Postdoctoral Scholar - Northern Ecosystem Ecology
Ecosystem Science & Soc Center
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The Center for Ecosystem Science and Society (Ecoss) at Northern
Arizona University (NAU) is seeking applications for a Postdoctoral
Scholar position in northern ecosystem ecology. This position will
work on a recently funded National Science Foundation research
project to investigate how increasing wildfire severity and
frequency will change carbon storage in northern boreal and tundra
ecosystems. The successful candidate will work with NAU scientists
in Ecoss and collaborating scientists at Woodwell Climate Research
Center to complete fieldwork in remote areas of Alaska, conduct
laboratory work and data analyses, lead international synthesis
activities, and prepare and submit manuscripts for publication. The
position will be based in Flagstaff, AZ and the expected start date
is Fall 2022.
The research project will assess where and how rapidly Arctic
ecosystems are shifting from a net carbon sink to a net carbon
source via increasing wildfires and the combustion of organic soil
carbon. The successful candidate will use extensive field
measurements, radiocarbon dating of soils, and dendrochronology to
develop a mechanistic understanding of the interactions between
fire severity, stand age at the time of fire, and soil drainage on
soil carbon combustion. The candidate we also work to determine if
our understanding of these controls is applicable across a wide
range of burned boreal and tundra study systems throughout the
circumpolar region through synthesis activities with international
Primary mentor: Dr. Xanthe Walker (email@example.com
Research & Publications - 75%
- Work collaboratively with research team to collect data and
design analyses to address primary research questions.
- Conduct independent fieldwork and data collection as needed and
keep appropriate records of all research activities.
- Lead data analysis, modeling, coding, and synthesis
- Design and implement research protocols and adapt new
procedures, methods, coding, or instrumentation as appropriate to
the project goals.
- Prepare and deliver presentations of research findings.
- Prepare and submit manuscripts for publication.
- Read scientific literature, participate in scientific
discussions with other members of the research team and lab, and
attend mandatory lab and project meetings.
- Other administrative and research tasks related to the project,
including organizing project meetings and training others in
Data Metrics - 15%
- Collect, curate, synthesize, and analyze research data
- Maintain organized, open, and accessible records of data and
- Perform data analysis and visualization and develop efficient
data analysis pipelines and/or tools as appropriate to project
- Tabulate and display data for presentation in research
conferences and for manuscript preparation; use graphics and
statistical software to analyze and present data.
Grant & Management - 5%
- Works within the grant-specific project requirements.
- Assists project PIs with managing grant funds according to
Academic/Lab Liaison - 5%
- Perform assigned lab duties to assist in the maintenance of
equipment, supplies, reagents or the general operation of the lab,
and various other duties or projects as assigned - as appropriate
to project goals.
- Promote an inclusive and welcoming work environment for
- PhD in Ecology, Biology, Biogeochemistry, or appropriate
- Record of publishing peer-reviewed research in scientific
- Experience designing, conducting, and supervising
- Experience completing and overseeing laboratory work related to
processing soils and plants for biogeochemical analyses.
- Demonstrated expertise with quantitative statistical analyses
in R or other programming languages.
- Coursework and/or research experience in ecology,
biogeochemistry, soil science, forestry, and/or ecosystem
- Interest and/or experience promoting STEM diversity and
- Experience organizing workshops and meetings
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
- Ability to work collaboratively as part of a research team and
with individuals from a variety of cultural backgrounds.
- Ability to take initiative and complete tasks without direct
- Innovation, critical thinking, and problem solving skills.
- Excellent quantitative and analytical skills.
- Excellent communication skills, as demonstrated by publications
and presentations at professional meetings.
- Excellent organizational and project management skills.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills.
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following: a criminal background investigation, an employment
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Salary range begins at $54,779. Annual salary commensurate with
candidate's qualifications and related experience.
This position is exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair
Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and therefore will not earn overtime or
compensatory time for additional time worked.
Post-Doctoral Scholars are hired on a contract basis, renewable
each fiscal year for a maximum of 4 renewals (5 years) according to
terms of the Arizona Board of Regents' Conditions of Post-Doctoral Service
. NAU offers
an excellent benefit package to Post-Doctoral Scholars including
generous health, dental and vision insurance; 10 days of vacation
and 10 holidays per year; and tuition reduction for employees and
qualified family members. New employees are eligible for benefits
on the first day of the pay period following their enrollment,
after their employment date. Employees will have 31 days from their
start date to enroll in benefits. Participation in NAU retirement
plans is not available to Post-Doctoral Scholars. More information
on benefits at NAU is available at the NAU HR benefits page
Learning and Development
Your career at Northern Arizona University includes the opportunity
for professional development. New
employee on-boarding training
includes courses to be completed
within the first 30 days. If your position includes the supervision
of a benefit-eligible employee, we offer the NAU Supervisors
Academy for you to complete within your first 2 years.
Applications received by April 30, 2022 at 11:59
will be given full consideration. Applications
received after that date may be considered until the position is
How to Apply
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