A Research Associate (postdoctoral) (#0148) position is available at the University of Washington to conduct field and lab based research as part of a NASA funded effort to investigate carbon dynamics in arctic and boreal ecosystems. Under the guidance of Dr. David Butman the successful candidate will engage directly with collaborators from the U.S. Geological Survey, and Florida State University (R. Spencer) to carry out field campaigns within the Yukon River Basin in interior Alaska during the summer of 2016 and 2017. Sampling will include organic and inorganic carbon concentrations, dissolved gas fluxes, as well as stable and radioisotope sampling and preparation in an effort to investigate the movement of carbon from terrestrial to aquatic systems across a changing permafrost landscape. This effort is part of a collaboration between the USGS LandCarbon program and the NASA Arctic and Boreal Vulnerability Experiment with the lead PI as Dr. Robert Striegl (USGS), and the lead Science PI is Dr. Michelle Walvoord (USGS). The post-doc will have a leadership role in the use of radioisotopes of organic carbon across arctic freshwater research and will have the opportunity to work with a wide range of researchers across universities and government agencies. This post-doc will work directly with P.I Butman to further develop research of interest as part of the larger effort. This post-doc will begin to develop better algorithms for airborne and space-based remote sensing techniques to estimate carbon cycling in freshwaters across the arctic.
The successful candidate will have a Ph.D., or foreign equivalent, in environmental engineering, environmental science, biogeochemistry, oceanography, or a related field, and have experience conducting field campaigns in remote areas under sometimes challenging conditions. In addition, this candidate will have a foundational knowledge of carbon biogeochemistry in freshwaters, understands the application of stable and radio-isotopes to carbon cycling in aquatic systems, is familiar with remote sensing techniques, and is willing to become an integral component in a larger research effort. The post-doc will receive a competitive salary that is commensurate with their experience level. Applicants should submit a CV and a cover letter describing their interest in the position, their qualifications, and a list of three references with contact information.
This is a full-time, one year Research Associate (postdoctoral) appointment based in Seattle, WA, with the potential of extending for an additional year upon satisfactory performance. The School of Environmental and Forest Sciences manages several field stations and research sites including Pack Forest and the Olympic Natural Resources Center, and works with a broad range of stakeholders and partners including federal, state, and tribal agencies; non-governmental organizations; resource-based industries; and rural communities. All UW faculty engage in research, teaching, and service .
Please contact David Butman (email@example.com) for more information and to submit application materials. More information about the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences at the University of Washington can be found at http://www.sefs.washington.edu/ and additional information on the NASA ABoVE program can be found at http://above.nasa.gov/. Review of applications will begin December 1 and continue until a successful applicant is found. It is anticipated that this position will require field work by June 2016.
University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.