Graduate and Postdoc opportunities

PhD positions – soil microbial genomics and biosphere-atmosphere trace gas exchange

The Ecosystem Genomics lab at the University of Arizona (UA) in Tucson is seeking two highly motivated PhD students to work on resolving microbial drivers of soil-atmosphere trace gas fluxes. The students will have the opportunity to work in a vibrant, interdisciplinary setting including the BIO5 institute, Biosphere 2, School of Natural Resources and the Environment, and UA’s visionary initiative in Ecosystem Genomics. Students will develop their own research projects on key trace gases and biogeochemical cycles (i.e., carbon dioxide, methane, hydrogen, carbon monoxide, carbonyl sulfide). Research foci may include linking genes to microbial trace gas production or consumption, addressing scaling challenges in the complex and heterogeneous soil system, characterizing the key biotic and abiotic controls on ecosystem trace gas fluxes, or other areas related to the applicant’s interest.

The applicant should have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree (but a master’s degree is preferred) in microbiology, biology, ecology, soil science, atmospheric sciences, atmospheric chemistry or related field. A strong background is required in either 1) instrumentation and quantitative analysis, with preference given to those with programming experience or 2) laboratory techniques in molecular biology, microbiology, or bioinformatics. The positions include a stipend, tuition waiver, and health insurance, with a projected start date of August 2019.

Interested candidates should contact Laura Meredith (laurameredith[at] and send a CV, letter of interest, research statement, and if possible a writing sample.

Fellowships are a great way to support your graduate experience!

NSF GRFP applications are due October 23, 2017, and email Laura Meredith to collaboratively prepare one. More information:

Graduate Research Fellowship Program: October Deadline