Watershed Biogeochemistry Modeling Postdoctoral Research Associate, Michigan State University

East Lansing, Michigan 

Organization: Watershed Science & Hydroecology Lab, Michigan State University

Type of opportunity: Academic, postdoc, fellowship

Contact: Dr. Jay Zarnetske, jpz@msu.edu

Duties: We seek a postdoctoral associate to lead data analysis and modelling efforts for ongoing watershed biogeochemistry and hydrology projects in the Watershed Science & Hydroecology Lab at Michigan State University. The postdoc will lead efforts to model and predict solute flux patterns across watersheds using large extant data sets and novel high-frequency stream sensor systems. The postdoc will ultimately apply their models to evaluate regional and global change impacts on water resources. The lab represents a rapidly growing multidisciplinary team examining the influence of changes in climate and land use on water resources and watershed nutrient and pathogen transport. Michigan State University represents a large and vibrant community for water research.

Desired qualifications: The position requires a Ph.D. by the start date of employment in ecosystem ecology, biogeochemistry, hydrology, environmental engineering, ecoinformatics, or a related field. Preferred research skills and interests include demonstrated knowledge of watershed carbon and nitrogen biogeochemistry, geospatial analysis, machine learning, statistical modeling, and time series analysis. Strong computer programming skills (especially MATLAB, Python, R and/or FORTRAN) are required. A strong record of publications, GIS, and data-driven science is desired.

Start and end dates: Start date is flexible, but preferably in summer 2016. Position is funded for up to 2 years.

How to apply: To apply, please send letter of application detailing research interest and experiences, curriculum vitae, and names of 3 references (with telephone numbers and email addresses) to jpz@msu.edu.

Application deadline: We will begin reviewing applications on May 15 2016, and the search will remain open until a suitable candidate is found.