Join us!

Whether you are an undergraduate, a prospective graduate student or a postdoc – we are always willing to discuss the possibility of having you on our team!  We are especially interested in hearing from folks that are bright-eyed, bushy-tailed, self-starting, teachable, positive, dependable, perseverant and responsible. Because we have a broad range of projects in our laboratory spanning both aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, we seek individuals from diverse backgrounds.

Current Opportunities:

The Carini Laboratory in the Department of Soil, Water and Environmental Science at the University of Arizona is looking to hire a postdoctoral researcher to investigate the ecophysiologies of soil microbes. Apply here: https://uacareers.com/postings/30988

We are not hiring for a specific project. Rather, we are hiring someone with their own vision of how cultivation-centric studies of the soil microbiome can be used to advance our knowledge of the function or biodiversity of terrestrial ecosystems. The individual hired will have the opportunity to substantially shape their research direction within the context of several ongoing projects.

Our laboratory investigates soil microbial diversity using the cell as the central unit of study. All of our projects lie near the intersection of cell biology, genomics (including genome evolution), microbial ecology and biogeochemistry. We use advanced cultivation-centric approaches to culture and study bacteria in oligotrophic environments, including the terrestrial shallow subsurface, the Sonoran desert and mining sites. We are particularly interested in understanding the microbial metabolism of trace gases (H2, CO and CH4), trace minerals and organic carbon and how these microbes interact with each other and plant roots.

This will be a 1-year appointment with a second-year option based on performance and availability of funds. Salary will be competitive.

We have several projects or datasets that can be quickly transformed into manuscripts. If you have a vision for a project that fits with what we do here, please reach out to Paul Carini.

Tucson is an affordable, beautiful and culturally diverse city in the Sonoran desert of southern Arizona.

Direct project-specific inquiries to paulcarini@email.arizona.edu

Topics may include:

  • Culturing ‘unculturable’ bacteria
  • Investigating cell physiology of soil bacteria using genome-enabled hypothesis testing. This may include: genome analysis, RNASeq, metabolomics, proteomics, or some combination of these
  • Seek to understand the drivers of microbial diversity within closely related microbial lineages and understand the implications of this diversity across scales from the cell to the ecosystem
  • Pursue the development of functional genomics approaches (for example Tn-seq systems) in novel soil isolates

Required skills:

  1. PhD in microbiology, molecular biology, or a related field.
  2. Evidence of scholarly research productivity in the form of first-authored publications or preprints
  3. Tenacity, patience, and creativity

The most attractive applicant will additionally have one or more of the following skill sets:

  1. Design and implementation of experiments with fastidious bacteria (oligotrophs, anaerobes, intracellular microbes, etc.), or a profound desire to learn these skills
  2. Genome analysis, metabolic reconstruction and genome-enabled hypothesis generation
  3. Generating and analyzing data from microbial transcriptomics, metabolomics, or proteomics studies
  4. TnSeq library construction and data analysis

This will be a 1-year appointment with a second-year option based on performance and availability of funds. Salary will be competitive.

Tucson is an affordable, beautiful and culturally diverse city in the Sonoran desert of southern Arizona.

Apply here: https://uacareers.com/postings/30988


Undergraduates: Contact Dr. Carini about potential research projects.

Prospective graduate students: Before applying to graduate school, contact Dr. Carini (but first read this). You will need to apply for graduate school, currently as a Department of Soil, Water and Environmental Science student, which is outlined here. Students with a Master’s degree or 2+ years post-graduate laboratory experience are strongly encouraged to inquire about PhD positions. There are limited opportunities for teaching assistantships as a graduate student, which means most admission decisions will depend on whether we have money to support you. You can help by bringing your own funding. As a student in our lab, you will be encouraged to apply for external funding.

Prospective Postdocs: We are always happy to discuss how your ideas fit with the work we do and ways to fund your work in our lab.