Post-Doc Position: Biogeochemistry of Black Carbon in Forest Soils, Michigan State University

The Department of Forestry at Michigan State University is seeking a highly motivated post-doctoral researcher to investigate the biogeochemical role of soil black carbon in fire-prone temperate forests.  The researcher will work under the supervision of Dr. Jessica Miesel to investigate relationships among forest fuels, fire and black C; to understand the role of black C in soil nutrient and microbial community dynamics; and to quantify black C fluxes following fire disturbance. The post-doctoral researcher will also be expected to actively participate in proposal writing and publishing, and to contribute to mentoring graduate and undergraduate student researchers. Additional professional development activities will be supported according to the post-doc’s interest and available opportunities.

Qualifications: The successful applicant will have: 1) a PhD in ecology, soil science, forestry, or related field; 2) research experience and publication record in forest soil or black carbon biogeochemistry; 3) strong communication and collaboration skills; 4) strong organizational skills, and 5) experience planning and conducting field work in remote
locations. The position will be based at Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI, with occasional travel for field work. The position is a one-year appointment with potential for extension depending on funding and satisfactory performance.

To Apply: Applicants should email as a single PDF: 1) a letter of interest detailing qualifications for the position, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) a list of 3 professional references with contact information (institution, email address, phone number), and 4) three samples of professional writing, to Dr. Jessica Miesel at

Deadline: Applications will be considered on a rolling basis so you are encouraged to apply as early as possible. Desired start date is early January 2014.

For more information: Contact Dr. Jessica Miesel at or (517) 355-8239. In-person meetings can be arranged for applicants attending the ESA meeting in Minneapolis, MN August 4-9, 2013.

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