[ES_JOBS_NET] PhD position at CSU Department of Soil and Crop Sciences

Erika Marín-Spiotta marinspiotta at wisc.edu
Wed Aug 19 09:10:47 MDT 2015

*Graduate Research Assistant PhD – Sustainability of bioenergy forest
plantation soils Department of Soil and Crop Sciences*

*Colorado State University*

We seek a highly motivated PhD student to conduct field-based research on
sustainability of southern pine feedstocks for bioenergy production.  The
research will consist of measurement, analysis and interpretation of soil C
stocks and stock changes and soil greenhouse gas emissions (CO2, N2O, CH4)
as a function of site characteristics, land use history and
management.  Applicants
will need to be willing to work and live in a rural environment in the
Southeastern US for extended periods of time (up to 2 months duration). The
student will work as part of a large effort including ecosystem modeling
and life cycle analysis, with Drs. M. Francesca Cotrufo and Keith Paustian
as joint advisors.

The position requires a minimum of a BSc in soil science, ecology or
closely related areas. Preferred applicants will have: 1) an MSc, 2)
previous experience in field work involving soil biogeochemistry/ecology,
and 3) good writing and quantitative skills.  Funding is available for 3
years, with potential continuation, contingent upon performance and
availability of funding.   Salary level is $2,052 per month + tuition.

Applicants are requested to submit a CV, transcripts, a letter of
motivation and names and addresses of two references to Francesca Cotrufo
at francesca.cotrufo at colostate.edu at their earliest convenience.
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled; however, to
ensure full consideration applications should be submitted by September 30
2015. The anticipated starting date for the position is January 11, 2016,
but is negotiable.

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is
free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color,
religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran
status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or
expression, or pregnancy. Colorado State University is an equal
opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to
achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado
State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination
and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101
Student Services

Colorado State University strives to provide a safe study, work, and living
environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support
this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, Colorado
State University conducts background checks. The type of background check
conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to,
criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor
vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification.
Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and
when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to
do so.

Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected
to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and

For any further information about the position please do not hesitate to

Dr. M. Francesca Cotrufo, http://www.nrel.colostate.edu/cotrufo-home.html


M. Francesca Cotrufo, PhD

Professor, Dept. Soil & Crop Sciences

Senior Scientist, Natural Resource Ecology Lab


Colorado State University

Fort Collins, Colorado 80523-1499

Tel. (970) 491-6056; Fax  (970) 491-1965

Cell. +39 3498362175



Faculty Director, EcoCore Analytical Services


Subject Editor, Global Change Biology

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