Postdoctoral Position in Soil Microbiome

Project Description: A postdoctoral position is available in the Plant-Microbe Lab under the supervision of Dr.
Malinda Thilakarathna at the University of Alberta. Our current research program is focused on beneficial
microorganisms, soil amendments, biotic and abiotic factors on field crop production and soil health.

Key Responsibilities:
The candidate will be part of a collaborative research group and have the opportunity work with a multidisciplinary
research team. The candidate is expected to work both independently and as part of a large research team, and
will be expected to supervise undergraduate and graduate students. Current projects examine plant-microbial
interactions, symbiotic nitrogen fixation in legumes, belowground nitrogen transfer, biotic and abiotic stress, soil
nutrient availability, soil health, and soil microbiome.

Key Qualifications:
We are seeking a candidate with:
• PhD in microbiology, biology, or metagenomics
• Experience in soil/plant microbiome (essential)
• Bioinformatic analysis of high-throughput sequence data
• Experience in wet-lab molecular biology (e.g. DNA/RNA extraction, PCR, etc.)
• Strong interpersonal skills
• Strong written and oral communication skills with a track-record of peer-reviewed publications

Salary and Appointment: CAD $50,000 per year including benefits. The appointment will be for one year (Start
date: 1 January 2022), with the possibility of extension.

To Apply: Please forward your CV, letter of research interests, and contact information for three references to
Dr. Malinda Thilakarathna ( Please use “Plant-Microbe PDF” in the subject line.
Closing date: Interested candidates should apply by October 31, 2021, but review of applications will commence

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those individuals selected for an interview will
be contacted.

The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications
from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit; members of visible minority
groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all
those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.