The Wetland Plant Ecology Lab led by Dr. Sean Graham in the Department of Biological Sciences at Nicholls State University is recruiting a postdoctoral research associate to contribute to a suite of projects investigating the following topics:
1) Meta-analytic synthesis of Deepwater Horizon (DWH) oil spill impacts on wetland function and stability. This project will use a broad, collaborative approach to synthesize data on DWH oiling impacts and recovery of wetland plants (primary focus), benthic macroinvertebrates and infauna, shoreline erosion, and soil-oil characteristics, as well as an overall integrated summary.
2) The effects of coastal restoration on deltaic wetland sustainability. This project will address uncertainties associated with the use of large-scale river diversions as a restoration technique by investigating the interactive effects of nutrient enrichment and sediment availability on wetland plant productivity and biomass allocation, soil physicochemistry, and soil integrity.
3) The long-term impacts of coastal eutrophication on wetland blue carbon. This project will assess the effects of chronic nutrient enrichment on soil carbon dynamics via plant-microbe interactions in the rhizosphere.
The appointment is for 18 months (depending on performance) with the possibility of an extension if funds are available. The target start date is February 1, 2018, though a slightly later date is negotiable.
The successful candidate for this position will be a highly productive, self-directed, and independently-motivated individual possessing the following qualifications:
• A Ph.D. in biology, botany, chemistry, soil science, marine/coastal science, environmental science, or closely related field
• Strong understanding of statistics and experimental design, including SAS or R programming
• Previous field experience working in coastal wetland ecosystems, including driving/trailering a boat
• Previous laboratory experience in plant physiology, soil biogeochemistry, or microbial assays
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with demonstrated ability to write and publish
• The ability to manage multiple projects.
To apply, qualified candidates should email the following information as a single PDF document to Dr. Sean Graham (firstname.lastname@example.org) by December 10, 2017: (1) a cover letter describing research experience, interests, and goals, (2) CV, and (3) the names and contact information for three professional references