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Postdoctoral Research Associate — Utah State University

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Agency
Dept of Watershed Sciences, Utah State University
Location
Logan, Utah, USA
Job Category
Post Doctoral Appointments
Salary
One year of funding is guaranteed with potential for extension depending on funding and performance. Staring salary is $60,000 per year + retirement, health benefits (47.5%), and support for professional travel.
Start Date
02/01/2023
Last Date to Apply
12/31/2022
Description
We seek a postdoctoral research associate for 2 complimentary projects. For the first, the associate will build a food web model for a representative sentinel arctic lake based on long-term data (NSF Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) and the results of a whole lake warming experiment, towards a greater goal of understanding and predicting how Arctic lake food webs will respond to on-going rapid climate warming. The model will then be extrapolated to other Arctic and Alpine lake types, including those experiencing rapid glacier loss, for more of a landscape level understanding of the effects of climate change on food webs and lake ecosystems. This project also includes at least one trip each to the Arctic LTER centered out of the Toolik Field Station (TFS; ttp://toolik.alaska.edu/) and to a series of Alpine lakes in British Columbia. The Arctic LTER, TFS, and USU offer a vibrant and extremely interdisciplinary, intellectual community. The associate will work directly with Drs. Janice Brahney and Phaedra Budy (both Utah State University, Budy - U.S. Geological Survey - UCFWRU,). The associate will also be expected to help mentor graduate and undergraduate students in both labs, apply for supplementary research funding, and play an active role in the Department of Watershed Sciences.
Qualifications
Qualifications: Completed PhD in aquatic ecology or closely related field before start date, interest in freshwater fishes, and limnology. Candidates should have knowledge and interests in R programming and strong quantitative skills although expertise in modeling is not a requirement. Location: The successful applicant will be based out of the Department of Watershed Sciences at Utah State University in Logan, UT, but see above for field work. Logan is a relatively small college town located at the base of the Bear River Range and the Cache National Forest, offering a diversity of outdoor recreation opportunities, as well as being within a short drive of Salt Lake City and its many amenities. The cost of living is increasing but still reasonable. For additional information describing the department, faculty, and programs see http://www.cnr.usu.edu/wats/. Salary and benefits: One year of funding is guaranteed with potential for extension depending on funding and performance. Staring salary is $60,000 per year + retirement, health benefits (47.5%), and support for professional travel. Start date: We encourage applicants to submit materials as soon as possible and by December 31, 2022, at the latest. Start date is negotiable but targeted for winter of 2023 at the latest. Apply to Dr. Phaedra Budy (phaedra.budy@usu.edu) in a single, merged PDF: (1) brief cover letter describing experiential background, career goals, and project interest, (2) CV, (3) email addresses and phone numbers for three professional references.
Contact Person
Dr. Phaedra Budy
Contact eMail
phaedra.budy@usu.edu

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