Keiser Lab

soil and ecosystem ecology

Join the Lab!

June 10, 2021

We are hiring a postdoc!

We are seeking a postdoctoral researcher interested in projects exploring plant-soil interactions, litter decomposition, home-field advantage, or coupled C & N dynamics. In this position, you will help design and lead two new projects exploring patterns and processes linking microbial community traits and ecosystem function. Experience with stable isotopes, extracellular enzyme activity assays, and measuring soil and microbial C and N cycling is preferred. The position is through the Stockbridge School of Agriculture at UMass Amherst where you will join a growing and diverse group of faculty and researchers interested in soils. This is a 1-year funded position, with possibility of renewal.

Qualifications: We are searching for a highly motivated candidate with a PhD in soil ecology, ecosystem ecology, biogeochemistry, or related fields. The candidate should understand ecosystem biogeochemical processes, including C & N cycling. The candidate should have experience measuring soil C & N pools and fluxes, and excellent skills in analyzing research data (e.g. R). Candidates should be comfortable working independently, but also be able to communicate effectively with project collaborators. The candidate should have a strong work ethic, creative problem-solving skills, and be able to demonstrate strong written and oral communication skills.

Responsibilities: The candidate will design and implement two new projects. The candidate will synthesize and analyze existing and new project data. The candidate is expected to communicate research results within the research group, through conference presentations and in peer-reviewed journal articles. The candidate will develop a career mentoring plan with Dr. Keiser and will contribute to mentoring graduate and undergraduate students.

To apply, please submit your CV and a cover letter indicating how your background and skillset would fit with our research and the position via email to Ashley Keiser ( Please include the contact information for three people who can write a letter of reference at the end of your CV. Letters will be requested for finalists. Please apply by July 2nd for full consideration.

General Information for Potential Students:

Graduate students interested in joining the Keiser Lab can be admitted through one of two graduate programs:

Plant and Soil Sciences:

Organismic and Evolutionary Biology:

Interested students should first contact Dr. Ashley Keiser ( before submitting an application to discuss available funding and the appropriate graduate program. When inquiring with Dr. Keiser, please include your CV.