SUMMARY: A two-year postdoctoral position is available within the College
of Forestry and Conservation at the University of Montana to explore
climatic drivers of seedling establishment and regeneration failure at lower
treeline in western US forests. Using greenhouse experiments, mechanistic
niche models, demographic reconstructions, broad-scale forest inventory
data, and weather simulations, the successful candidate will assist in
modeling climatic, hydrological, and physiological processes driving spatial
and temporal variation in seedling mortality. The successful applicant will
work as part of a team of researchers including, a plant physiologist (Anna
Sala), an ecohydrologist (Marco Maneta), an applied mathematician (Will
Kleiber), and landscape ecologists (Solomon Dobrowski and Zack Holden). This
position is being advertised in anticipation of a recently recommended NSF
award. The start date is flexible but we anticipate the candidate starting
in Fall 2015.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: demonstrated strong commitment to basic research,
experience analyzing large spatial datasets, demonstrated ability to publish
peer-reviewed papers, effective written and oral communication skills,
willingness to work in a team environment, and a Ph.D. pending or received
within the last five years in a relevant discipline.
DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS: modeling experience in environmental biophysics,
hydrology, micrometeorology, plant physiology, and forest ecology. Desired
skills include: 1) programming in R, Matlab, or Python; 2) advanced skills
in applied mathematics/statistics; 3) experience with climate downscaling;
and 4) dendrochronology skills. We encourage applicants who can work across
disciplines and draw upon unique data sets to study linkages between climate
and forest processes.
STIPEND/SALARY: Salary will be commensurate with skills and will include
TO APPLY: In a single pdf document, please send a CV and a short statement
of your future research goals to Solomon Dobrowski
UNIVERSITY AND COMMUNITY: The University of Montana’s College of Forestry
and Conservation is one of the nation’s top natural resource institutions.
The College’s faculty and students conduct basic and applied research in a
wide range of
natural resource disciplines, and have ready access to Montana’s extensive
wild and working lands for natural laboratories and recreational
opportunities. The City of Missoula (population approx. 70,000) is regularly
featured as one of the most livable cities in the United States.