POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH POSITION
We are seeking to fill a Postdoctoral research position in the Center for Ecosystem Science and
Society at Northern Arizona University. The fellow will assist in a project focused on the fate of
permafrost carbon in a warming world. The research is field and lab based, with the primary
field location near Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska. The research foci are (1) net
ecosystem carbon exchange and loss of old C from a gradient of sites undergoing permafrost
thaw, and similar measurements in (2) a new experimental manipulation of permafrost thaw and
water table. Radiocarbon measurements of C pools and fluxes are an important component of
this project for determining the age of C losses from ecosystems.
The postdoc will be primarily responsible for running the field component of this project in
particular focusing on operation and interpretation of eddy covariance measurements. Other
activities include supervising personnel and interfacing with other team members, interfacing
with and/or making measurements of isotope fluxes, ecosystem C exchange, vegetation
aboveground productivity, and associated environmental measurements. The postdoc will be
expected to organize, analyze, and maintain large data sets generated from a number of sensors
and gas exchange measurement systems, and participate in data analysis and publications.
There are also opportunities within the context of this project to develop related research
interests on climate change effects in high latitude ecosystems.
Candidates with a background in biogeochemistry, ecosystem ecology, plant ecology, soil
science, forestry, hydrology, or isotopes are encouraged to apply. Experience with LICOR eddy
covariance equipment, Campbell data loggers, SAS or R programming, or isotopes would be
helpful. The postdoc will generally spend a significant amount of time during the spring-to-fall
(May through September) field season in Alaska running the field project, with winters spent in
Flagstaff, AZ on lab and data analysis. Experience with working and living in rugged field
conditions is required. Salary is commensurate with experience, and full health care benefits are
provided for individuals and families. Please send cover letter including the names/contact of 3
references and CV to: Dr. Ted Schuur; firstname.lastname@example.org. Application review starting Jan. 15;
position open until filled.