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Postdoctoral Fellow, Wildland Fire Effects on Tree Growth and Wood Properties

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In Brief : Post-doc will contribute to multiple lines of investigation into fire effects on tree injury, tree growth, and wood properties.

This post-doc will be employed by the University of Missouri and based in the School of Natural Resources and Center for Tree-Ring Science located in Columbia, Missouri. The post-doc will work closely with Dr. Michael Stambaugh, Associate Professor of Forest Ecology, and project partners from the U.S. Forest Service and multiple universities. This research is funded by the U.S. Forest Service through support of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

Job Duties : A post-doctoral position is available to contribute to multiple studies associated with fire effects on tree injury, tree growth, and wood properties. This position joins a diverse, national team of investigators in areas of wildland fire, wildlife, landscape modeling, wood technology and sociology. This position will analyze diverse datasets from both western and eastern U.S. regions including forest inventories, tree radial growth, wood anatomy, and wood properties. This work builds on prior projects investigating how fire effects tree survival, injury, and growth in real-world management situations. Primary duties include analysis of datasets leading to peer-reviewed publications, coordination with project partners, and supervision of field and laboratory efforts. This position is expected to work collaboratively in a team, with mentorship responsibility.


Minimum Qualification : Ph.D. in forestry, wildland fire, or related field by the time of appointment.

Candidates will be evaluated on : Experience in programming, data analysis, model development, and statistical analysis of spatial and temporal datasets. Evidence of strong scholarship, including peer-reviewed publications. Demonstrated knowledge of diverse forest ecosystems, fire regimes, and model development; knowledge of tree growth, fire effects, and wood products; proven ability to finish projects; strong desire to work with stakeholders and as part of a team.

Application Materials

Please a pply online at , Job ID 50576 and send: (1) CV, (2) the names and contact information for three professional references, and (3) PDFs of one or more relevant publications to Dr. Michael Stambaugh, Email: .

Applications will be accepted until a suitable candidate is found, with an ideal start date in summer of 2024. Interviews will occur via Zoom. Initial appointment is for one year.

Benefit Eligibility

This position is eligible for University benefits. As part of your total compensation, the University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, and educational fee discounts for all four UM System campuses. For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at .

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