[ES_JOBS_NET] Postdoc position announcement: Soil response to prescribed fire (MSU, USDA FS)

Jessica R. Miesel mieselje at msu.edu
Thu Jul 28 10:46:31 MDT 2016

Postdoc position announcement: Soil response to prescribed fire in pine
barrens restoration (MSU, USDA FS)

Position description: The Department of Forestry at Michigan State
University, in collaboration with the USDA Forest Service Northern Research
Station, is seeking a highly motivated postdoc for a project investigating
the effects of prescribed fire and resulting soil heating on soil carbon,
nutrients, seedbanks and hardwood regeneration in the context of ecosystem
restoration. The postdoc will be co-advised by Dr. Jessica Miesel (MSU) and
Dr. Randy Kolka (USDA FS NRS). The position will consist of analyzing data
and writing scientific publications, participating in field measurements,
and developing funding proposals. Primary responsibilities will be focused
on soil carbon and nutrient response to heating, however, the postdoc will
be expected to fully engage as an integral member of a multi-disciplinary
research team, and to pursue cross-disciplinary data analysis that promotes
understanding of ecosystem response to restoration treatments. The majority
(75%) of the position will be focused on the development of high-impact
manuscripts (requiring independence and collaboration in data analysis,
presentation, and scientific writing), and 25% of the position will entail
developing independent research related to the overall goals of the project
(including developing funding proposals, and developing and implementing
novel research related to the existing project). The postdoc will also be
expected to contribute to overall project management activities and to
mentoring student researchers. Funding is available for two years. The
position will begin as a one-year appointment, with extension available
depending on satisfactory performance and continued funding.

Required qualifications: The successful candidate will have: 1) an earned
PhD in soil science, ecology, environmental science, biogeochemistry,
forestry, or related field by the position start date; 2) demonstrated
skill in statistical analysis; 3) excellent writing skills as evidenced by
a strong publication record; 4) The ability to work well independently and
collaboratively; 5) demonstrated ability to successfully initiate, manage,
and complete professional projects. Additional beneficial qualifications
include: familiarity with GIS; familiarity with soil heating, fire, process
and/or ecosystem models; previous experience conducting field research
independently and as a team; previous experience operating analytical
laboratory equipment; an exceptional work ethic and professionalism.

Location: The position will be based at Michigan State University in East
Lansing, MI, USA. Shared housing near Ashland, Wisconsin will be provided
during field campaigns.

To Apply: Apply online at https://jobs.msu.edu to position number 3748
before midnight (US Eastern time) on Tuesday, September 6, 2016. Upload the
following required documents as a single PDF: 1) a letter of interest
detailing qualifications for the position, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) a list
of three professional references with contact information (institution,
email address, phone number), and 4) three samples of professional writing.
Incomplete applications will not be considered (however, contact Dr. Miesel
at mieselje at msu.edu if your single PDF file size exceeds the allowable
upload limit).

Application deadline: September 6, 2016. Desired start date is early
January 2017, but earlier or later start dates may be possible if
identified in the application cover letter. Questions about the position
should be directed to Dr. Miesel at mieselje at msu.edu.
*MSU is an equal opportunity employer and the Department of Forestry is
committed to promoting diversity in research.*


*Jessica R. Miesel, PhD*Assistant Professor
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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