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Postdoctoral Research Associate: Carbon Storage and Climate mitigation in Agriculture
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in Champaign, Illinois
Date Posted 05/29/2021
Admin-Laboratory and Research
Employment Type
Application Deadline Open until filled

Postdoctoral Research Associate: Carbon Storage and Climate mitigation in Agriculture

A postdoctoral research position is available in the Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) as part of the SMARTFARM project funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. A major goal of SYMFONI (System of Sy stems Solutions for Com mercial F ield-Level Quantification of Soil O rganic Carbon and Ni trous Oxide Emission for Scalable Applications) is to understand the field scale mechanisms driving carbon storage and loss and gaseous nitrogen fluxes from commercial agricultural fields under different management practices.

The postdoc will focus on making high resolution measurements of soil carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide fluxes with automated gas exchange equipment, as well as soil driving variables (e.g. pH, soil bulk density, soil organic matter and carbon, nutrients, etc). Experience with instrumentation and management of large data sets are desirable for this position. A willingness to learn techniques for spatial analyses also would be beneficial. The successful candidate will have experience conducting field research and should be comfortable working in a highly collaborative environment where they will coordinate research activities with a large team, supervise technicians and undergraduates, and write manuscripts. Field work will be conducted on commercial farms in Champaign County, Illinois.

The postdoc will work primarily under the guidance of Drs. Evan DeLucia, Wendy Yang, and Carl Bernacchi, and will be expected to collaborate with other ecosystem ecologists, ecosystem modelers, ecohydrologists, and others in the SYMFONI project.

Required Qualifications:

·      A Ph.D. or the equivalent in ecology, biogeochemistry, soil science, or related field

·      Experience with laboratory and field work

·      Strong English writing and oral communication skills

·      Strong organizational skills

·      Ability to work in a collaborative environment

·      Ability to travel frequently to local research sites

·      A valid driver’s license

All candidates must have received a Ph.D. in a relevant field within the past five years.  The position is available for two years, with possible extension further; however, annual renewal is dependent on funding and progress made by the individual. This position includes a competitive salary and full benefits.

Application review will begin June 15, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. The start date is flexible, but ideally the start would be on or before 1 December 2021. Applications should include a brief cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information for three references. Please send your application via email to Anya Knecht, the SYMFONI Program Manager, knecht2@illinois.edu.

For further information about the position, please contact Dr. Evan DeLucia at delucia@illinois.edu, Dr. Wendy Yang at yangw@illinois.edu, or Dr. Carl Bernacchi at bernacch@illinois.edu .

Illinois is an Affirmative Action /Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity (www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu ).

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background check s on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

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