[ES_JOBS_NET] PhD Students, Post-B.S., and/or Post-M.S. Researchers in Soil Biogeochemistry

Erika Marín-Spiotta marinspiotta at wisc.edu
Fri Jul 15 18:24:39 MDT 2016

Job Posting Title

*PhD Students, Post-B.S., and/or Post-M.S. Researchers in Soil

Posted Date


End Posting Date



The Environmental Sciences Division (ESD), http://www.esd.ornl.gov, and the
Climate Change Science Institute (CCSI),
http://climatechangescience.ornl.gov/, at Oak Ridge National Laboratory
(ORNL), http://www.ornl.gov, has several positions available immediately.
Some positions are in collaboration or association with the University of
Tennessee (UT) or the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education
(ORISE). Expertise or interest in soil carbon cycling, soil greenhouse gas
emissions, microbial ‘omics, oxidation-reduction processes of soil
minerals, and phosphorus interactions in tropical and temperate
environments is desired. We seek team-oriented candidates with experience
or interests in experiments and observations that are interested to model
or to work closely with modelers to use biogeochemical information to
improve soil carbon cycle models.

Major Duties/Responsibilities

The ideal candidates will interact closely with a team of soil
biogeochemists, modelers, and bioinformaticists to investigate relations
between geochemical and microbiological features of soils and greenhouse
gas releases. The work will involve lab- and field-scale measurements of
greenhouse gas emissions, microbial ‘omics, phosphorus interactions
including sorption, and soil geochemistry. The work may also involve
literature review and data analysis. The candidate is expected to work
closely with a team of modelers to utilize experimental data and
observations to improve and develop models. Interest in modeling is desired
but not required. Participation in scientific conferences and timely
publication of results are expected for the more advanced candidates, and
desired for the less experienced candidates.

Qualifications Required

Qualifications required will depend on the exact position. ORNL is
interested in receiving applications from outstanding candidates seeking a
doctoral dissertation at UT or elsewhere. Field work in tropical
environments will be required.

For post-masters researchers, an M.S. is required in Environmental Science,
Soil Biogeochemistry, Soil Microbiology, Soil Science, Biogeochemical
Modeling, or a related field. Excellent oral and written communication
skills and the ability to communicate ideas clearly and effectively are
required. Applicants cannot have received the most recent degree more than
five years prior to the date of application and must complete all degree
requirements before starting their appointment.

For post-B.S. researchers, more flexibility is possible with the
candidates’ backgrounds and skill levels. A desire to work in lab or field
environments in either tropical or temperate environments is required.

Candidates can direct questions to Dr. Melanie Mayes at
mayesma at ornl.gov.  Candidates
should apply to Mr. Doug Dross at crossdr at ornl.gov and should include a CV,
a short cover letter, and contact information for three references.

This position will remain open for a minimum of 5 days after which it will
close when a qualified candidate is identified and/or hired. We accept
Word(.doc, .docx), Excel(.xls, .xlsx), PowerPoint(.ppt, .pptx),
Adobe(.pdf), Rich Text Format(.rtf), HTML(.htm,.hmtl) and text files(.txt)
up to 2MB in size. Resumes from third party vendors will not be accepted;
these resumes will be deleted and the candidates submitted will not be
considered for employment.

ORNL, UT, and ORISE are equal opportunity employers. All qualified
applicants, including individuals with disabilities and protected veterans,
are encouraged to apply.
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