Arctic and Temperate Watershed Biogeochemistry Postdoc Research, Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

Organization: Michigan State University

Contact: Direct questions about the position to Dr. Jay Zarnetske (

Duties: The postdoc will lead efforts to analyze and model solute flux patterns across Arctic and Temperate watersheds using large extant data sets and new high-frequency data from stream sensor systems. The overarching research goal is to quantify controls on dissolved organic matter and nutrient production, processing, and transport through freshwater ecosystems, and to assess how these controls are being altered by regional and global changes. The postdoc will work with a rapidly growing multidisciplinary team examining the influence of changes in climate and land use on water resources and watershed nutrient and pathogen transport. MSU is a large and vibrant community for water research, and this position is only one of several watershed science postdoctoral associate positions in our department. The postdoc will be actively mentored to achieve their professional goals, including individualized mentoring plans focused on technical skills training, professional networking, establishing interdisciplinary collaborations, mentoring students, and eventual job placement.

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

Start and end dates: Summer/Fall 2017

Link to more information: For more information on the research group, please visit

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 Dr. Jay Zarnetske ( and cc all correspondences to

Application deadline: June 15, 2017