[ES_JOBS_NET] Postdoctoral Researcher, wetland biogeochemistry and restoration ecology, Mount Holyoke College
christine.wiedinmyer.ucar at gmail.com
Fri Nov 9 16:36:16 MST 2018
Postdoctoral Researcher (#780)
$ - $48,000.00 Annually
Staff in Environmental Studies
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The Ballantine Lab at Mount Holyoke College seeks a highly motivated
postdoctoral researcher to work on projects in the interdisciplinary fields
of wetland biogeochemistry and restoration ecology.
Responsibilities: We are seeking a postdoc to take a leadership role
conducting innovative research as part of the Restoration Ecology Program.
This work includes field and laboratory research contributing to two or more
projects focused on the long-term development and ecosystem functions of
restored wetlands. Specifically, we are working to understand carbon
balance, nitrogen cycling, and other soil-based ecosystem functions in
highly-degraded agricultural systems that are developing along different
trajectories towards upland versus wetland ecosystems. We are also using a
variety of genetic tools to examine the soil microbial community, how it
develops over time, and how it contributes to desirable and undesirable
Our primary project focuses on a chronosequence of more than thirty farmed,
retired, restored, and natural sites in Massachusetts to assess how current
large-scale retirement and restoration of highly degraded agricultural land
will impact overall ecosystem function of critical coastal areas. A
complimentary line of ongoing research uses wetland mesocosms and
field-scale experimental plots to examine the effects of climate change on
the ecosystem functions of restored wetlands.
Given time and interest, the postdoc could contribute to other ongoing
projects, including development of new research that examines carbon and
nitrogen cycling as well as the development of other soil-based ecosystem
functions in restored rainforests near Monteverde, Costa Rica. Related but
independent lines of research will be encouraged.
A summary of activities includes, but is not limited to: experimental
design; field and laboratory work; data analysis; purchase, maintenance, and
calibration of field and laboratory equipment; report, manuscript, and
proposal preparation; supervising undergraduate researchers, participation
in collaborator meetings, and presentation of research at conferences.
This position comes with the opportunity to work with an accomplished and
interdisciplinary group of researchers at collaborating academic and
governmental institutions. The position will likely involve supervising at
least two undergraduate students per year, and would be especially
well-suited to individuals interested in small liberal arts research
Qualifications: Applicants must have a Ph.D. in biogeochemistry,
restoration ecology, ecosystem science, or a relevant field. Applicants
must also have a driver's license. Strong preference will be given to
candidates with evidence of: 1) laboratory and field experience in wetland
and/or soil biogeochemistry, 2) excellent communication skills, as indicated
by publications and presentations, 3) prior collaborative experience and
willingness to work both independently as well as a part of a team that
includes a diverse group of faculty and undergraduate students, and 4)
evidence of desire and ability to supervise undergraduate researchers from
diverse cultural and economic backgrounds.
Desired Skills: A working knowledge of methodologies for measuring carbon
cycling, including greenhouse gas fluxes, is highly desired. Researchers
with experience conducting field and/or mesocosm-based research are
particularly encouraged to apply. Excellent writing, quantitative,
organizational, and collaborative skills are essential.
Salary: Funding is available for three years, with the position reviewed
annually. Salary is $48,000 with benefits.
How to Apply: Applicants who meet all the criteria should e-mail the
following materials in a single PDF file to Dr. Kate Ballantine
(kballant at mtholyoke.edu) with "Postdoc Application" in the Subject line:
1) Curriculum vitae
2) Letter of interest describing your qualifications, research interests,
and how this position would support your future goals.
3) One of your recent research papers
4) Names and complete contact information for three references
Review of applications will begin November 30, 2018, and continue until the
position is filled. Position is available immediately and start date is
Mount Holyoke College is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Mount Holyoke College is committed to enriching the educational experience
it offers through the diversity of its faculty, administration, and staff
members. Mount Holyoke seeks to recruit and support a broadly diverse team
who will contribute to the college's excellence, diversity of viewpoints and
experiences, and relevance in a global society. In furtherance of
institutional excellence, the College encourages applications from
individuals from underrepresented groups, including faculty, staff, and
administration of color, diverse gender identities, first generation college
students and individuals who have followed non-traditional pathways to
college, and individuals with a demonstrated leadership commitment to
including diverse backgrounds and perspectives.
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