Postdoc/grad student positions in plant-microbe symbiosis in the Porter Lab

Grad student & postdoc positions: Evolutionary ecology of plant-microbe symbiosis.


Post doc details below. Note – Dr. Porter was a PhD student at UC Davis and she is both brilliant and awesome.

“Postdoctoral Position: Plant-microbe symbiosis and biological invasions

A postdoctoral position in plant-microbe symbiosis and biological
invasions is available in the Porter lab
( at Washington State
University, Vancouver. The postdoc will join an NSF-funded project to
examine the ecological and evolutionary forces reshaping plant-microbe
symbioses during biological invasions (DEB-1355216). This research
will leverage genomic tools in the model symbiosis between leguminous
plants and nitrogen-fixing symbiotic rhizobium bacteria to examine
ecological dynamics and the evolution of cooperation in natural and
experimentally evolved invasions.

Project opportunities: There will be intellectual freedom for the
postdoc to pursue novel projects as well as the opportunity to
collaborate on ongoing Porter lab research on the Medicago-Ensifer
model invasion biology system, including plant and bacterial
population genomics, quantitative genetic cross-inoculation
experiments in the greenhouse, and/or studies of ecological dynamics
in the field. Research will be conducted in close collaboration with
the Friesen lab at Michigan State University
( and funding will be provided
for the postdoc to visit scientists at MSU on a regular basis, if
desired. The postdoctoral researcher will be expected to lead-author
peer-reviewed scientific articles and funding will be provided to give
national conference presentations.

Location: Washington State University, Vancouver is a vibrant, rapidly
growing institution
located in the greater Portland/Vancouver metropolitan area, near the
Columbia River, Cascade Mountains and coastal ocean, and as such
offers an exceptional quality of life.


PhD in evolutionary ecology, genomics, microbial biology, and/or plant biology
Demonstrated written and oral English communication skills & publication record

Appointment is for one year at full time plus benefits starting at
$45K annually, with NIH-level salary increases for years of
postdoctoral experience; expectation of renewal for up to three years
pending quality performance. The start date is flexible.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is
filled. To apply, please send a single pdf email attachment with
“Microbial Symbiosis Postdoc” in the email subject line. Include a
1-page statement of research interests and experience, a curriculum
vitae, copies of relevant publications, and contact information for 3
references, to


PorterEtal_Ni adaptation ms_ismej201688a.pdf

Author: Jonathan Eisen

I am an evolutionary biologist and a Professor at U. C. Davis. (see my lab site here). My research focuses on the origin of novelty (how new processes and functions originate). To study this I focus on sequencing and analyzing genomes of organisms, especially microbes and using phylogenomic analysis

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