[ECOLOG-L] POSTDOC – Ecosystem ecology/soil biogeo chemistry – Indiana University, Bloomington, IN


We’re seeking a postdoc to join our research team in investigating how
and why invasive species impacts (on decomposition and nutrient cycling)
differ across the landscape. Specifically, we’re investigating the
extent to which the biogeochemical impacts of a common forest understory
invader – /Microstegium vimineum/– are affected by invader abundance and
a forest’s nutrient economy (the dominant forms of nutrients in
circulation). The primary work of the postdoc will be to set up a
large-scale mesocosm experiment to characterize /M. vimineum /impacts
across a gradient of nutrient economies, and to use these data to
parameterize a stoichiometrically-constrained microbial (decomposition)
model. Additional tasks will include working in /M. vimineum/
density-manipulation experiments in Indiana, Georgia and North Carolina

The postdoc will be based in the ecosystem ecology lab of Dr. Richard
Phillips at Indiana University, and will work collaboratively with the
labs of Dr. Justin Wright at Duke University (wrightlab.weebly.com/) and
Dr. Luke Flory at the University of Florida (florylab.com). The majority
of the fieldwork will be conducted at the Indiana sites, though
occasional travel to the Georgia and North Carolina sites is expected.

*Qualifications:* A recent Ph.D. in ecology, environmental science, or
biogeochemistry – completed before the start-date. Demonstrated
expertise in microbial ecology, ecosystem modeling, and/or
biogeochemical analyses is required. Knowledge of the processes that
regulate interactions invasive and native plant species, and between the
carbon and nitrogen cycles would be helpful.Successful applicants will
demonstrate the ability to work independently, and to mentor
undergraduate and graduate research assistants.

*Salary:* $40,000 to $46,000 (commensurate with experience). 12-month
academic appointment with full benefits (see:

*Start date:*We are looking to fill this position as soon as possible –
no later than May 1, 2015. The appointment is initially for a one-year
period, renewable for an additional year based on satisfactory performance.

*To apply: *Please submit 1) a brief cover letter describing your
research/educational background, why you’re interested in the position,
and the date you are available to start and 2) a CV that includes the
names and contact info (including email addresses) of three references
via the following link: http://ift.tt/1A7yW6G.
For full consideration, all materials must be submitted by March 13,
2015. For additional questions about the position, feel free to email
Dr. Richard P. Phillips (rpp6@indiana.edu ).

Indiana University is an equal employment and affirmative action
employer and a provider of ADA services. All qualified applicants will
receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ethnicity,
color, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national
origin, disability status or protected veteran status.

> Richard P. Phillips
> Associate Professor
> Department of Biology
> 247 Jordan Hall, 1001 E. Third St.
> Indiana University
> Bloomington, IN 47405
> rpp6@indiana.edu

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