Post-Doctoral Researcher, Ph.D. and MS Students in Ecohydrology at Michigan Technological University
Michigan Technological University is seeking applications for a post-doctoral researcher, a Ph.D. student, and a MS student in broad areas of ecohydrology, biogeochemistry, and watershed hydrology and the positions are located at School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science. These positions are available immediately and open until filled.
(1) Post-Doctoral Researcher
We seek both field- and modeling-oriented postdoctoral researcher in greenhouse gas biogeochemistry and ecohydrology interested in studying how forest disturbance affect greenhouse gas emissions and ecohydrological processes. The position is for one year, with subsequent yearly appointment(s) subject to successful review and anticipated funding.
The research will focus on synthesizing, modeling, and publishing several years of field measurements related to the impacts of emerald ash borer (EAB) on black ash wetland systems. Focus areas include hydrology, carbon and nitrogen fluxes, and vegetation responses of small watersheds under simulated EAB infestations. Some field work in the western Upper Peninsula of Michigan will be required, and additional travel to field sites and to meet with collaborators in northern Wisconsin and Minnesota is anticipated.
Preferred qualifications: a PhD in forest hydrology, ecology, ecosystem science, biogeoscience, soil science, or a closely related field; the ability to synthesize and model complex field studies for peer-reviewed and management-focused publications and presentations; and database management and statistical analysis of environmental data. Desirable ability: GIS and remote sensing; coding with R; expertise in ecological and ecohydrological modeling; excellent written and oral communication skills and experience in publishing at professional journals.
The expected compensation includes annual salary of approximately $47,500 and benefits described here: https://www.mtu.edu/hr/current/benefits/docs/2014-post-doc-bib.pdf.
Applicants should submit a 2 page cover letter, CV, transcripts, up to three examples of published work, and the names and email addresses of three references. The cover letter should address the candidate’s research interests and experiences and a vision for how the results can be communicated to and applied with the greatest impact to land management. These materials should be submitted as a single pdf to Fengjing Liu at email@example.com or Randall (Randy) Kolka at firstname.lastname@example.org. Review of applications will begin on January 3, 2018 and continue until the position is filled.
(2) MS Student
Join an interdisciplinary team to study ecohydrological implications of simulated emerald ash borer (EAB) infestations in the Ottawa National Forest in the western Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Focus areas include hydrology, carbon and nitrogen fluxes, and vegetation responses
of small watersheds to both short-term and long-term treatments simulating EAB invasion in black ash wetlands embedded in northern hardwood watersheds.
Qualifications include a bachelor’s degree in science or engineering from an accredited university, including ecology, hydrology, geology, geography, biogeoscience, soil science, and natural resources. Experience with field measurements and fundamental statistical analysis preferred.
Anticipated start date: January or May 2018. Financial support will cover two years, including summers.
To apply: submit CV, recent college transcripts, GRE score (and TOEFL score for foreign applicants), statement of interest, and names and email addresses of three references to Fengjing Liu, email@example.com. Inquiries welcome. Review of applications will start immediately and will continue until candidate is identified. Subsequent application to Michigan Tech graduate school will be required of successful candidates.
For more information about our graduate program, visit: www.mtu.edu/forest/graduate/masters/
(3) Ph.D. Student
The overall objective is to develop a model of ecohydrological processes in forested catchments, by coupling and improving existing biogeochemical and hydrological models, to scale up from point measurements to catchment scales and understand how forest management affects ecological and hydrological processes. The study will be conducted at several catchments with strong climatic and ecological gradients following the lake effects in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
The successful candidate will have a background in ecohydrology, forestry, ecology, biogeoscience, or a related field. Qualifications also include a background in analytical and statistical methods and/or ability with computer programming; excellent written and oral communication skills; experience in publishing at professional journals; a keen research interest in ecohydrology and wetland ecology; and enthusiasm in working in field and with modeling. Ability of driving independently with a valid US driver’s license is required. A strong interest in learning modeling is desirable. A start date of January or June, 2018 may be needed (due to funding time constraint).
To apply: submit a single PDF file with CV, transcripts, GRE score (and TOEFL score if foreign applicants), statement of interest, and names and email addresses of three references to Fengjing Liu, firstname.lastname@example.org. Review of applications will start on January 3, 2018 and continue until candidate is identified. Subsequent application to Michigan Tech graduate school will be required of successful candidates.
For more information about our graduate program, visit: www.mtu.edu/forest/graduate/doctoral/
Michigan Tech is located in Houghton, MI in the heart of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Houghton is situated on the hills bordering the beautiful Portage Waterway and is only minutes from the Lake Superior shoreline. The area offers a bounty of cultural and recreational opportunities and a low cost of living. Houghton was rated as the 15th Greatest Place to Live in America by Outside Magazine in 2014. This environment combined with a great research opportunity results in an excellent quality of life.
Michigan Tech is an ADVANCE institution, one of a limited number of universities in receipt of NSF funds in support of our commitment to increase diversity and the participation and advancement of women in STEM.
Michigan Technological University is an equal opportunity educational institution/equal opportunity employer, which includes providing equal opportunity for protected veterans and individuals with disability. Applications from women and minorities are highly encouraged by both the school and the university.