Postdoc Opportunity in Terrestrial Ecosytem Ecology and Biogeochemistry, University of Montana, Missoula, MT

The Terrestrial Ecosystems Ecology Laboratory at the University of Montana invites applications for Postdoctoral Research Associate in the area of Ecosystem Ecology and Biogeochemistry. We are especially interested in applicants who have experience using both experimental and synthetic (modeling) approaches to address carbon and nutrient interactions in terrestrial ecosystems. The successful candidate will help develop and lead a new, 5-year, National Science Foundation (NSF) funded Research Coordination Network (RCN) project titled INCyTE: Investigating Nutrient Cycling in Terrestrial Ecosystems: Integrating Observations, Experiments, and Models. The goal of INCyTE is to bring together communities of scientists that historically have not interacted closely: biogeochemical experimentalists and earth system modelers. The overarching goals of INCyTE are to enhance our understanding of nutrient cycling feedbacks on the global carbon (C) cycle in general and to integrate different investigators, data and experimental and conceptual frameworks to improve representation of nutrient interactions and constraints on the global terrestrial C cycle in Earth System Models. The postdoc will help coordinate the science, interact with participants at meetings and take a lead role in pushing the various synthesis ideas and efforts that emerge during the project. In addition, the candidate will be encouraged to engage in ongoing experimental research projects in the lab. Currently, work focuses on understanding nutrient dynamics, nutrient limitation and nutrient plant nutrient acquisition in temperate and tropical forest ecosystems.

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Additional Opportunities

I am continuously looking for intelligent, creative and highly motivated students interested in developing independent projects (M.S. or Ph.D.) in terrestrial ecosystem ecology and/or soil biogeochemical cycling. Students will be encouraged to contribute to ongoing research in tropical rain forest ecosystems, or to developing projects that address questions that are locally or regionally focused. Aspiring Ph.D. students interested in pursing research in the following areas are especially encouraged to contact me: i) the effects of global environmental change on soil carbon cycling, nutrient cycling and ecosystem processes;, ii) links between microbial community structure and soil biogeochemical processes; iii) the relationships between aboveground and belowground diversity and ecosystem processes. Students with experience using molecular microbiological techniques will be given especially strong consideration.

In general, the most competitive candidates will have a strong record of academic excellence, some prior field and/or laboratory experience and a demonstrated interest in soils and/or ecosystems research.

If you are interested in discussing specific opportunities, please contact me directly via email at: cory.cleveland@umontana.edu, and please include a current resume or CV and a brief letter of interest, including research interests, professional goals and prior experience.