Postdoctoral Researcher

  • Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Academic
  • Full Time

The Hynson (, Amend ( and Nelson ( Labs at The University of Hawaiʻi i at Mānoa are seeking a highly motivated postdoctoral researcher to work on a project recently funded study by the W.M. Keck Foundation titled “Establishing a Hawaiian Watershed as a Model Microbiome Mesocosm”. A synopsis of the project can be found below.

Specifically, we are looking for applicants with a background in one or more of the following:

Plant-microbe ecophysiology, microbial ecology, microbial metagenomics, stable isotopes or other mass spec tools (ex. lipidomics, metabalomics, NanoSIMS, SIP), and/or plant-soil feedbacks.

This researcher will study plant-microbial interactions with an emphasis on microbiome functional ecology. With a team of PIs and students, the researcher will conduct greenhouse, growth chamber, and field experiments to investigate the fundamental mechanisms underpinning plant-associated symbioses, and will use a suite of ecophysiological and molecular tools to understand the diversity and function of microbes across an entire watershed.


Minimum qualifications include:

· PhD in microbial ecology, plant-microbe ecophysiology, microbial molecular ecology, plant-soil feedbacks or related field.

· Evidence of scientific productivity in the form of peer-reviewed publications.

· Strong science writing and communication skills.

· Ability to work independently as well as a productive member of a team, including mentoring experience.

The postdoc will be expected to carry out a portion of the work outlined in our project, but will also have the option of developing studies within his/her specific area of interest as they relate to microbiome studies. This includes potential collaborations with the Center for Microbiome Analysis through Island Knowledge and Investigation ( Pay is commensurate with experience, start date is somewhat flexible, and appointment is for one year with the possibility to extend for an additional 1-2 years provided acceptable progress.

Interested parties should email the following to Nicole Hynson at:

· A brief cover letter outlining your background relevant to the project.

· A current CV detailing how you meet the minimum criteria with a list of 3 potential references and their contact info.

Review of applications will begin on January 21, 2019 but the position will remain open until filled.

Posted 11 months ago