The University of Massachusetts, Amherst is looking for a candidate who investigates soil ecological processes and their response to global environmental change. We expect the candidate to have developed a strong research program in the research areas of microbial ecology and/or plant-microbe-soil interactions. Candidates who use novel molecular approaches to examine how human activity influences carbon storage, nutrient and water cycles, agricultural production, contaminant fate, or antibiotic resistance in soils are especially encouraged. The candidate’s research focus is expected to complement that of existing faculty members in soil and plant sciences, including plant physiology, ecosystem ecology, microbiology, and environmental (biogeo)chemistry.
The person hired is expected to develop and teach undergraduate and graduate courses in the Plant and Soil Science program and to establish an extramurally funded research program in molecular soil ecology in managed and natural soil ecosystems. Beyond that, we expect the candidate to strengthen interdepartmental units such as the School of Earth & Sustainability, the Center for Agriculture, Food, and the Environment, and the Institute of Applied Life Sciences.