Postdoctoral Position Announcement: Fate of Permafrost Carbon in a Warming World - Northern Arizona University.

Date: 
20 July 2021

Postdoctoral Position Announcement
Fate of Permafrost Carbon in a Warming World

Center for Ecosystem Science and Society
Northern Arizona University.

Application deadline: 3 August 2021

For more information and questions, contact:
Ted Schuur
Email: ted.schuur [at] nau.edu


The Center for Ecosystem Science and Society at Northern Arizona University invites applications for a postdoctoral researcher focusing on the fate of permafrost carbon in a warming world. This position will be primarily located in Flagstaff, Arizona and will spend a portion of time during the field season in Alaska

The research spans both field work and data synthesis with a focus on (1) developing a high-latitude database of net ecosystem exchange to create an updateable timeseries of ground-based carbon balance status and (2) site-level analysis of carbon fate from a gradient of sites undergoing permafrost thaw, and a long-term experimental manipulation of permafrost thaw and water table.

The postdoctoral researcher will play an active role in both the data synthesis effort and field component of this project. Data synthesis includes working with a network of collaborators, helping to organize and run workshops, and synthesizing datasets for publication. This requires excellent communication skills and desire to network and promote the synthesis activity. In the field, potential activities include operation and interpretation of eddy covariance and/or autochamber flux measurements, supervising personnel, and interfacing with other team members making measurements of isotopes, soils, vegetation, and associated environmental measurements. The researcher will be expected to organize, analyze, and maintain large data sets generated from the field measurements, and participate in data analysis and publications. The candidate should have prior knowledge and experience of at least some of these activities, and a desire to learn new skills.

Applicants with a background in biogeochemistry, ecosystem ecology, plant, or soil science are encouraged to apply. Experience with gas exchange, eddy covariance equipment, Campbell data loggers, R programming, and data and metadata processing would be essential. Experience with development of databases, web tools, and working with public datasets desirable. A willingness to work and live in rugged field conditions is preferable.

Applications, including a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and names and contact information of three references, should be submitted via email to Ted Schuur at ted.schuur [at] nau.edu.

Application deadline: 3 August 2021

For more information and questions, contact:
Ted Schuur
Email: ted.schuur [at] nau.edu