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Indiana University
Bloomington, Indiana
$52,000 - $58, 000
Date posted
Apr 5, 2024

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Position Type
Administrative, Academic Affairs, Research Administration
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time




Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Indiana University Bloomington, USA, to join the Soil Ecology Lab group at the O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs. The postdoctoral fellow will work on collaborative research aiming to integrate soil fauna diversity into the soil health framework and to investigate causal linkages to agronomic and environmental outcomes in the U.S. Midwest. The postdoctoral fellow will be responsible for collaboratively coordinate soil fauna analyses from experimental sites across the Long-Term Agroecosystem Research (LTAR) network. The successful applicant will work with PI Dr. André Franco and a team of collaborators across various management systems and sites to perform soil fauna measurements, validation of new methodologies, data analyses using both parametric and nonparametric methods, and on manuscript preparation.

The postdoctoral fellow will take leadership roles in organizing research and outreach activities in the Soil Ecology Lab and will be directly involved with the mentoring of both graduate and undergraduate students in the lab as well as on proposal development. The postdoctoral fellow will be based in Bloomington, Indiana. The position is expected to last for 12 months beginning as early as July 1, 2024, with opportunities for an additional year of support contingent on performance. The starting date is negotiable.

Qualifications: The successful applicant will have earned a Ph.D. in ecology, soil science, entomology or closely related field at the time of appointment, and must have knowledge of soil biology and morphological identification of soil invertebrates, coding proficiency, and excellent writing skills. The successful postdoctoral fellow should have demonstrated an ability to work independently and in a collaborative and dynamic research group.

Preferred skills: Extraction methods for soil microarthropods and nematodes, statistical modeling. Robust understanding of soil ecology will be a priority when reviewing applications.

Salary: $52 - $58k. Commensurate with experience. Full benefits included.

To apply, please submit:

  • a short (1 page or less) letter of application explaining:
  1. What motivated you to apply for this position
  2. What relevant skills you bring
  3. What skills you hope to acquire

2) your curriculum vita,

3) contact information for three references

4) A writing sample (e.g., published or in prep manuscript or dissertation chapter)

Please submit all materials electronically to Applicant review will start on May 31, 2024.

Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Inquiries regarding the position should be sent to: Dr. André Franco, O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University, MSB-II 314, Bloomington, IN 47405.

Indiana University is an equal employment and affirmative action employer and a provider of ADA services. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment based on individual qualifications. Indiana University prohibits discrimination based on age, ethnicity, color, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, disability status or protected veteran status.

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