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The **MEMBERS ONLY**SIGN UP NOW***. is considered among the top tier institutions of higher education in the U.S. for its academic excellence, superior medical care, and cutting-edge research. At the U, we are committed to attracting a talented workforce to support our common purpose of transforming lives through teaching, research, and service. Through our values of Diversity, Integrity, Responsibility, Excellence, Compassion, Creativity and Teamwork (DIRECCT) we strive to create an environment where everyone contributes in making UM a great place to work. We are one of the largest private employers in Miami-Dade County; home to more than 13,400 faculty and staff from all over the world.

The Postdoctoral Associate supports research activities at the University, under the supervision of a faculty member, in order to advance their knowledge and/or be documented by scientific publications.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
- Works and collaborates on studies related to field of study.
- Ensures the design, development, execution and implementation of scientific research and/or development in collaboration with a research team.
- Investigates the feasibility of applying a wide variety of scientific principles and theories to potential inventions and products.
- Maintains substantial knowledge of state-of-the-art principles and theories.
- Contributes to scientific literature and conferences, when appropriate.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- Must have excellent communication skills, oral and written.
- Must be detail oriented.

Education Requirements (Essential Requirements):
- Doctoral degree or equivalent in their specialty.

Work Experience Requirements (Essential Requirements):
- No work experience is required.

Duties specific to College of Arts & Sciences:
Drs. Michelle Afkhami and Christopher Searcy are interested in hiringa co-advised postdoctoral scholar in Landscape Ecology of Plant- Microbial Interactions in the Department of Biology at **MEMBERS ONLY**SIGN UP NOW***. (Miami, FL).

The postdoctoral scholar will conduct research to investigate the role of plant-microbial interactions in the landscape ecology and conservation of plant species in the imperiled Florida Scrub ecosystem. We envision approximately 50% of the postdoctoral scholar’s time (or more depending on her or his interests) will include projects focusing on the effects of plant-microbial interactions on landscape-scale species distributions and/or plant demography. The other ~50% of time will be spent on postdoc-developed projects. We are looking for a postdoctoral scholar who can bring his or her perspective to the system and develop new ideas to pursue. The postdoc will have the opportunity to collect, analyze, and integrate multiple forms of data (e.g., new greenhouse/field experiments, existing long-term field data, soil microbial sequencing data), learn new modeling and molecular skills (e.g., Species Distribution Modeling, Integral Projection Modeling, high-throughput single cell sequencing), mentor undergraduate and graduate students, and write papers.

Dr. Chris Searcy is a landscape ecologist who will advise the postdoc on modeling and landscape ecology, and Dr. Michelle Afkhami will advise on plant-microbe and molecular methods. This research will be done at **MEMBERS ONLY**SIGN UP NOW***. and the nearby Archbold Biological Station (****

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, or a related discipline, and experience conducting research with plants, microbes, and/or modeling (ideally plant-microbial interactions). Other important qualifications are a background in statistical methods, a strong work ethic, problem-solving and time management skills, a track record of publications, and independent research experience. A background in demographic modeling, species distribution modeling, microbial community sequencing, and/or data analysis in R are desirable but not required.

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Position #: P100038393

The **MEMBERS ONLY**SIGN UP NOW***. is home to some of the brightest minds in the world. We are committed to educating and nurturing students, creating knowledge, and providing service to our community and beyond. The **MEMBERS ONLY**SIGN UP NOW***. offers competitive salaries and a comprehensive benefits package including medical and dental benefits, tuition remission, vacation, paid holidays and much more. The **MEMBERS ONLY**SIGN UP NOW***. is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Come join us!

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