The Department of Biology at Texas State University is seeking a postdoctoral researcher to be supervised by Dr. Jason Martina and contribute to a large-scale collaborative project. This NASA-funded research project will evaluate the interactions between the Great Lakes (of the Upper Midwest, USA) and coastal areas, and how upland hydro-ecological processes influence coastal ecology and near-shore water quality. This research is being conducted in collaboration with co-PIs at Michigan Tech Research Institute, Michigan State University, University of Michigan, University of Texas – Dallas, and the University of Northern Iowa.
This research will involve working with the Mondrian model, a process-based computer model of wetland community and ecosystem processes with an emphasis on both biogeochemistry and plant competition. The candidate will apply the model to study how global change drivers, such as plant invasions, nutrient loading, and water level fluctuations influence the ability of coastal wetlands to buffer nutrient changes in near-shore Lake Huron. This project will also involve enhancing existing coupling between Mondrian and a large-scale watershed hydrogeochemical model to better simulate time-varying lake water levels, wetland vegetation, and nutrient delivery to coastal wetland systems.
In addition, this NASA-funded project aims to train and engage underrepresented undergraduates in interdisciplinary science by fostering their exposure to STEM careers through direct experiences with experts in remote sensing and computational modeling. A proportion of the postdoc’s responsibility will be to facilitate the development and execution of an undergraduate training program.
The candidate will be expected to function well as part of a research team, including working with co-PI faculty at other collaborating universities. The candidate will be expected to present research results at national conferences and to lead the development of collaborative manuscripts for publication in peer reviewed journals. They will have some flexibility to develop original research questions and topics in areas related to the research funding. Salary is competitive and includes a standard benefits package. This is a one-year position with extension to two years with satisfactory job performance.
How to apply
This position has a flexible start date anticipated to be May 1, 2022. To apply for the position, please submit a CV, cover letter describing your research interests and qualifications for the position, unofficial transcripts, a copy of one publication, and contact information for three professional references at the following link: https://jobs.hr.txstate.edu/postings/37229.
Review of applications will begin on March 1, 2022 and continue until the position is filled. Women and under-represented minorities are encouraged to apply. Texas State University is an equal opportunity employer. Questions about the position can be addressed to Jason Martina (email@example.com).
The successful candidate should have a PhD in ecosystem ecology, plant community ecology, wetland ecology, physiological ecology, biogeochemistry, ecosystem or ecological modeling, or a closely related field and should have strong data management skills and some prior experience with modeling ecological plant communities or ecosystems. The ability to write or debug computer code is desired, as is an understanding of clonal plants and wetland C, N, and P biogeochemistry.