Post Doc Wetland Plant EcologyEmployment Type: Staff - RegularEmployee Class: Post Doctoral Assoc FT-MCBargaining Unit: BU ExemptShift: 1Work Hours: 8:00 am - 5:00 pmHours Per Week: 40FTE: 1Location: Main Campus AcademicDepartment: Environmental SciencesNumber of Openings: 1Salary Range: $ 45,000.00 - 45,000.00Grade: Post Doctoral Associate - PD01Float: N/ARotate: N/AOn Call: N/ATravel: N/AWeekend/Holiday: N/ARequisition ID: req3619Position Control Number (PCN): T88237Posting Period: open to filled Position Description:
The Department of Environmental Sciences, University of Toledo, OH seeksa postdoctoral research associate who will investigate plant controls onbiogeochemical transformations and CO2/CH4 fluxes withincoastal terrestrial and aquatic interfaces (TAIs). Coastal TAIs are complexsystems characterized by a high degree of spatial and temporal heterogeneity inbiogeochemical cycling often described as hot spots and hot moments. Much ofthe complexity is due to plant-microbe interactions that mediate the soil redoxenvironment. The focus of this position is to advance our process-levelunderstanding of plant-water-microbe interactions that generate spatiotemporalvariation across upland-to-wetland gradients. Qualifications:
This position is part of the DOE funded project – Coastal Observation,Mechanism, and Predictions Across Systems and Scales - Field Measurements andExperiments (COMPASS-FME). This large project is led by the Pacific NorthwestNational Laboratory in collaboration with multiple partners, including theSmithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) and Argonne National Lab. TheCOMPASS - FME project aims to understand the coupled interactions of plants,microbes, soils/sediments, and hydrology within coastal systems to informmulti- scale, integrated models from reaction scales to the coastal interface. Theproject’s research emphasis is primarily on terrestrial and wetland processesthat are influenced by coastal waters, such as the fluxes and transformationsof carbon, nutrients, and redox elements through these systems. This projectincludes several national labs, and research institutions in the W. Basin ofLake Erie and Chesapeake Bay, affording the successful candidate the opportunityfor exciting and diverse collaborations. COMPASS will hire several post-docswith complementary skills in coastal science, biogeochemistry, data sciences,and land surface modeling at all scales. This postdoc will be based at U.Toledo and focus on the Lake Erie sites.
The incumbent will work on key research directions such as:  determining the rates and controls onplant and soil/sediment greenhouse gas fluxes within coastal TAIs at the LakeErie research sites;  characterizing relationships between greenhouse gasfluxes, redox status, nutrient availability and environmental conditions usinga combination of biogeochemical process measurements and sensor/dataloggerarrays. The incumbent will also be responsible for coordinating and implementingfield research, installation and sampling while co-supervising graduate andundergraduate students. Close collaboration with project partners andscientists at PNNL, LNLL, Heidelberg University and The University of Toledo isexpected.
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A minimum of PhD degree in plant, soil, or wetland ecology, environmental sciences, or related discipline.
Willingness and ability to engage in intensive field research activities including spending significant time outdoors, operating and maintaining equipment, etc.
Experience studying wetland ecosystems
Experience studying plant-microbe interactions
Experience with methods to measure plant and soil CO2 and CH4 fluxes using tools such as a LiCOR 6800 and/or 7810 (including automated chamber and multiplexer) systems
Experience with Campbell dataloggers and environmental (e.g. sapflow, redox) sensors
Valid driver’s license with a clean driving record
Strong quantitative and analytical skills, including experience with R
Commitment to a safe and inclusive working environment
Communication and other skills:
Effective communication skills (oral and written)
Ability and desire to collaborate with a large multi-institutional collaborative team
Ability to work without close supervision and to make decisions concerning weather conditions and other logistical factors
Ability to work closely with students, faculty and other staff to maintain research efficiency of the project.
Working conditions include field measurements and sampling on land, at times from a small boat or using waders. Exposure to harsh weather conditions including rain, wind, heat, cold, and sun. Must be able to carry gear up to 40 lbs., and launch a small craft by hand and reload to a vehicle. Must be willing to engage in long distance driving from Toledo to field research sites in Ohio.
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