Post-Doctoral Scholar (Nutrient Flows)

Penn State University

University Park, PA, US


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A Postdoctoral position is available at The Pennsylvania State University in the area of quantitative analysis of nutrient flows at multiple scales. The candidate will be supervised by Dr. Jason Kaye, but may work primarily with him or Dr. Cibin Raj, Dr. Caitlin Grady, or Dr. Charles White. These faculty represent the nutrient flows team within an even larger coupled social-ecological systems project.

Overall the project seeks to increase agricultural productivity and environmental quality (especially water quality) in landscapes with intermixed agricultural and urbanized lands.

Strong quantitative skills are required to apply statistical and simulation models to conduct nutrient flow analyses at field, watershed, or regional scales. The position also includes some project management, field research and outreach responsibilities. Candidates are required to have a Ph.D. or equivalent doctorate in an appropriate field and be able to provide evidence that all requirements have been met for completion of the Ph.D. prior to the effective date of hire.

The initial appointment is for one year, but assuming strong performance, reappointment is anticipated. Our team has a strong track record of placing Postdocs in career positions. We are open to recruiting candidates with a wide array of quantitative skills working at any scale, including backgrounds in engineering, ecosystem ecology, agroecology, soil science, and biogeochemistry.

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Central Pennsylvania offers thriving communities with a reasonable cost of living, excellent schools and health care systems and numerous recreational, arts and entertainment opportunities. The area offers beautiful mountains, streams and parks. State College and the surrounding communities are home to approximately 100,000 people, including over 45,000 students.

For further information, contact Dr. Jason Kaye ([email protected]; 814-863-1614) or any of the other faculty listed above. Application materials requested are: cover letter (describe research interests, experience, and career plan), CV, and the names and contact information for three individuals who can provide references. Applications will be reviewed beginning May 1, 2020, and the search will continue until the position is filled. Desired start date is August 1, 2020 or sooner.


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