Postdoctoral Fellow Biometeorology-Ecosystem Ecology

at School of Public and Environmental Affairs Bloomington, Indiana, USA

We are seeking a highly-motivated postdoctoral fellow to join our forest ecology and bio-meteorology research team at Indiana University (IU) – Bloomington.  The work of the post-doctoral fellow will be closely linked to a number of ongoing projects that explore novel linkages between the above- and below-ground processes that determine forest carbon and water cycling. Our work is particularly focused on linking theory, models, and observations to understand forest response to drought and management interventions. We use a range of approaches and tools, including eddy covariance flux measurements, isotopic tracers, rainfall manipulation experiments, and theoretical models. The successful applicant should have experience in combining observation and modeling approaches to relate trends in ecosystem carbon and water cycling to biophysical drivers, including meteorological variables, nutrient dynamics, and/or disturbance events.

The postdoctoral fellow will be mentored by Dr. Kimberly Novick (School of Public and Environmental Affairs) and Dr.  Richard Phillips (Biology). The majority of the work will involve analyzing data from two long-running eddy covariance flux monitoring tower: the Morgan Monroe State Forest AmeriFlux site (located 30 minutes from the IU-Bloomington campus) and the Crossett Experimental Forest (located in southern Arkansas).  The work represents a partnership between IU and the USDA Forest Service – Southern Research Station.  The postdoctoral fellow will be based in Bloomington, Indiana, but should be willing to travel up to 4 weeks/year for field campaigns in Arkansas and project meetings.

Qualifications: The successful application will have earned a Ph.D. in ecology, civil engineering, or environmental science. Applicants experienced in processing eddy covariance flux data are strongly encouraged to apply. Experience in using meteorological and forest-ecology instrumentation is also strongly preferred. Successful applicants will demonstrate the ability to work independently, prepare manuscripts, and to mentor undergraduate and graduate students.

Salary: $40,000 to $46,000 (commensurate with experience). Full benefits are included (see: for details).

Start date: We are looking to fill this position as soon as possible. For full consideration, all materials must be submitted by July 1, 2015. The appointment is initially for a one-year period, renewable for an additional year based on satisfactory performance.

To apply, please submit a cover letter that explains how this position fits your experience and goals, curriculum vita, and three letters of reference electronically through the IU PeopleAdmin website:  Inquiries regarding the position should be sent to: Dr. Kim Novick,<>, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University, MSB-II 322, Bloomington, IN 47405.

Please see the following links for information about the School of Public and Environmental Affairs <;, the Novick lab <;, or the Phillips lab, <;

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