Postdoctoral researcher -- Bioaerosols

Job Type
Job Institution
South Dakota State University
Job Description

We are looking for a motivated environmental microbiologist to join our team, (preferably) starting in January 2023. The successful candidate will work on a federal funded project with the goal to develop a microbial composition-assisted particulate matter (PM) source apportionment method for livestock farms and neighboring communities. Field PM sampling will be a major part of the project. However, a graduate student and two undergraduate students will be hired to coordinate the field sampling effort. The successful candidate will work under the supervision of Drs. Xufei Yang (who directs the Air Quality Research Lab) and Jose Gonzalez (who leads the SDSU’s Genomics Sequencing Facility). She/he will have an opportunity to collaborate with Dr. Xinlei Wang at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign on the same project.


  • Ph.D. in microbiology, environmental engineering/science, veterinary science, soil science, or other related disciplines
  • Research experience with 16S rRNA or shotgun metagenomic sequencing and relevant taxonomic analysis
  • Self-motivated, able to work independently in a multidisciplinary collaborative environment
  • Good oral and written communication skills

Preferred but not required:

  • Prior publications about aerobiology/bioaerosols
  • A basic understanding of air quality and particulate matterGood oral and written communication skills
  • The position is for two years and may be renewable based on performance and fund availability. An applicant may send her/his CV and the names of three references to Further information about the position is available upon inquiry.