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The Cadillo Lab in the School of Life Sciences at Arizona State University (Tempe, AZ) is seeking a PhD student. Research in the Cadillo Lab (https://cadillo-lab.asu.edu) examines interdisciplinary subjects related to ecosystems processes, carbon cycling and the role of microbes at different spatial and temporal scales.

The PhD position focus on transdisciplinary work in ecosystem analysis and integrative modeling of microbes and methane flux predictions for Amazon peatlands. The incoming PhD student will participate in studies of spatial ecology of methane emission and ecosystem-level flux modeling with focus on integrating trait-based predictions for microbial guilds including decomposers and methane-producing microbes (genomic and environmental data). The student will join an NSF CAREER project including field work in Spanish-speaking countries, integrating microbial physiological data and geochemistry studies in microbe-inclusive ecosystem modeling. Prior research experience in flux data sciences, CH4 modeling, or ecosystem studies is desirable, and any level of microbial ecology is a plus but not strictly required. The student will be expected to demonstrate an ability to work collaboratively, participate in international training, and bridge field and laboratory-based research.

Students with appropriate background from any related field (ecosystem or data sciences, environmental sciences, geochemistry, environmental microbiology, and others) are encouraged to apply to this multidisciplinary position.

Students with a record of publication or master’s degree, strong quantitative skills, and appropriate experiences will be given preference. Start date for graduate studies is Summer or Fall 2023. To express interest in the positions please email Prof Cadillo-Quiroz at [email protected] and include 1) a statement of research interests and experience, 2) a CV, and 3) a writing sample, if available. Candidates will be considered for PhD admission through either of the following programs: Environmental Life Sciences PhD program, PhD in Microbiology, or PhD in Biological Design (see program details: https://sols.asu.edu/degree-programs/graduate and https://sbhse.engineering.asu.edu/biologicaldesignoverview/). Preferred initial contact is requested before Nov 15 2022 to be closely follow by PhD application process. Request after December 1 will be accepted in an available basis.

ASU provides a strong and vibrant research environment through multiple units related to this project including the School of Life Sciences (https://sols.asu.edu), the Global Institute of Sustainability (https://sustainability.asu.edu/), the Biodesign Institute (https://biodesign.asu.edu/), and the School of Earth and Space Exploration (https://sese.asu.edu/), the Center for Fundamental and Applied Microbiomics (https://biodesign.asu.edu/fundamental-and-applied-microbiomics), the Swetty Center for Environmental Biotechnology (https://biodesign.asu.edu/environmental-biotechnology), and others.

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