Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Earth %26 Planetary Sciences
August 25, 2018
Purpose: Do you have a real passion to improve the representation of nutrient and carbon cycling using data from a coordinated nationwide network of grassland nutrient enrichment experiments?
If so, the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at the University of Tennessee (UT) has one open postdoctoral position in Terrestrial Ecosystem Modeling. East Tennessee is beautiful and the cost of living is low, making the greater Knoxville area a most attractive location to reside.
Our mission is to improve the representation of nutrient and carbon cycling using data from a coordinated nationwide network of grassland nutrient enrichment experiments. Major Duties/Responsibilities:
Interact closely with a multi-institutional team of biogeochemists, modelers, and microbial ecologists to investigate the response of grassland microbial communities and soil organic matter dynamics to experimental N and P enrichment and site-to-site variation in temperature, precipitation, and other edaphic properties.
Use the US Department of Energy's Earth System Model E3SM, the Microbial Enzyme Decomposition model MEND, and the PHREEQC geochemical model.
Multi-institutional collaborators will provide data from nine different sites around the US with similar long-term profiles of observations and targeted nutrient additions.
Work closely with a team of experimentalists at other institutions to utilize experimental observations to develop models to represent the processes and to improve predictive capabilities.
Participate in scientific conferences and have the opportunity to publish results in a timely fashion.
Come join our diverse team and bring your scientific passion to further our research efforts in ecosystem modeling.
Internal Number: 159565
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