Invasive Species Research Program
Brackenridge Field Laboratory, University of Texas at Austin

We are recruiting a postdoctoral fellow to research South Texas grassland ecology in systems that have been disrupted by woody plant removal and introduction of exotic grasses (e.g. buffel grass and guinea grass). The Postdoc will work closely with both UT researchers and ranch biologists to assess responses to different ongoing management treatments of grazing and fire aimed at restoring native diversity. The Postdoc will: 1) develop and test hypotheses to elucidate mechanisms of plant community dynamics under ongoing and historic land management, and 2) document baseline conditions in advance of future microbial treatments or biological control introductions aimed to reduce negative impacts of invasive exotic grasses. The Postdoc will develop a research program according to his/her expertise, and will also support ongoing studies into grass decomposition and biological control.

While the position is based at the Brackenridge Field Laboratory, and appointed in the Department of Integrative Biology, UT Austin, the job will involve substantial field work at several remote study sites in South Texas in a ranching and wildlife management environment and culture.

Candidates should hold a Ph.D. in ecology of plant communities and should have a strong publication record. The position requires a demonstrated capacity for conducting field techniques for sampling plant communities (especially grasslands) and design of field experiments to elucidate community processes, plant demography and productivity, with experience of GIS and multivariate analyses of plant community dynamics on landscapes.

The position is supported by grant funding, and is renewable on an annual basis for up to three years, depending on progress and performance. All standard UT Austin conditions of hiring and employment apply to this position.

Application packages should include your detailed resume, a cover letter describing your interests, and names and contact details of 3 references. Application reviews will begin after January 10, 2016 and the successful candidate is expected to begin by March 2016. If interested, please send your application materials or queries to Dr
Larry Gilbert [email protected] and/or Dr Rob Plowes [email protected]

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