postdoc ad: Stable Isotope Ecology

Will Cook cwcook at duke.edu
Fri Jan 30 16:52:20 EST 2004

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Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2004 12:12:53 -0700
From: Larry Flanagan <larry.flanagan at uleth.ca>

Postdoctoral Research Position in Stable Isotope Ecology
A postdoctoral position is available for a person with a PhD in 
Biology, Biogeochemistry, Ecology, Forest Science or related 
disciplines. The successful applicant will take part in field and lab 
work, data analysis, and report writing for studies of the influence 
of ecosystem photosynthesis and respiration on the stable isotope 
composition of atmospheric CO2. One objective of the project is to 
use stable isotope measurements to help understand environmental 
controls on ecosystem gas exchange. In addition, we are interested in 
using stable isotope techniques to help understand the contribution 
of component processes contributing to ecosystem CO2 exchange 
measured at a range of scales. Planned work for 2004 will analyze 
gradients between the atmosphere's mixed layer and free troposphere 
to determine regional variation in CO2 exchange and stable isotope 
discrimination. Field work will be conducted at several study sites 
across Canada as part of the Fluxnet-Canada network 
(http://www.fluxnet-canada.ca). A major objective of the 
Fluxnet-Canada network is to study the influence of climate and 
disturbance on carbon cycling in Canadian forest and peatland 

The duties of the post doc include (1) collection of atmospheric 
(flask), plant and soil samples for stable isotope analysis using a 
gas isotope ratio mass spectrometer with continuous flow interfaces; 
(2) analysis of stable isotope data in conjunction with ecosystem 
eddy flux, chamber flux data and other atmospheric measurements; and 
(3) publishing research findings in peer reviewed journals.

The position requires a demonstrated record in pursuing original 
creative research in the areas of stable isotope ecology and/or 
biosphere-atmosphere exchange; (2) experience working with stable 
isotope techniques and interpreting stable isotope data; (3) strong 
quantitative skills and working knowledge of computer programming 
languages such as MATLAB or equivalent; (5) strong communication 
skills; and (6) the physical ability and interest to conduct field 
work at several locations across Canada.

To apply, please send a cover letter describing your interest in the 
position with a copy of your CV and the names and contact information 
of two referees. The position is available for a minimum of 
two-years, starting with a one-year renewable appointment subject to 
satisfactory performance. The position is available on May 1, 2004.

Applications for this position will be accepted until April 20, 2004.

For more information and to make an application please contact:

Dr. L.B. Flanagan
Department of Biological Sciences
University of Lethbridge
4401 University Drive
Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada
T1K 3M4

Telephone:	(403) 380-1858
FAX:		(403) 329-2082
e-mail:		larry.flanagan at uleth.ca
Web Page:	http://home.uleth.ca/bio/faculty/flan.html


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