Listserve – CZEN: Post-doctoral opportunity in coupled carbon/water fluxes and transport process under variable land-uses

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“Post-doctoral opportunity in coupled carbon/water fluxes and transport
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*Post-doctoral opportunity in coupled carbon/water fluxes and transport
process under variable land-uses*

*Boreal Ecosystem Research Initiative, Grenfell Campus, Memorial University
of Newfoundland, Canada*

/Position background and summary/:
Conversion of boreal, commonly acid, forest soils to agricultural uses leads
to drastic shifts in the quantity and quality of soil carbon. Variable soils
physical and chemical properties, and soil (micro)biology affect the balance
between particulate organic carbon (matter) (POC/M) and dissolved organic
carbon (DOC) resulting in altered carbon fluxes at the soil-water and
soil-atmosphere interfaces. The dynamics of soil organic carbon will be
governed by shifts in pH coupled with water fluxes and transport dynamics of
dissolved organic carbon. To understand, monitor, and manage such changes one
needs to understand and model the interrelations between carbon sinks,
sources, and pathways across spatial and temporal scales. Field assessments
across land-use chronosequences and hypotheses driven laboratory column
experiments and field
lysimeter experiments will be employed to glean an understanding of the basic
processes governing DOC fluxes in natural forest soils versus limed and
tilled agriculture soils.

We are searching for a Post-doctoral researcher with expertise in GIS and
modeling the coupling of carbon/chemical(pH) dynamics with water flux and
transport processes. A series of projects will evaluate carbon dynamics and
associated covariables from lab to plot and landscape scale.  This will
require the development and testing of hydrological and biochemical models
from pedon to landscape scales in natural and managed systems.

/Duties and responsibilities:/
The successful individual will lead project activities aimed at understanding
and evaluating carbon dynamics from pedon to landscape scale.

Experience in using hydrologic models for simulation of vadose zone hydrology
and surface water-groundwater interactions, is essential. A good
understanding of carbon biochemistry and coupled soil carbon/chemical
dynamics and water flux and transport (environmental sinks, sources and
pathways) is also necessary. This will require model evaluation and metadata
analysis skills. ArcGIS mapping skills are critical. Involvement in other GIS
driven landscape scale projects is expected.

The candidate must also be prepared to carry out laboratory as well as field
activities, including set-up of sampling, collection, and monitoring
equipment and protocols.

The successful candidate is expected to generate peer-reviewed publications
in top-tier scientific journals, be able to supervise undergraduate and
graduate research assistants, and serve as Co-PI on future proposals.

The post-doctoral fellow will work with a team that includes soil scientists
and hydrologists at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada and elsewhere
in Canada and the world.

/Preferred qualifications:/
PhD in soil science, soil physics, vadose zone hydrology, natural resource
management, or related fields. Additional skills and qualification:
demonstrated proficiency in field experimentations/ hydrologic modeling/ GIS/
instrumentations/ statistics and database management including skills in R,
Matlab, SAS or equivalent. Proven track record of creativity/innovation in

/Project support:/
This is initially a two-year position with a one-year trial period. Extension
beyond the two years is possible for the right candidate. A starting stipend
of $45,000 per annum is available.

Please send a letter of interest, complete CV including publication list, and
complete contact information for at least 3 academic references by February
10, 2015.

Please send your information via e-mail in pdf format ONLY to [1] or [2]
For further scientific information relating to this position, please contact
Dr. Adrian Unc or Dr. Lakshman Galagedara ( [3], [4]).

Memorial University is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to
increasing the diversity of its workforce. It welcomes nominations of and
applications from women, members  of minority groups as well as from others
who would bring additional dimensions to the university’s research, and

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