[ES_JOBS_NET] Postdoc opening: Peatland paleoecology, permafrost, and the global carbon cycle

Miriam Jones mcjones4 at alaska.edu
Mon May 20 18:59:29 MDT 2013

Please circulate the following job announcement to anyone who might be
qualified or interested.

 The University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) seeks a postdoctoral researcher
for an NSF P2C2- funded project focused on understanding of the role of
peatlands and thermokarst lakes in the rise of atmospheric methane
concentrations at the end of the last glacial maximum. We are looking for a
candidate with an interest and expertise in paleoecology, specifically,
peatland and thermokarst lake development, permafrost dynamics, and the
global carbon cycle.

The successful candidate will focus on procuring and digitizing peatland
and permafrost data from the northern high latitudes since deglaciation,
database development and management, applying data synthesis products to
transfer functions, as well as conducting peat core analyses (plant
macrofossils, pollen). In addition to paleoecology, the candidate will work
closely with co-investigators to compare bottom-up and top-down models of
methane sources and sinks. If the candidate has an interest in stable
isotope geochemistry and/or modeling, s/he will have the opportunity to
work more closely on these aspects of the project.

The successful candidate should be close to completing or have completed a
PhD in paleoclimate, paleoecology, or a related field. The candidate should
have experience with peat core analysis, knowledge of modern peatland
ecology, and an interest in the role of peatlands in the global carbon

The postdoc will be hired through the University of Alaska Fairbanks,
advised by PI Katey Walter Anthony (UAF), and co-advised by Miriam Jones
(U.S. Geological Survey in Reston, VA). Other PIs on the project are Guido
Grosse (UAF) and Todd Sowers (Penn State). The one-year postdoc can begin
as early as June 1, 2013 and will remain open until filled.

Applications must include a statement of research interest, a complete CV,
including a complete list of publications, names and contact information
(name, relation to candidate, email, and telephone) for three
referees.  Applications
and inquiries should be sent to Katey Walter Anthony (
kmwalteranthony at alaska.edu) and Miriam Jones (miriamjones at usgs.gov).

The University of Alaska is an Equal Opportunity employer.

Miriam Jones

now at:
U.S. Geological Survey
926A National Center
Reston, VA 20192
email: miriamjones at usgs.gov
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