Designing resilient soil ecosystems

Lincoln, Canterbury
Bioprotection Aotearoa
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Kia whakatōmuri te haere whakamua : I walk backwards into the future with my eyes fixed on my past.

We’re offering an exciting opportunity for a Postdoctoral Fellow to work with Bioprotection Aotearoa leading researchers Co-Director and Principal Research Officer Amanda Black and Dr Steve Wakelin, as we dive deep into the history of Aotearoa New Zealand’s soils and landscape management that has been imprinted into the soil microbiome.

The position is based at Lincoln University.

This study will be carried out in partnership with indigenous land owners (mana whenua), using analytical tools, including carbon dating, carbon quantity and quality (e.

g. NMR or FT-IR), and ecology (eDNA). Alongside indigenous knowledge of forests and soils, these will be used to reconstruct ecosystem state back in chronological sequences.

This data will be woven together with indigenous knowledge of settlement, land-use management, and climate shifts, bringing together a holistic understanding of changes in soil, communities and climate of the past.

The fellowship will connect the biological as well as the cultural history of soils and changes over time. From this base, we will move forward to make joint and informed decisions to guide sustainable future management.

Ngā tino Pūkenga / Whēako Essential skills / experiences for the role

Applicants will be required to have :

  • a PhD in a relevant biological and / or bioanalytical field
  • experience in soil carbon ecology, including carbon extraction and characterisation using a range of analytical techniques
  • knowledge of ecological genomics approaches for characterisation of both the phylogenetic and functional status of soil microbiomes
  • clear evidence of statistical competence, in the appropriate fields, at a high level
  • demonstrated cultural competence and ability to establish and maintain partnerships with Māori stakeholders, and the research community
  • a developing record of scholarly research and publication
  • good interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to work with students and staff from a diverse range of backgrounds.

Programming skills in R and plant taxonomy would be an advantage.

As travel between field sites may be a feature of this position, a current driver’s licence is required.

This is a full-time, two-year, fixed-term position.

Ko wai mātou Who we are

As the longest-running land-based university in the Southern Hemisphere, Lincoln University’s story begins with farming, but it certainly doesn’t end there.

As New Zealand’s economy diversified, so have we. Lincoln University is here to enhance and enrich lives. To grow the knowledge of our students so they can shape a world that benefits from a greater understanding of the relationship between our land, the food produced from it and the ecosystems within it.

With three academic faculties, one teaching division, several research centres and a range of corporate service units, the Lincoln University draws its students from throughout New Zealand and from over 60 countries.

Lincoln University has a student roll of around 3,000 and approximately 600 staff.

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