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[Met-jobs] Job vacancy: PDRA Root Microbiomes - University of Sheffield

From Debbie K Hill <>
Date Fri, 1 Jul 2016 10:40:11 +0100

Job vacancy: Post Doctoral Research Associate in Root Microbiomes

University of Sheffield, U.K. - Department of Animal & Plant Sciences


Full-Time, 4 year Fixed-Term contract, to start as soon as possible. The vacancy will close at midnight on 6th July 2016.

Apply online at and search for job reference: UOS013904.


Informal enquiries should be directed to Debbie Hill, PA to Prof David Beerling, at


Reporting to the Director of the Leverhulme Centre for Climate Change Mitigation, you will develop the Centre’s root microbiome programme associated with our enhanced weathering field trials using economically important crops in the mid-west of the USA and the humid tropics, and in controlled experiments. You will adopt molecular genetic techniques for profiling root and soil microbiomes (metagenomics) and transcriptomes (meta-transcriptomics) to investigate the role of microbes and microbial processes in enhanced weathering. This will involve characterizing shifts in the rhizosphere community composition and gene _expression_ patterns during rock weathering for a diversity of economically important crops (corn, soy, sugarcane and palm oil) with different root-associated symbiotic microbial partners. Through functional gene analysis, we aim to link microbial metabolic processes to biogeochemical weathering processes. You will have excellent experience in molecular biology (i.e. preparation of sequencing libraries) and bioinformatics skills, including processing of large sequence datasets.


This exciting opportunity will involve extensive travel and field work abroad and working alongside other researchers in the Centre investigating the biogeochemistry of weathering, feedbacks on crop production and protection and soil-atmosphere greenhouse gas fluxes. It also offers scope for developing lab-based investigations with MAGIC maize populations to understand genetic controls on rhizosphere acidification and weathering.


You will have excellent communication skills for collaborating with other researchers and will be expected to disseminate their findings at conferences and in scientific papers to assist the Centre in achieving its aims and objectives.


The Leverhulme Centre for Climate Change Mitigation (LC3M), is one of four winners of the new Leverhulme Research Centre awards, designed to support fundamental cross-disciplinary research across the whole range of the sciences, humanities and social sciences. Professor David Beerling FRS is the Director of LC3M which has been awarded £10m over a period of ten years, to address one of the greatest challenges facing humanity in the 21st Century: global climate change. The vision for LC3M is to develop and assess the role of enhanced rock weathering as a means of safely removing large amounts of CO2 from the atmosphere to cool the planet while also mitigating ocean acidification.


The Department of Animal and Plant Sciences is one of the largest departments in the UK devoted to the study of whole organism biology, with over 45 academic staff, 50 support staff and 130 postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers. We are ranked joint 3rdin the UK for biology research and 70% of our research activity has been judged to be “world-leading” or internationally excellent (RAE 2008). We have a strong ethos of research-led teaching and a high standard of student recruitment. We enrol over 180 undergraduate students per year on to 7 degree programmes and are ranked 4th in the UK for biological sciences teaching (The Complete University Guide 2010).


We form one of four parts of the School of Biological Sciences, together with the Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, the Department of Biomedical Sciences and the Department of Psychology. Our research covers cells and genes, the behaviour of individuals and the functioning of populations, communities and ecosystems (see


The University has achieved the Athena SWAN award for Women in Science, Engineering and Medicine.


The Department has achieved the Athena SWAN Silver award for Women in Science, Engineering and Medicine.


Through The Deal we are committed to making the University a remarkable place to work and we support this through a number of sector leading initiatives such as Juice and Sheffield Leader. 


We are also proud of our award-winning equality and diversity action which enhances working life for all. 91% of staff tell us they are treated with fairness and respect (staff survey 2014)


In our staff survey (2014) 94% of staff said they were proud to work for the University and 87% of our staff would recommend Sheffield University as an excellent place to work. To find out more about what it’s like to work here have a look at our webpages, and

Debbie Hill
LC3M Research Support Officer & PA to Prof. David J. Beerling FRS
Leverhulme Centre for Climate Change Mitigation (LC3M)
C204, Dept. Animal & Plant Sciences
The University of Sheffield
Alfred Denny Building
Sheffield, S10 2TN, U.K.
Tel: +44 (0) 114 22 20093
My working week is:
M, Tu, Th & F: 9.30am to 2.00pm
I'm not at work on Wednesdays

The University of Sheffield

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