[ES_JOBS_NET] Fwd: [ISOGEOCHEM] CZO post-doctoral position at the U. of Kansas

Erika Marín-Spiotta marinspiotta at wisc.edu
Mon Jul 28 11:33:21 MDT 2014

Dear Colleagues,

A post-doctoral position is available in my lab at the University of Kansas
to conduct work at the Calhoun Critical Zone Observatory.  Interested
individuals may contact me with any questions about the job at
sharon.billings at ku.edu.  Thanks very much.


Sharon Billings

Position Overview

A full-time research position in ecosystem ecology and biogeochemistry is
available at the University of Kansas.  We seek a dedicated individual to
develop our understanding of how land use history, forest development, and
climate can influence contemporary soil biogeochemical processes at the
newly established Calhoun Critical Zone Observatory in South Carolina,
USA.  The successful candidate will:

1) Work at remote field sites in S.C. using established and emerging
biogeochemical tools to investigate soil organic matter dynamics and their
biological, geological, and chemical drivers throughout multiple, deep soil

2) Develop and implement well-controlled laboratory and modeling
experiments to understand potential mechanisms driving biogeochemical
fluxes currently observed in Calhoun’s old growth and aggrading forests,
and to estimate historical fluxes; and

3) Work interactively with a dynamic team of investigators at diverse
career stages and representing multiple universities and research interests
to build the field, lab, data and web infrastructure critical for Calhoun
CZO long-term success, and serve as a liaison between the Calhoun CZO group
at large and the Billings lab.

NOTE: This position requires travel for weeks at a time to remote field
sites, conducting strenuous field work under primitive conditions for
multiple days in a row including digging soil pits/auger deep soil wells,
and lifting and carrying  instrumentation weighing up to 50 pounds.

Job Description

Contribute to the Billings lab and the Calhoun CZO by:

80%  Collaboratively conduct field, laboratory, and modeling research
activities to explore microcosm-, plot-, and ecosystem-scale biogeochemical
fluxes at the Calhoun CZO and in the lab using Calhoun soils and proxies
for microbial substrates; generate manuscripts publishable in top-quality,
peer-reviewed journals and presentations for national and international
conferences; and participate in proposal writing using data and ideas
generated via these efforts

10% Supervise undergraduates and assist in the supervision of graduate
students in the Billings lab

10% Contribute to database generation, website development in collaboration
with project managers, lab group meetings, journal clubs, Departmental
seminar attendance, and general lab upkeep

Required Qualifications

1. Ph.D. at the time of hire in ecosystem ecology, biology, environmental
chemistry, geology, soil science or related field.
2. At least two years’ experience quantifying biogeochemical fluxes related
to soils such as gross and net nitrogen mineralization, decay of
well-characterized soil organic matter compounds, and/or CO2 efflux.
3. At least two years’ experience in the application of stable isotopes for
understanding soil and/or plant fluxes of carbon and/or nutrients.
4. Excellent written English communication skills as evidenced by previous
publications and application materials.

*NOTE: To be appointed at the Postdoctoral Researcher title, it is
necessary to have the PhD conferred at the time of hire.  Appointments made
without a diploma or certified transcript indicating an earned doctorate
are conditional hires and are appointed on an interim basis not to exceed
6-months. Upon verification of degree the appointment will be extended to
its full duration.*

Preferred Qualifications

1. Experience collecting [CO2] and isotopic signatures of CO2 using cavity
ring-down spectroscopy, in field and/or lab conditions.
2. Experience linking stable isotopic signatures of ecosystem carbon pools
to measured flux rates.

Duration of appointment: 3 years. Continuation is dependent on availability
of funds and satisfactory performance.

Apply online at http://employment.ku.edu/staff/1304BR.  Review of
applications begins on September 14, 2014.  Estimated start date is January
5, 2015.

KU is an EO/AAE.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for
employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin,
disability or protected Veteran status.


Dr. Sharon Billings

Director of Graduate Studies and Associate Chair, Department of Ecology and
Evolutionary Biology

Kansas Biological Survey

University of Kansas

Lawrence, KS 66047

785-864-1560, sharon.billings at ku.edu




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