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Assistant Professor - Soil Microbial Ecologist
University of Idaho, Moscow

  • Nov. 4, 2016
  • Assistant Professor - Soil Microbial Ecologist
  • Plant, Soil and Entomological Sciences
  • University of Idaho, Moscow
    Moscow, ID
    United States
  • Dec. 5, 2016
  • To Be Determined
  • Assistant Professor
  • Environmental Science & Ecology
    Agronomy/Plant & Soil Sciences
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The University of Idaho Department of Plant, Soil & Entomological Sciences seeks a Soil Microbial Ecologist to join the multi-disciplinary team in the Soil and Land Resources Division on the Moscow campus. The position is a 9-month tenure track position; 80% research and 20% teaching; salary commensurate with qualifications/experience.

This position will use contemporary techniques (metabolomics, genomics, bioinformatics, isotope geochemistry, microspectroscopy, etc.) to study microbial communities, activities and their interactions with biogeochemical processes affecting plant growth, plant pathogens and other soil-borne species. Work will be aimed to further the understanding of key microbe-plant interactions in ecosystems and how these interactions are altered by soil management, climate change and other disturbances impacting soil health. A Ph.D. in soil science or closely related field is required, as is a record of research related to soil microbial ecology. The candidate is expected to maintain an active, externally-funded research program, teach an undergraduate upper-level soil microbial ecology course, advise undergraduate and graduate student researchers, and participate in professional activities. The candidate is also expected to contribute to shared division responsibilities including learning outcome assessment, seminar, and strategic planning.


The soil microbial ecology faculty will teach a senior level soil microbiology class, which will be 20% of job responsibility. The class is designed to teach students the fundamentals of soil microbiology. Course material will focus on soil microbes and organisms and how they affect soil properties, agriculture production, forest soil processes, cycling of nutrients and contaminants, rhizosphere processes, water quality, and waste management. A three hour lab per week will be taught to provide hands on experience that reinforces lecture materials. Advising of undergraduate and graduate students is expected.

Eighty percent of job responsibility will be to lead a nationally recognized research program in the area of soil microbial ecology. Program research areas may include microbial influences on nutrient cycling for agriculture and forest production, effects of microbes on water quality and quantity, effects of microbes on environmental quality, impact of microbes in rhizospheres on plant growth, degradation of pesticides and contaminants, interaction of microbes with agricultural pests, how soil management practices affect potential pathogens in the food and water supply, or methods for characterizing microbes in the environment.

The soil microbial ecology faculty is expected to conduct research supported by external grant funding, present findings at professional conferences, and publish in peer reviewed scientific journals. The incumbent will recruit, lead and mentor students in research activities. This person will cooperate with internal and external extension and research colleagues to identify research priorities, conduct collaborative projects, and disseminate results. This person will be expected to provide service for university functions and professional organizations.


Minimum Qualifications: Earned Ph.D. at the time of hire in soil science, agronomy, or closely related field, with an emphasis in soil microbiology. Demonstrated record of publishing peer-reviewed research commensurate with career level, and ability to teach soil microbiology class. Must possess excellent written and verbal communication skills. Demonstrated experience with grant writing.

Preferred Qualifications: Record of competitive grant success commensurate with career level. Demonstrated ability to work in interdisciplinary teams to conduct transdisciplinary research and outreach. Demonstrated leadership ability in research. Demonstrated knowledge of the application of research techniques applied to soil microbiology. Demonstrated experience in student mentoring.

Application Procedures:

To be considered, interested persons must complete the online application (which can be accessed at Additional application materials include the following:

a letter of application addressing your qualifications (for both the minimum and preferred qualifications listed) and interests, including a clear description of your research interests and teaching philosophy, CV, names and contact information for at least three (3) professional references, electronic copies of up to three (3) publications (uploaded under "Other Document 1," "Other Document 2," and "Other Document 3," and official transcripts. Transcripts should be sent directly to:

Dayna Willis, Management Assistant
University of Idaho
PSES Department
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2339
Moscow, ID 83844-2339

  • The University of Idaho is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression or any other reason prohibited under Federal, State, or local laws. EOE AA/M/F/D/V

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  • Dr. Daniel Strawn
    Plant, Soil and Entomological Sciences
    University of Idaho, Moscow
    875 Perimeter Drive MS 2330
    Moscow, ID 83844-2339
  • 208-885-2713


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