Postdoctoral Scholar #603623

Northern Arizona University

Flagstaff, AZ

This position is subject to the availability of funding.

A single combined PDF file including: (1) cover letter, (2) CV, (3) 1-2 page statement of research vision in microbial ecology, and (4) names and contact information for three references must be attached to the application. Applications must be submitted at

The postdoctoral research associate will conduct research with the Aquatic Ecology Research Group in the Center for Ecosystem Science and Society at Northern Arizona University. The research will focus on the effects of variation in plant leaf litter on element flow through stream foodwebs, focusing on how concepts of the quality of the litter actually affect the functioning of the stream, and the fitness of the organisms that depend on that litter. The postdoc will use stable isotope tracers, nutrient and temperature manipulations, as well as molecular tools to assess the roles and responses of the microorganisms involved, to test general hypotheses about the relationship between litter decomposition and element transfer from litter to consumers. The scope of work will depend on the successful applicant’s interests and skills. We seek to recruit a creative thinker, field ecologist, and writer. The postdoc will collaborate with a large and interactive team working in ecosystem science. The postdoc will have the opportunity to participate in Ecoss activities, including regularly scheduled seminars and working groups. 

Minimum Qualifications

  • PhD in the subject discipline conferred by the time of appointment

Preferred Qualifications

  • Record of publication in the peer-reviewed literature

  • Fundraising for research, and collaborative interdisciplinary research

  • Experience in aquatic field ecology

  • Demonstrated verbal and written communication skills

  • Innovation, self-motivation, critical thinking and problem solving skills

  • Vision for research growth and collaboration in ecosystem science

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