[ES_JOBS_NET] Postdoc in Large-Scale Biogeochemistry at U Montana

Fiona Soper fms46 at cornell.edu
Wed Apr 3 14:04:02 MDT 2019

The Terrestrial Ecosystems Ecology Laboratory (PI: Cory Cleveland) at the
University of Montana (http://www.cfc.umt.edu/research/biogeochemistry/)
invites applications for *Postdoctoral Research Associate in the area of
Ecosystem Ecology and Biogeochemistry*. We are especially interested in
applicants who have experience using both experimental and synthetic
(modeling) approaches to address carbon and nutrient interactions in
terrestrial ecosystems. The successful candidate will help develop and lead
a new, 5-year, National Science Foundation (NSF) funded Research
Coordination Network (RCN) project titled, INCyTE: Investigating Nutrient
Cycling in Terrestrial Ecosystems: Integrating Observations, Experiments,
and Models (http://www.cfc.umt.edu/research/incyte/). The goal of INCyTE is
to bring together communities of scientists that historically have not
interacted closely: biogeochemical experimentalists and earth system
modelers. The overarching goals of INCyTE are to enhance our understanding
of nutrient cycling feedbacks on the global carbon (C) cycle in general,
and to integrate different investigators, data, and experimental and
conceptual frameworks to improve representation of nutrient interactions
and constraints on the global terrestrial C cycle in Earth System Models.
The postdoc will help coordinate the science, interact with participants at
meetings and take a lead role in pushing the various synthesis ideas and
efforts that emerge during the project. In addition, the candidate will be
encouraged to engage in ongoing experimental research projects in the lab.
Currently, work focuses on understanding nutrient dynamics, nutrient
limitation, and nutrient plant nutrient acquisition in temperate and
tropical forest ecosystems.

*Required Qualifications*
·         Educational background including a Ph.D. in Ecology,
Biogeochemistry, or a related field
·         Proficiency working with large datasets and data science methods
used in ecological synthesis
·         Demonstrated ability to conduct independent research and publish
in the peer-reviewed scientific literature to a high standard.
·         Ability to communicate and interact well with others in a large,
diverse, interdisciplinary research group
·         Excellent written and oral communication skills in collaborative
·         Demonstrated record of excellent capabilities required to carry
out innovative and insightful research using experiments and/or synthetic
·         Knowledge and experience using analytical laboratory environment
·         Strong theoretical and empirical background in
·         Proven ability to communicate complex ideas and concepts (both
orally and in writing) to scientific and non-scientific audiences

*Position Details.* The successful candidate will be employed by the
University of Montana on a 12-month letter of appointment, including salary
($50,000 per year), medical/dental, and retirement benefits. The letter of
appointment may be renewed annually and may continue for up to three years
depending on funding availability and job performance. The position is
located on the University of Montana campus in Missoula, MT. Missoula is
one of the most beautiful university towns in the western US, offering an
affordable, family-friendly lifestyle and excellent outdoor recreation
opportunities in the heart of the northern Rockies. Missoula is a
culturally vibrant community of about 70,000, surrounded by mountain
grandeur which was recently ranked in the “top 20 best college towns with a
population of less than 250,000<
https://www.aier.org/2015-2016-top-college-destinations-ranked>” by the
American Institute for Economic Research and ranked 9th in Outside
Magazine’s “The 16 Greatest Places to Live in America<
https://www.outsideonline.com/1928016/16-best-places-live-us-2014>” in
2014. Many national publications recognize Missoula for its high quality of

*To apply*, please visit http://bit.ly/2219umjobs
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