[ES_JOBS_NET] CTFSNET: Job Opportunity: Postdoc fellowship positions with CTFS-ForestGEO

Erika Marín-Spiotta marinspiotta at wisc.edu
Thu Jun 22 09:58:48 MDT 2017

*Three Postdoctoral Fellowship Positions - CTFS-ForestGEO, Smithsonian
Institution *

CTFS-ForestGEO is a global network of forest research plots and scientists
dedicated to the study of tropical and temperate forest function and
diversity. CTFS-ForestGEO conducts long-term, large-scale research on
forests around the world to increase scientific understanding of forest
ecosystems, guide sustainable forest management and natural-resource
policy, monitor the impacts of environmental change, and build capacity in
forest science.

*The Center for Tropical Forest Science - Forest Global Earth
Observatory* (CTFS-ForestGEO)
invites applications for two-year postdoctoral fellowships in soil-forest
interactions, plant-water relations, and tropical forest dynamics.

*Position: Soil-Forest Interactions*

The initiative aims to develop a quantitative understanding of the
influence of soil nutrient availability on the structure and function of
lowland tropical forests. The candidate will use data from forest dynamics
plots to link soil nutrients to the biomass, productivity, and diversity of
lowland tropical forests. The project requires expertise in geostatistics,
including the ability to handle large datasets in R software, and will
involve fieldwork in forest dynamics plots. The successful candidate will
work within the CTFS-ForestGEO Soils Initiative
<http://www.forestgeo.si.edu/group/Science+Initiatives/Soils> led by Dr.
Ben Turner.

*Position: Plant-Water Relations & Forest Function*

The initiative seeks to understand how functional and physiological traits
of tree species mediate their distributions, growth, and survival in
relation to site hydrological conditions, including episodic extreme
fluctuations in soil water availability, with the ultimate aim of
understanding carbon and water dynamics of forests and their interactions
with the climate system. The fellow will combine collection of new data on
plant functional and physiological traits at tropical forest sites with
synthesis of existing data on tree species and climate. The ideal applicant
has extensive experience with plant water relations physiology, knowledge
of forest ecology, and a strong analytical background. The successful
candidate will work within the CTFS-ForestGEO Ecosystems and Climate
Initiative <http://www.forestgeo.si.edu/group/Ecosystems+and+Climate> led
by Dr. Kristina Anderson-Teixeira at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology
Institute in Virginia and collaborate closely with Lawren Sack at UCLA.

*Position: Tropical Forest Dynamics*

The postdoctoral fellow will conduct analyses of data from the network of
large forest plots, and where necessary collect additional supplementary
data. Candidates should have a strong analytical background, an established
record of research and scholarly publication in forest science. Research
topics should include subjects related to the dynamics of tropical or
temperate forests, including comparative studies of growth, mortality and
biomass change, emphasizing comparative studies among forests. The
successful candidate will work within the CTFS-ForestGEO Forest Ecology
group at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington,

Candidates should hold a PhD in ecology, forest ecology or environmental
science with experience directly relevant to the specific position
described above, strong written and communication skills, and demonstrated
ability to work in a team environment.

Each fellow will be awarded the standard Smithsonian postdoctoral *stipend*.
The appointments are for two years with possibility of extension. The
starting date is flexible; earlier start dates are preferred.

Positions may be based at one of the following locations: Panama City,
Panama; Washington, DC, USA; Front Royal, Virginia, USA, depending on the
specific research interests and needs of the candidates and Principal

To apply, send a single PDF file containing a cover letter including a
statement of research interest, CV, contact information for three
references, and three relevant publications or manuscripts to Lauren
Krizel, CTFS-ForestGEO Program Assistant, ForestGEO at si.edu.

Closing date for applications is 15 August 2017. For further information,
contact CTFS-ForestGEO Director, Stuart Davies, daviess at si.edu.


To learn more about CTFS - ForestGEO, visit our website (
www.forestgeo.si.edu), twitter (twitter.com/forestgeo) and newsblog (
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