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Doctoral Research Associate, Plant Ecology

Deadline:
Employer:
NGRREC-Terrestrial Ecology
Job Field:
Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management
Water and Soil Resources
Other
Job Type:
Full Time
Location:
Regional/Multiple
Job Description:

This position will focus on the impacts of large flood events on Upper Mississippi River floodplain forests and will have some freedom to pursue a series of pure and applied questions that relate to the impacts of flood inundation on tree survival rates, community succession, and canopy gap dynamics.

Key Measurable Expectations:

This position will primarily focus on the impacts of a large flood that occurred during 2019 on Upper Mississippi River floodplain forests. A large data set has been developed, which will be used to examine the impacts of flooding and develop research papers and presentations. The main constraint is that the research should be broadly relevant to the ecology of large river systems (aquatic and/or terrestrial) and should take advantage of this existing data set. This position links in with forest management activities of the Upper Mississippi River Restoration Program and forest simulation modeling research conducted at the USGS Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center. The postdoc will be based at the National Great Rivers Research & Education Center (NGRREC), a state-of-the-art research facility on the banks of the Mississippi River about 30 minutes from downtown St Louis, with expected visits to collaborating research groups and local/international field sites as required.

  • Conduct research on the impacts of large flood events on Upper Mississippi River floodplain forests involving the following components:
    • Creating and organizing large data sets
    • Conducting univariate and multivariate analyses, such as logistic regression analysis, hierarchical cluster analysis, and/or random forest models.
    • Writing reports and giving oral presentations of the work.
  • Collaborate with NGRREC scientists on other mission-oriented research.
  • Preparation and submission of scientific manuscripts and research grants.
  • Assist in the day-to-day running of the terrestrial ecology program, including collaboration with and monitoring of less senior members.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
Qualifications:

Minimum Training and Experience Required to Perform Essential Job Functions

SKILLS REQUIRED

The ideal applicant for this position will have strong quantitative skills, including mathematical, computational, and statistical modeling experience. Coursework in plant taxonomy, physiology, and ecology are desired, along with a basic understanding of hydrology and hydraulics.

Successful candidates will have compelling publication records (commensurate with experience), strong interests in developing their own research questions (within the scope of the project), the ability to work independently and in larger groups, and excellent verbal and written communication skills. The postdoc will assist in the day-to-day running of the terrestrial ecology laboratory, including collaboration with and monitoring of less senior members.

This is an annual position for a duration of up to two years, with the second-year dependent on satisfactory performance. Additional funding may become available after two years, with applicants helping to secure such funds. 

  • A Ph.D. in Ecology or related discipline is required by the start date.
  • Strong quantitative skills, including mathematical, computational, and statistical modeling experience.
  • Expertise in Geospatial Data analysis and modeling.
  • Expertise in plant ecology is desired.
  • Basic understanding of hydrology and hydraulics is desired.
  • Excellent publication record (commensurate with experience).
  • Strong interests in developing one’s own research questions (within the broad interests of the position).
  • The ability to work independently and in larger groups.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Available for early/late or weekend work.

Preferred Qualifications:

Work Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Some Evenings , Some Weekends
Open Date: 11/17/2021
Open Until Filled: Yes

Miscellaneous:

N/A

Salary:
$47,000 - $75,200/Commensurate with experience
Benefits:

N/A

How to Apply: