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Postdoctoral Research Associate I, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

The University of Arizona
Job Location:
Tucson, 85724
Environmental Science, Ecology, and Forestry

Posting Number: req19105

Department: Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Location: Main Campus

Address: Tucson, AZ USA

Position Highlights

We seek a creative post-doctoral scientist with experience in computational analysis and/or modeling of ecosystem processes and isotope biogeochemistry. The candidate will use statistical modeling and computational techniques to analyze observations of methane cycling under climate warming in an Arctic wetland/lake complex.

The science goals of this project (a collaboration funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation's EMERGE Institute) are to discover and predict how methane-cycling microbial soil communities interact with wetland ecology and gas transport processes to affect ecosystem carbon and methane cycling across lakes and wetlands of Arctic Sweden.

The position is in the research group of Dr. Scott Saleska, with co-mentorship by Dr. Rick Wehr at Aerodyne Research, Inc., We work as part of a national and international team comparing ecosystem and isotope dynamics to molecular microbial ecology (e.g. of methane cycling organisms) from Arctic Sweden to Amazonia.

This is a year-to-year appointment, contingent upon funding and performance (funding is currently available for up to three years).

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, vision, and life insurance; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities

The candidate will
lead computational analyses and interpretation of observations of isotopic
composition of fluxes and concentrations of CH4 and CO2,
and work as part of an international team comparing carbon flux dynamics to the
molecular microbial ecology of methane cycling organisms. The candidate will
use a computational modeling framework (including exploration of machine
learning approaches) to interpret field observations; and collaborate with an
interdisciplinary team of ecosystem modelers, microbial biologists, and wetland

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Familiarity with C++ programming language
  • Familiarity with machine learning techniques
  • Willingness and ability to work independently when required

Minimum Qualifications

  • Possess a doctorate degree upon hire.
  • Experience in a technical background related to managing instrumentation.
  • Experience
    in publishing material in peer review literature

Preferred Qualifications

  • Strong interest and experience in team-based interdisciplinary science.

FLSA: Exempt

Full Time/Part Time: Full Time

Number of Hours Worked per Week: 40

Job FTE: 1.0

Work Calendar: Fiscal

Job Category: Research

Benefits Eligible: Yes - Full Benefits

Rate of Pay: DOE

Compensation Type: salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)

Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Number of Vacancies: 1

Contact Information for Candidates

Dr Scott Saleska

Open Until Filled: Yes

Documents Needed to Apply: Resume, Cover Letter, and One Additional Document

Special Instructions to Applicant

Please include contact information for at least three professional references in your Talent application.

Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As a Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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