[ES_JOBS_NET] Postdoc announcement: soil heating patterns in pine barrens restoration (Michigan State University & USDA FS Northern Research Station)

Jessica R. Miesel mieselje at msu.edu
Mon Jul 27 12:03:15 MDT 2015

*Post-Doctoral Position Announcement:*

*Soil heating patterns in pine barrens restoration*

Department of Forestry, Michigan State University

*Position description: *The Department of Forestry at Michigan State
University, in collaboration with the USDA Forest Service Northern Research
Station (NRS), is seeking a highly motivated post-doctoral researcher for a
project investigating soil heating processes and the effects of soil
heating on soil carbon, nutrients, seedbanks and hardwood regeneration. The
researcher will be co-advised by Dr. Jessica Miesel (MSU) and Dr. Randy
Kolka (USDA FS NRS) and will be responsible for coordinating, planning and
conducting the field and laboratory components of the project, with
assistance from field and laboratory technicians. Primary responsibilities
will be focused on soil carbon and nutrient response to heating, however,
opportunity will exist to participate in seedbank response, vegetation
response, and/or soil heat flux modeling depending on interest. The
post-doctoral researcher will be an integral member of an active research
team and will be expected to develop independent research related to the
overall goals of the project, to actively participate in publishing and
proposal writing, and to contribute to mentoring student researchers
involved in the project. The position will begin as a one-year appointment,
with extension available to 2.5 years depending on satisfactory

*Qualifications: *The successful applicant will have: 1) a PhD in soil
science, ecology, fire science, forestry, or related field; 2) demonstrated
success in managing complex projects, including planning and conducting
field work to meet multiple research objectives and supervising field and
laboratory assistants; and 3) excellent verbal and written communication
skills including publishing in peer-reviewed research journals.

*Location: *The position will be based at Michigan State University in East
Lansing, MI, USA; however, field seasons beginning in May will be based
near Ashland, WI. Shared housing will be provided during the field season.

*To Apply: *Applicants should email *as a single PDF*: 1) a letter of
interest detailing qualifications for the position, 2) curriculum vitae, 3)
a list of 3 professional references with contact information (institution,
email address, phone number), and 4) three samples of professional writing,
to Dr. Jessica Miesel at mieselje at msu.edu.

*Application deadline: *Applications will be considered on a rolling basis
beginning September 15, 2015 so you are encouraged to apply as early as
possible. Desired start date is early January 2016.

*For more information: *Contact Dr. Jessica Miesel at
mieselje at msu.edu. *In-person
meetings or interviews can be arranged for applicants attending the Fire
Ecology & Management Congress in San Antonio, TX, 16-20 November 2015 or
the Soil Science Society of America Conference in Minneapolis, MN, 15-18
November 2015.*


*Jessica R. Miesel, PhD*Assistant Professor of Applied Forest Ecology and
Department of Forestry
Michigan State University
480 Wilson Rd. Rm. 126
East Lansing, MI 48824-1222

Office location: Natural Resources 112
Office phone: 517-355-8239
Google voice (mobile): 920-341-3473

Email: mieselje at msu.edu
Website: http://www.for.msu.edu/people/jessica_miesel
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