Research - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
Advertised Employing Department: Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering
Summary of Duties and Responsibilities:
The Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering at Iowa State University is seeking qualified applicants for an Associate Scientist position to provide education, research, and program support on microbial ecology and assessment of microbial roles in ecosystem function. The Associate Scientist will be responsibilities for designing of experiments to study beneficial plant-microbe interactions; monitoring microbial nitrogen cycling in soil systems; monitoring soil and water samples for microbial composition and activity; design of genomic probes for bacterial functions; analysis of next generation sequencing datasets; developing predictive models to understand function and stability of microbial communities. Other responsibilities of the position include QAQC, SOPs, data management, data analysis, and report writing. Additionally, this position will design and perform experiments to support program research goals, collect and analyze data; provide support for graduate student writing and data analysis efforts; develop technical reports; and oversee field sampling, DNA extraction and analysis, and data reporting and communication; development of innovative research proposals. The successful candidate will have effective management and organizational skills, the ability to work well with a diverse population, and the ability to communicate effectively. All staff members are expected to interact collegially and maintain the highest standards of integrity and ethical behavior.
Required Education and Experience:
Master’s degree and 5 years of related experience; OR a Ph.D. or other professional degree and 2 years of related experience.
Preferred Education and Experience:
PhD in Agricultural or Biological Systems or related Engineering.
Postdoctoral experience beyond the terminal degree.
Valid Driver's License
Experience conducting and managing soil and water quality research.
Experience with field and laboratory equipment operation, database management, statistical analysis on research data, and bioinformatic microbiome sequencing analysis.
Experience managing and organizing research projects.
All accrued vacation must be taken during the term of this appointment. Unused vacation will be forfeited upon resignation or termination from ISU.
Guaranteed Consideration Date: 02/11/2019
Proposed End Date or Length of Term: One year term with a possibility of renewal
Iowa State University is classified as a Carnegie Foundation Doctoral/Research University-Extensive, a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), and ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top public universities in the nation. Over 36,000 students are enrolled and served by over 6,200 faculty and staff (see www.iastate.edu). Ames, Iowa is a progressive community of 60,000, located approximately 30 minutes north of Des Moines, and recently voted the best college town in the nation (see www.visitames.com).
Iowa State University is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity and strongly encourages applications from all qualified applicants, including women, underrepresented minorities, and veterans. ISU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples, is dedicated to work-life balance through an array of policies, and is an NSF ADVANCE institution.
Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status and will not be discriminated against.