Postdoctoral position in rumen microbiology

Brieuc Morvan morvanb at agresearch.cri.nz
Thu Aug 20 15:43:55 EST 1998

Situation Vacant


A research position exists at AgResearch Grasslands, Palmerston North, New 
Zealand for a postdoctoral researcher to work in rumen microbiology. The 
appointee will investigate microbes and microbial processes involved in methane 
formation in the rumen microbial ecosystem. The aim is to identify and 
understand microbial factors so that strategies can be developed to minimise 
methane emissions from grazing ruminants. This will be a 2 year appointment 
starting in July, 1998. Please send curriculum vitae to 
joblink at agresearch.cri.nz by August 31.

Duties will include:

· developing batch culture and chemostat methods for culturing methanogens  and 
non-methanogenic hydrogenotrophs. 

· purifying, culturing, and identifying ruminal hydrogenotrophs from high- and 
low-methane producing sheep.

· developing PCR primer methods and 16S rDNA/RNA probe technologies for 
monitoring hydrogenotrophic populations in the rumen and in in vitro cultures.
· identifying ecological factors affecting ruminal hydrogenotrophic populations. 
· writing reports. 

Person Specification

The person will have postgraduate, preferably postdoctoral, experience in 
anaerobic or rumen microbiology and an interest in developing new methods for 
controlling microbial activities in the rumen ecosystem.  Experience in applying 
molecular biological techniques to  the monitoring, identification  or screening 
of micro-organisms will be of benefit. The appointee will be self motivating, 
able to work independently and have good communication skills.
For further information, contact: 
Dr Keith Joblin at Agresearch in Palmerston North, New Zealand at 
joblink at agresearch.cri.nz ;   Fax 64-6-351 8003

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