecophysiology and Genetics of Plant-Microbe Interactions

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Boulder, Colorado

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Research Faculty



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Job Summary

The Kane Lab in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EBIO) at CU Boulder, in collaboration with the Hulke Lab at the USDA-ARS in Fargo, ND, is currently seeking a Postdoctoral Scholar! This position will assist with the domestication of wild Silphium, a relative of sunflower. The postdoc will work to understand this and related wild species, as well as the genetics of domestication, speciation and adaptation, particularly focused on how plant-microbe interactions shape all of these processes. The postdoctoral scholar will work in a highly collaborative environment in the Kane and Hulke labs, working closely with faculty, post-docs and graduate students with expertise in:
  1. Agricultural genomics and quantitative genetics;
  2. Plant-microbial interactions;
  3. Genome-wide association mapping;
  4. Plant ecophysiology, molecular genetics, and plant-microbe interactions.
This postdoctoral scholar includes the opportunity of collaborating on writing grant proposals, co-mentoring undergraduate and graduate students, and collaborating with researchers at multiple levels, typically enabling participation in numerous first-author and co-authored publications annually. In addition, the postdoctoral scholar will be expected to contribute to an inclusive lab culture, and will be encouraged to participate in diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts.

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

The primary duties will involve analyses of existing and new datasets, experimental design and data collection, writing, publication, and giving talks to disseminate and improve this research. Key tasks include quantification and manipulation of soil microbes in greenhouse and field conditions, assessment of microbe affects on plant traits and performance, and statistical analysis to relate plant traits to genomic sequence data. 

What You Should Know

The initial duration of this postdoctoral position will be one year, with possibility of renewal. 

What We Can Offer

The salary is $50,000 per year. 


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

The minimum qualification is a Ph.D. from an accredited institution in plant science, genetics, biology, or a closely related field. 

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Cover Letter.
  2. Current Curriculum Vitae/Resume.
  3. Full text of three peer-reviewed publications relevant to the project area authored or co-authored by the candidate (attach to "Professional Publications" as one pdf).
  4. One-to-three page research statement summarizing past research projects and your involvement and contributions to each (attach to "Statement of Research Philosophy").
  5. One-page diversity statement summarizing past efforts and future goals in advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in STEM (attach to "Diversity and Inclusion Statement"). 
  6. Optional: Proof of Degree.
    • If you are selected as the finalist, your degree will be verified by the CU Boulder Campus Human Resources department using an approved online vendor. However, if your degree was obtained outside of the United States, please submit a translated version (if applicable) as an optional attachment.
During the application process you will need to enter contact information for one reference who will be contacted to provide a letter of recommendation and additional materials, if needed, as the search progresses.

Active review of applications will begin immediately, but the search will continue until the position is filled.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Nolan Kane

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