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Desert Laboratory Plant Ecology Postdoctoral Research Associate

The University of Arizona
Job Location:
Tucson, Arizona
Laboratory and Research

Posting Number: req8327

Department: AZ Inst for Resilience

Location: Main Campus

Address: Tucson, AZ USA

Position Highlights

Arizona Institutes for Resilience (AIR) at the University of Arizona (UArizona) is in search of a Desert Laboratory Plant Ecology Postdoctoral Research Associate for their Tumamoc Hill program. The postdoctoral researcher will lead the Desert Lab's long-term saguaro census effort. The postdoc will coordinate, lead, analyze, and publish the census effort of Tumamoc Hill's 6,000 plus monitored saguaros.

The successful applicant will be based at the Desert Lab, help develop the saguaro census protocol, lead and undertake the field census with a team of volunteers, lead analyses of previous and 2022 data series saguaro plot data, and lead in the publication of results and the submission of new proposals. The position will work toward these efforts in collaboration with the Desert Laboratory Director, the Ike Russell Post Doctoral Researcher, and the Desert Lab Plant Ecology Working Group.

The Desert Lab was founded in 1903 by the Carnegie Institution and is the home of the oldest permanent vegetation plots in the world. Part of the Arizona Institutes of Resilience, the Lab houses a transdisciplinary group of researchers in biological and social sciences, along with artists and educators. The role of the Desert Laboratory is to build on the complementary strengths of culture, science, and community rooted at Tumamoc Hill and the larger Sonoran Desert to become an integrative hub of novel research, education, and outreach about how linked human and natural systems face the future of life in the desert.

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

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Lead the field census of the 6,000+ saguaros that comprise the Desert Laboratory's long-term saguaro plots.
  • Coordinate and oversee a volunteer team of students and Tumamoc Steward Volunteers to undertake the census effort.
  • Utilize a geospatial database of the saguaro plots to undertake the 2022 census effort.
  • Publish relevant papers and help with grant writing.
  • Outreach communication via talks, written pieces, videos, and other creative outlets.
  • Contribute to a transdisciplinary research community.
  • Additional duties may be assigned.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Plant ecology field work
  • Team coordination
  • Geospatial database capacity
  • Demographic data analysis
  • Grant writing
  • Scientific publication writing
  • Public science communication
  • Strong collaborative team working dynamics

Minimum Qualifications

  • A Ph.D. in field related to position described above. The selected candidate must have a conferred Ph.D. upon hire.
  • Experience with management and analysis of ecological data sets.
  • GIS database experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with plant population or community dynamics modeling
  • Experience with long-term or large data sets
  • Experience or interest in conducting field work with desert plants

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: $53,760

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

Anna Seiferle-Valencia

Open Until Filled: Yes

Documents Needed to Apply: Resume and Cover Letter

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 an 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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