Exciting postdoc in desert ecology/global change

Jim Coleman jcoleman at dri.edu
Tue Dec 14 12:27:56 EST 1999

Nevada Desert FACE Facility (NDFF)

LOCATION:  University of Nevada, Las Vegas and Desert Research Institute

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES:  This is a research position to study the effects
of elevated carbon dioxide on an intact desert ecosystem at the Nevada
Desert FACE (Free-Air CO2 Enrichment) Facility.  The essential functions
will be to work with a team of scientists from the Desert Research
Institute (DRI), University of Nevada-Las Vegas (UNLV), University of
Nevada-Reno, and the University of Arkansas.  This team is examining
changes in primary production and water balance, carbon and nitrogen
fluxes, and community dynamics of a Mojave Desert ecosystem in response
to elevated CO2 and simulated global change.  We are seeking an
individual with experience in at least two of the following areas: (1)
quantitative analysis of plant phenology and production; (2) water flux
processes; (23 plant/ecosystem gas exchange; and/or (4) ecosystem

QUALIFICATIONS:  Ph.D. in an area of ecology or closely related field.
The successful candidate must demonstrate strong interpersonal and
communication skills, the ability to function as part of a team, and the
ability to conduct research with minimal supervision under potentially
severe physical conditions.  Additionally, applicants should be
extremely motivated to conduct and publish their own independent
ecological research.

The research is located on the Department of Energy's Nevada Test Site.
The successful candidate must be willing to apply for and able to obtain
a DOE unclassified security clearance (UC) in order to work at the site.

STARTING DATE and DURATION:  March 2000.  Initially an 18-month
appointment, with a 1-year extension possible, depending on performance
and continued project funding.

SALARY:  Salary $30,000 to $32,000 annually, depending on qualifications
and experience.  DRI and UNLV offer excellent benefits packages.

APPLICATIONS:  Submit a cover letter describing how your qualifications
and interests meet the position requirements and a complete resume,
which must include the names, current telephone numbers, email and
postal addresses of at least three individuals capable of assessing your
qualifications for the position.  Review of applications will begin
January 3, 2000 and continue until the position is filled.  Send
applications to:

Dr. Stanley D. Smith
Department of Biological Sciences
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Las Vegas NV  89154-4004

Inquiries about the position can be directed to Dr. Smith (Email:
ssmith at ccmail.nevada.edu; Phone: 702-895-3197) or Dr. Jim Coleman, Vice
President for Research, Desert Research Institute (Email:
jcoleman at dri.edu; Phone: 775-673-7322).  For information about the NDFF,
go to the NDFF web site at
(Note: Underscores are located between the words Climate, Change, and

UNLV and DRI are Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employers.  We
hire only U.S. citizens and those authorized to work in the U.S.

Jim Coleman, Interim VP for Research and Business Development
NSF EPSCoR Project Director for Nevada
Desert Research Institute
2215 Raggio Parkway
Reno, NV 89512-1095
775-673-7421 (FAX; note new number)
702-895-0523 (Las Vegas Office)
jcoleman at dri.edu

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