Post-Doctoral Position: Ecosystem Modeling and Global Ecology, Iowa State University

A Postdoctoral Fellow position in ecosystem modeling, regional and global ecology is available in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology at Iowa State University.

This position provides great opportunities to apply macrosystems approach and process-based terrestrial biosphere modeling to quantify and predict ecosystem patterns and processes (e.g., land-atmosphere exchange of greenhouse gases, land-to-ocean mass flow, biogeochemical and hydrological cycling) in response to human and natural disturbances at multiple spatial and temporal scales.

Qualifications: A Ph.D. degree from an accredited institution in Ecosystem Ecology, Biogeochemistry, Ecohydrology, Atmospheric Science, Agriculture, Forestry, or related fields with knowledge of terrestrial ecosystem modeling is required. Preference will be given to candidates with experience and background on biogeochemistry/ecosystem modeling, remote sensing and GIS, geospatial analysis, and computer programming (prefer C or C++). Excellent written and interpersonal communication skills, record of research publications in refereed journals of high quality, and a demonstrated ability to function well within multidisciplinary teams are required. The candidate selected for this position must be able to meet eligibility requirements to work in the United States by the date appointment is scheduled to begin and must be able to communicate in English.

Responsibilities: The successful candidate will participate in an interdisciplinary research team to investigate the natural and anthropogenic impacts on ecosystem structure and functions by using integrated and computational approaches. The individual is expected to independently develop and implement the spatially-explicit process-based land ecosystem model for examining the impacts of climate change, land use and management practices on terrestrial ecosystems at regional and global scales. The specific duties include large-scale data development, model improvement, simulation, model evaluation, uncertainty analysis, manuscript preparation etc. This individual will be encouraged to pursue new research direction (e.g., participate in development of research proposals), and will help manage the lab and interact with graduate and undergraduate students.

Offer: Salary commensurate with training and research experience, mentoring by and collaboration with senior research personnel from a multidisciplinary team, office space and computer facilities, and coverage of research and related travel expenses.

To Apply: Applications should include a cover letter explaining your research interests and accomplishments, and your qualifications for the position; a curriculum vita; and names and contact information (including email addresses) for three professional references.

For More Information: Please don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Chaoqun Lu, clu@iastate.edu

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