[ES_JOBS_NET] Permafrost postdoc in the Schuur Lab at NAU

Erika Marín-Spiotta marinspiotta at wisc.edu
Wed Dec 10 12:26:39 MST 2014

 Subject: Postdoctoral Research Position




Northern Arizona University

We are seeking to fill a Postdoctoral research position in the Center for
Ecosystem Science and Society at Northern Arizona University.  The fellow
will assist in a project focused on the fate of permafrost carbon in a
warming world.  The research is field and lab based, with the primary field
location near Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska.  The research foci
are (1) net ecosystem carbon exchange and loss of old C from a gradient of
sites undergoing permafrost thaw, and similar measurements in (2) a new
experimental manipulation of permafrost thaw and water table. Radiocarbon
measurements of C pools and fluxes are an important component of this
project for determining the age of C losses from ecosystems.

The postdoc will be primarily responsible for running the field component
of this project in particular focusing on operation and interpretation of
eddy covariance measurements. Other activities include supervising
personnel and interfacing with other team members, interfacing with and/or
making measurements of isotope fluxes, ecosystem C exchange, vegetation
aboveground productivity, and associated environmental measurements.  The
postdoc will be expected to organize, analyze, and maintain large data sets
generated from a number of sensors and gas exchange measurement systems,
and participate in data analysis and publications. There are also
opportunities within the context of this project to develop related
research interests on climate change effects in high latitude ecosystems.

Candidates with a background in biogeochemistry, ecosystem ecology, plant
ecology, soil science, forestry, hydrology, or isotopes are encouraged to
apply.  Experience with LICOR eddy covariance equipment, Campbell data
loggers, SAS or R programming, or isotopes would be helpful.  The postdoc
will generally spend a significant amount of time during the spring-to-fall
(May through September) field season in Alaska running the field project,
with winters spent in Flagstaff, AZ on lab and data analysis.  Experience
with working and living in rugged field conditions is required. Salary is
commensurate with experience, and full health care benefits are provided
for individuals and families. Please send cover letter including the
names/contact of 3 references and CV to: Dr. Ted Schuur; ted.schuur at nau.edu.
Application review starting Jan. 15; position open until filled.
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