Job Description Summary
A fully-funded, three-year Post-Doctoral Research Associate Position is available starting as soon as October 2022 with Dr. Heather Alexander in the Forest and Fire Ecology Lab at Auburn University (Auburn, Alabama, USA) to study carbon resiliency following fire and wind disturbances in upland oak and pine forests utilizing observational methods and experimental field experiments across a variety of sites in the southeastern U.S. The primary objective of the research is to determine how carbon stocks fluctuate over short (weeks to months) and long temporal (years to decades) scales in common southern forest types experiencing different disturbance regimes with consideration of both above- and belowground carbon stocks at the forest ecosystem scale. The post-doc will interact with faculty in the College of Forestry, Wildlife, and Environment, private landowners, and state/federal agency personnel. In addition to developing and executing dissertation research, the post-doc will be expected to (1) help teach undergraduate courses in Forest Ecology and Forest Fire Management, (2) assist other collaborating researchers and lab members with their projects, (3) mentor graduate and undergraduate researchers working on related projects, and (4) contribute to college and university service.
Applicants must have a PhD degree in forestry, ecology, biology, or a related field at the time of starting the position. Prior experience in fieldwork related to forest ecology and/or silviculture is required. Successful candidates must demonstrate an aptitude for research, strong analytical and oral and written scientific communication skills, attention to detail, and ability to work independently and as a team. Applicants must be capable of working long hours outdoors exposed to harsh weather, biting insects, and thorny vegetation. Must possess a current and valid driver’s license and be able to drive a state vehicle. The successful candidate must meet eligibility requirements for work in the United States at the time the appointment is scheduled to begin and continue working legally for the term of employment.
We seek applicants with a publication record and with experience working with diverse groups from various backgrounds. Ability to drive ATVs, side x sides, operate chainsaws and other equipment, and implement prescribed fires is strongly desired.
Special Instructions to Applicants
In addition, applicants must complete the on-line application at the link provided along with 3 professional references maximum. Please submit by 09/16/2022. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.