Postdoctoral Research Ecologist Position at UBC

Date: 
29 March 2000

POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH ECOLOGIST POSITION
University of British Columbia
Terrestrial Plant or Ecosystem Ecologist - Tundra Systems

A research position is available for a postdoctoral ecologist to
participate in an multi-investigator, US NSF-funded project examining the
responses of low and high arctic tundra ecosystems to climate change. Ideal
applicants will have skills and related experience in tundra ecosystems in
one or more of the following areas: community-level (biodiversity) or
species-level (phenology, growth, reproduction) responses to climate
variability and field (warming) experiments; ecosystem-atmosphere feedbacks
through changes in energy balance; nutrient cycling, including
decomposition and nitrogen fixation. Individuals with expertise in design
and analysis of field experiments, quantitative vegetation analysis,
experience with data loggers and climate sensors, or familiarity with field
measurements of nitrogen fixation will be viewed favorably. Applicants
should have a PhD in plant ecology or related field. Good oral and written
communication skills, an ability to supervise undergraduate assistants, and
a willingness to work in a collaborative research environment are required.

The position will be based at the University of British Columbia,
Vancouver, Canada, in the Department of Geography. The department offers
good computer facilities and wet lab space, and access to other facilities
at UBC (e.g. growth chambers, greenhouse space, gas chromatograph). Field
research will be concentrated at Alexandra Fiord, Ellesmere Island (79 N),
in the Canadian High Arctic, an active site in the International Tundra
Experiment (ITEX; see Global Change Biology 3 (Suppl. 1) 1997). Warming
experiments have been maintained at Alexandra Fiord since 1992, and there
are opportunities to conduct research within existing experiments and to
establish new studies. The successful applicant will be expected to
collaborate with other scientists and sites within the North American
component of ITEX (sites include Toolik Lake and Barrow, Alaska). The
applicant must be willing to work in a remote arctic location for 2-3
months with minimum supervision, and participate in the maintenance of the
research camp.

To apply please send a curriculum vitae, a letter of interest describing
relevant experience including previous field work, publications, and the
names, addresses, and email addresses of three potential references to

Dr. Greg Henry
Dept of Geography
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, Canada
ghenry@geog.ubc.ca

Applications received by 24 April 2000 will receive preference; however,
applications will be accepted until 12 May 2000. Anticipated start date of
the position is 1 June 2000. The University of British Columbia is an equal
opportunity employer.