Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Fellow to investigate the biogeochemical processes in tidal marsh soils that regulate their ability to produce, transform, and buffer dissolved organic matter (DOM) export to estuaries. The project seeks to transform our ability to predict the influence of tidal wetlands on estuarine biology, biogeochemistry, and ecology. The successful applicant will join an interdisciplinary, multi-institution, NSF-funded research team that includes biogeochemists and modelers. Our goal is to combine rich datasets, process-focused experiments, and a coupled hydrodynamic-
photochemical-biogeochemical model to investigate understudied aspects of marsh export that may control the seasonality and fate of dissolved organic matter in estuaries. Through interactions with relevant stakeholders from EPA, NOAA and NERRS, the improved understanding and tools that emerge from this project will be integrated into enhanced monitoring and management efforts, providing direct societal benefits.

For more background, please see our related project: http://www.carbonwetlands.com/.

The Fellow will be based at on the campus of the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, a 2,650 hectare complex of upland forest, farmland and wetlands (www.serc.si.edu). Many of the Center’s 100+ full-time employees commute from nearby Annapolis, MD and Washington, DC. This is a one year, NSF-funded position with continuation for 2 years (3 years total) given satisfactory performance. The position requires strong research interest, and preferably previous research experience, in soil and/or aquatic biogeochemistry. The post-doc will work closely with Dr. Patrick Megonigal (SERC), Dr. Patrick Neale (SERC) and Professor Maria Tzortziou (CCNY and SERC), and will also have the opportunity to interact with other members of our multi-institutional
team. The position comes with a competitive salary commensurate with training and research experience, plus benefits, office space, computer facilities, and coverage of research and related travel expenses
Please e-mail (i) a short letter of interest that describes your experience and qualifications (1-2 pages), (ii) full CV with publications list (accepted, in-press, and in-review), and (iii) contact information for 3 references by March 15th to Dr. Patrick Megonigal ([email protected]) and Dr. Maria Tzortziou ([email protected]). Review of applications will begin immediately, and the search will continue until a suitable applicant is found. The candidate is expected to start in May-June 2016.

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