Alaska Coastal Rainforest Center seeking Post Doctoral Fellow in linked terrestrial-marine ecosystems

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The Alaska Coastal Rainforest Center at the University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) is seeking a postdoctoral scholar to work on a recently funded NSF project to understand materials flux in linked terrestrial-marine ecosystems. The position will take the lead in creating and publishing terrestrial carbon assessments and working with other disciplines to create a whole-system level understanding of carbon dynamics, transport, and fates. The position will be located in Juneau, Alaska, with opportunity to travel and work with team members at other institutions in the US and Canada as needed. 

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The Alaska Coastal Rainforest Center at the University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) seeks a postdoctoral scholar to work on a recently funded NSF project to understand materials flux in linked terrestrial-marine ecosystems.  The network, funded under a 5-year Research Coordination Network (RCN) grant, links carbon research across disparate fields, following the production and fate of carbon from glacial headwaters and upland forests through streams and rivers to its ultimate endpoint in marine food webs and potential deposition.  This position will take the lead in creating and publishing terrestrial C stock assessments along the North Pacific coast, one of the most carbon-dense forested systems in the world, with a specific focus on linking model outputs to lateral carbon transport models to generate a true terrestrial to ocean perspective on C transport.  The position will be located in Juneau, Alaska, with opportunity to travel and work with team members at other institutions in the US and Canada as needed.

The position is a one-year term, benefit-eligible position with a chance for renewal.  All applicants must have a PhD in a relevant field (e.g., forest/ecosystem ecology, biogeochemistry, environmental science).  The ideal candidate will have a background and skills in landscape-scale forest ecosystems and carbon cycling, such as a background in forest soils or ecosystem-scale flux measurements.  Because the goals of the project are explicitly spatial, the candidate should also have experience using and manipulating geospatial and remotely sensed datasets, as well as basic proficiency in programming languages such as R or Python and geospatial software (e.g., ArcGIS or GRASS).  The successful candidate will benefit from the strong, cross-disciplinary network provided by the RCN including aquatic biogeochemists, soil scientists, glaciologists, and marine scientists all working collaboratively on the same questions.

The postdoc will work most closely with Allison Bidlack (PI) and Brian Buma (co-PI) at the University of Alaska Southeast, in Juneau, Alaska, as well as with members of the interdisciplinary RCN team. The opportunity to travel and work with team members at other institutions in the US and Canada is available as needed.  All offers include both a competitive salary and complete University of Alaska employee benefits package.  The recruitment will remain open until filled with the initial applicant review date of April 1, 2017.

For more information and to apply, please visit
http://careers.alaska.edu/cw/en-us/job/505697/nsf-post-doctoral-fellow
 

 

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