Post-Doctoral Position: Synthesizing impacts of emerald ash borer on black ash wetlands, Michigan Technological University

The School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science at Michigan Technological University is seeking applicants for a post-doctoral researcher. The position is for one year, with subsequent yearly appointment(s) subject to successful review and anticipated funding. Employment can begin as early as 4 Jan 2016. Support is provided by grant funding.

The research will focus on synthesizing five years of field measurements related to the impacts of emerald ash borer (EAB) on black ash wetland systems. Focus areas include hydrology, carbon and nitrogen fluxes, and vegetation responses of small watersheds under simulated EAB infestations. Some field work in the western Upper Peninsula of Michigan will be required, and additional travel to field sites and to meet with collaborators in northern Wisconsin and Minnesota is anticipated.

Preferred qualifications: a PhD in forest ecology, ecosystem science, environmental science, soil science, hydrology, or a related field; the ability to synthesize complex field studies for peer-reviewed and management-focused publications and presentations; and database management and statistical analysis environmental data.

The expected compensation includes annual salary of approximately $45,000 and benefits. The project funding includes some additional research funds, primarily for travel and field supplies. Personal development opportunities will be provided based on the needs and goals of the successful candidate.

To Apply: Applicants should submit a 2 page cover letter, CV, up to three examples of published work, and the names and email addresses of three references.  The cover letter should address the candidate’s research interests and experiences and a vision for how the results can be communicated to and applied with the greatest impact to land management. These materials should be submitted as a single pdf to Joe Wagenbrenner at Please include “Black Ash Post-doc” in the subject line.

Deadline: Review of applications will begin 1 Dec 2015 and will continue until the position is filled. Conversations with key project personnel may be arranged at the 2015 annual meetings of the SAF, GSA, SSSA, or AGU.

For more information: Please feel free to contact Dr. Joe Wagenbrenner (, Dr. Tom Pypker (, or Dr. Randy Kolka ( with any questions.

Michigan Tech is located in Houghton, MI in the heart of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Houghton is situated on the hills bordering the beautiful Portage Waterway and is only minutes from the Lake Superior shoreline. The area offers a bounty of cultural and recreational opportunities and a low cost of living. Houghton was rated as the 15th Greatest Place to Live in America by Outside Magazine in 2014. This environment combined with a great research opportunity results in an excellent quality of life. Michigan Tech is an ADVANCE institution, one of a limited number of universities in receipt of NSF funds in support of our commitment to increase diversity and the participation and advancement of women in STEM. Michigan Technological University is an equal opportunity educational institution/equal opportunity employer, which includes providing equal opportunity for protected veterans and individuals with disability. Applications from women and minorities are highly encouraged by both the department and the institution.

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