Postdoc position announcement: Soil response to prescribed fire in pine barrens restoration (MSU, USDA FS)
Position description: The Department of Forestry at Michigan State
University, in collaboration with the USDA Forest Service Northern Research
Station, is seeking a highly motivated postdoc for a project investigating the
effects of prescribed fire and resulting soil heating on soil carbon, nutrients,
seedbanks and hardwood regeneration in the context of ecosystem restoration. The
postdoc will be co-advised by Dr. Jessica Miesel (MSU) and Dr. Randy Kolka
(USDA FS NRS). The position will consist of analyzing data and writing
scientific publications, participating in field measurements, and developing
funding proposals. Primary responsibilities will be focused on soil carbon and nutrient
response to heating, however, the postdoc will be expected to fully engage as
an integral member of a multi-disciplinary research team, and to pursue
cross-disciplinary data analysis that promotes understanding of ecosystem
response to restoration treatments. The majority (75%) of the position will be
focused on the development of high-impact manuscripts (requiring independence
and collaboration in data analysis, presentation, and scientific writing), and
25% of the position will entail developing independent research related to the
overall goals of the project (including developing funding proposals, and
developing and implementing novel research related to the existing project). The
postdoc will also be expected to contribute to overall project management
activities and to mentoring student researchers. Funding is available for two
years. The position will begin as a one-year appointment, with extension
available depending on satisfactory performance and continued funding.
Required qualifications: The successful candidate will have: 1) an earned PhD
in soil science, ecology, environmental science, biogeochemistry, forestry, or
related field by the position start date; 2) demonstrated skill in statistical
analysis; 3) excellent writing skills as evidenced by a strong publication
record; 4) The ability to work well independently and collaboratively; 5) demonstrated
ability to successfully initiate, manage, and complete professional projects.
Additional beneficial qualifications include: familiarity with GIS; familiarity
with soil heating, fire, process and/or ecosystem models; previous experience
conducting field research independently and as a team; previous experience
operating analytical laboratory equipment; an exceptional work ethic and
Location: The position will be based at Michigan State University
in East Lansing, MI, USA. Shared housing near Ashland, Wisconsin will be provided
during field campaigns.
To Apply: Apply online at https://jobs.msu.edu to position number 3748 before midnight (US
Eastern time) on Tuesday, September 6, 2016.
Upload the following required documents as a
single PDF: 1) a letter of interest detailing qualifications for the
position, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) a list of three professional references with
contact information (institution, email address, phone number), and 4) three samples
of professional writing. Incomplete applications will not be considered
(however, contact Dr. Miesel at email@example.com if your single PDF file size exceeds the allowable upload limit).
Application deadline: September 6, 2016.
Desired start date is early January
2017, but earlier or later start dates may be possible if identified in the
application cover letter. Questions about the position should be directed to
Dr. Miesel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MSU is an
equal opportunity employer and the Department of Forestry is committed to
promoting diversity in research.