Postdoctoral Associate (Wetland Plant Productivity & Biogeochemistry)

University of Toledo

Toledo, OH, USA 🇺🇸

Job no: 494745
Work type: Staff – Full-Time
Location: Main Campus – Academic
Categories: Post Doc

Title: Postdoctoral Associate

Department Org: Environmental Sciences – 101250

Employee Classification: P1 – Post Doctoral Assoc FT-MC

Bargaining Unit: Bargaining Unit Exempt

Primary Location: Main Campus – Academic

Shift:  1

Posted Salary: $55,000.00/year

Job Description:

The Department of Environmental Sciences, at the University of Toledo, OH seeks a postdoctoral research associate who will investigate interactions between water level, wetland plant productivity and biogeochemistry that influence greenhouse gas (CO2, CH4, N2O) release within coastal terrestrial and aquatic interfaces (TAIs). Experience and interest in plot-scale flux measurements and/or ecosystem-scale measurements are welcome. The anticipated start date for the position is March 1, 2023. Funds are available for 1.5 years and we anticipate the extension of the on-going project.

Coastal TAIs are complex systems characterized by a high degree of spatial and temporal heterogeneity in biogeochemical cycling, carbon storage and greenhouse gas fluxes. Continuous measurements as eddy covariance measurements are valuable tools to better quantify flux rates, determine control factors and serve as benchmark for biogeochemical models. In addition, plot-scale measurements can highlight hot spot dynamics in transition zones, which are too small for flux tower measurements. The focus of this research is to advance our process-level understanding of soil – plant-atmosphere fluxes in coastal wetlands. Depending on interest, the incumbent will have the opportunity to synthesize existing flux data sets, including a growing set of measurements along transition zones between wetland and upland, as well as be involved with new observations and experiments.

This position is part of the DOE funded project – Coastal Observation, Mechanism, and Predictions Across Systems and Scales – Field Measurements and Experiments (COMPASS-FME). This large project is led by the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in collaboration with multiple partners, including the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) and Argonne National Lab. The COMPASS – FME project aims to understand the coupled interactions of plants, microbes, soils/sediments, and hydrology within coastal systems to inform multi- scale, integrated models from reaction scales to the coastal interface. The project’s research emphasis is primarily on terrestrial and wetland processes that are influenced by coastal waters, such as the fluxes and transformations of carbon, nutrients, and redox elements through these systems. This project includes several national labs, and research institutions in the W. Basin of Lake Erie and Chesapeake Bay, affording the successful candidate the opportunity for exciting and diverse collaborations. There will be opportunities for close collaboration with project partners and scientists at PNNL, LNLL, Ohio State University and The University of Toledo.

This postdoc will be based at U. Toledo and will provide leadership on synthesizing existing data sets from coastal wetlands (Ameriflux) and/or lead new data collection at the COMPASS Lake Erie research sites. The candidate will also check, maintain, and archive data following Ameriflux (and similar) protocols, and work with the COMPASS research team to assist with data review and archiving.
Contact Dr. Inke Forbrich, [email protected] with questions or for more information about this position.

Minimum Qualifications:

• A PhD degree in environmental or marine sciences, biometeorology, engineering, or related discipline
• Strong quantitative and analytical skills
• Previous work with Pacific Northwest National Lab or another National Lab or DOE funded project is advantageous
• Experience with automated and solar system operated sensors, data loggers, including:
• Campbell Scientific data loggers
• GHG flux sensors (Campbell scientific, Licor or similar)
• Experience with additional analytical instruments used in gas analysis (e.g. gas chromatography or laser based) is advantageous
• Valid driver’s license with a clean driving record
• Commitment to a safe and inclusive working environment required

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.

Preferred Qualifications:

• Experience using MATLAB or R preferred

Conditions of Employment:

All UToledo employees on all campuses, including those working on campus and working remotely, are required to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19, or have an approved exemption.

To promote the highest levels of health and well-being, the University of Toledo campuses are tobacco-free.  To further this effort, the University of Toledo Health Science Campus Medical Center is requiring candidates for employment to be nicotine-free.  Pre-employment health screening requirements will include cotinine (nicotine) testing, as well as drug and other required health screenings for the position. With the exception of positions within University of Toledo Main Campus and the University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences, the employment offer is conditional upon successful completion of a cotinine test and Occupational Health clearance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

The University of Toledo is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. The University of Toledo does not discriminate in employment, educational programs, or activities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, ancestry, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, military or veteran status, disability, familial status, or political affiliation. 

The University is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, dual-career professionals and covered veterans.

The University of Toledo provides reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If you require accommodation to complete this application, or for testing or interviewing, please contact the Human Resources Department at 419-530-4747 between the hours of 8:30AM and 5:00PM or apply online for an accommodation request. 

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Advertised: 21 Nov 2022 Eastern Standard Time
Applications close: 05 Dec 2022 Eastern Standard Time