Woods Hole Research Center (WHRC)

Postdoctoral Researcher Position Arctic Carbon Monitoring YK Delta- Job #SNPD19

Woods Hole Research Center (WHRC)

Falmouth, MA, United States

Postdoctoral Researcher Position
Arctic Carbon Monitoring YK Delta- Job #SNPD19

SUMMARY: We seek a postdoctoral researcher to collaborate on a project focused on carbon cycling in arctic and boreal environments. The postdoctoral researcher will lead the field component of this project, which includes extensive field-based research in the Yukon Kuskokwim (YK) Delta, Alaska. The successful candidate will work closely with a team of scientists at the Woods Hole Research Center and collaborators at other institutions to integrate the field observations with synthesis, remote sensing, and modeling data; contribute to the development of a web-based visualization platform; and engage the scientific community and other stakeholders at workshops and other venues.

• Advance understanding of the processes driving tundra carbon fluxes in the context of permafrost thaw and wildfire.
• Work closely with research team to design field campaigns to examine the drivers and magnitude of terrestrial and aquatic carbon fluxes in the YK Delta.
• Conduct research in a remote field site.
• Lead field measurements that include plant community composition, terrestrial ecosystem carbon and nutrient pools, aquatic chemistry, and CO2 and CH4 fluxes from aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems using chamber-based and eddy covariance methods.
• Coordinate field- and lab-based research activities, including oversight of project research assistants.
• Engage with scientists, policy makers, and other stakeholders at workshops and meetings.
• Synthesize, present, and publish results.

Qualifications and Experience:
• Ph.D. (granted or expected soon) in Earth System Science, Ecology, or a related discipline.
• Experience leading a large field-based research campaign.
• Knowledge of arctic tundra carbon cycling (CO2 and CH4).
• Expertise with eddy covariance methodology is strongly desired; experience and willingness to learn new techniques and methodologies is required.
• Excellent interpersonal, teamwork, written, and verbal communication skills.
• Demonstrated record of publication in scientific journals.
• Ability to lead a research project and independently develop new directions.
• Experience or interest in interacting with stakeholders (e.g., policy makers, community members, natural resource managers) is strongly desired.

Application Deadline: December 6, 2019, or until filled

Desired Start Date: Flexible start date, January – April 2020

Classification and Compensation: This is a full-time, salaried, exempt position. The salary range is $60,000 to $65,000. This is a two-year appointment with the potential to extend. WHRC offers a very generous benefits package.

Application Instructions: To apply, please send a cover letter referencing Postdoctoral Researcher Job SNPD19, your curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references to jobopenings@whrc.org. Please type SNPD19 in the subject line.

The Woods Hole Research Center is an independent, nonprofit institute focused on environmental science, education, and public policy. The WHRC focuses on combining analysis of satellite images of the Earth with field studies and computer models to better understand changes in the world’s ecosystems, from the thawing permafrost in the Arctic to the expanding agriculture regions of the tropics.


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Postdoctoral Researcher Position Arctic Carbon Monitoring YK Delta- Job #SNPD19