Postdoctoral Research Associate I
The University of Arizona’s Desert Laboratory on Tumamoc Hill is searching for a post-doctoral researcher for a two-year position (term subject to receipt of funds) to work with the Lab’s > 115-year ecological data sets. The postdoc will use this rich trove to build on the long history of foundational research on desert plants and bring new light to the Desert Lab’s unique data sets.
The successful applicant will be based at the Desert Lab, help identify and develop research questions, lead analyses of existing data series focused on vegetation dynamics, plant demography, and mechanisms driving change through time, and lead in the publication of results and the submission of new proposals. Opportunities for focused field work and data collection on Tumamoc Hill and throughout the Sonoran Desert will be also be available.
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.
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Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!
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- Utilize a geospatial database of the Desert Lab’s long-term ecological plots to test hypotheses about desert plant population and community dynamics.
- Collect new field data relevant to this pursuit.
- 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
- PhD in field related to position described above
- Experience with management and analysis of ecological data sets
- GIS database experience
- 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
Open Date 9/1/2020 Open Until Filled Yes Documents Needed to Apply Curriculum Vitae (CV) and Cover Letter Special Instructions to Applicant 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.