University of Idaho
Postdoctoral Fellow in Cross-Scale Fire Ecophysiology
Off Campus Location - Missoula, MT
College of Natural Resources
$49,920 salary for 1 year to contribute to a
project focused on fire effects and integration to modeling.
A one-year postdoctoral position, with the possibility of extension
for an additional year depending on performance evaluation and
funding, is available to join an interdisciplinary research
teaching effort focused on Cross-Scale Fire Ecophysiology.
The University of Idaho is hiring a full-time, post-doctoral
researcher (based in Missoula, MT) to investigate linkages between
wildland fire behavior and resulting ecological effects at micro-
to macro- biological scales. The goal is to utilize these linkages
for improvements to computational fluid dynamic fire models. The
post-doctoral researcher will primarily investigate factors
influencing thermal tolerance of plant tissue to heating associated
with wildland fire. The position is a collaboration between the
University of Idaho, USDA Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research
Station, and Los Alamos National Laboratory to conduct research on
thermal tolerance and dose-dependent responses of plants and
aerosolized microbiota that can be incorporated into computational
fluid dynamics models to predict fire effects across pedosphere,
biosphere, and atmosphere boundaries.
The position requires expertise in plant ecophysiology and
laboratory and field experiments used to measure plant stress
and/or biological response to heating. Experience in wildland fire
behavior and/or fire ecology is preferred. The incumbent will work
closely with members of a multi-disciplinary team and will lead
coordinating experiments and data management for the team. While
knowledge of computational fluid dynamic fire models is not
required, the incumbent is expected to work closely with modelers
and gain an understanding of model requirements and limitations
such that experimental output can be used for model innovations.
The incumbent will publish results in peer-reviewed journals.
The successful candidate will report to a faculty supervisor in the
Department of Natural Resources and Society at the University of
Idaho, in Moscow, ID. The incumbent will be a University of Idaho
employee, but will be stationed in Missoula, MT to conduct
experiments at the Rocky Mountain Research Station's Fire Sciences
Laboratory. Some travel to Moscow, ID and elsewhere will be
• Education: Ph.D. degree in Natural Resources, with a focus on
plant ecophysiology or related fields.
• Research Experience: documented research experience on the
ecophysiology of plants
• Interest in working with biomass burning in laboratory and/or
• Demonstrated oral and written communication skills.
• Demonstrated record of published or in-press peer-reviewed
• Ability to work independently and collaboratively on scientific
• Demonstrated ability to work independently and with a
• Ability to pass a background check.
• Demonstrated familiarity with fire modeling science and
• Experience working with biomass burning in laboratory and/or
• Familiarity with fire effects modeling
Physical Requirements & Working Conditions:
Physical ability to work with controlled fire experiments in a
laboratory and field setting (Missoula Fire Science Lab)
Open Until Filled:
Evaluation of applicants will begin on March 5, 2021, and continue
until the position is filled.
Applicants who are selected as final
possible candidates must be able to pass a criminal background
To apply, please visit: jobs.uidaho.edu
University of Idaho is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative