We seek applications for a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Plant Ecophysiology or Ecohydrology for a period of two years with the possibility to extend.
Overview/background This post-doc will join an interdisciplinary team of scientists working to understand how climate-mediated changes in epiphyte abundance in tropical montane regions will impact canopy microclimate, rainfall partitioning, tree performance and energy balance. The postdoc will be advised by Dr. Sybil Gotsch (Franklin & Marshall College) and will have the opportunity to work as part of a collaborative team including Drs. Nalini Nadkarni (University of Utah), Todd Dawson (UC-Berkeley) and Lauren Lowman (Wake Forest University). The position will be housed at Franklin and Marshall College but for most of the time, the postdoc would reside in our beautiful field location in Monteverde, Costa Rica. Job duties
Build and maintain canopy sap flow sensor arrays
Build and maintain canopy microclimate arrays
Build and maintain stemflow, throughfall and soil moisture arrays
Manage large datasets
Publish results in peer reviewed journals
Co-author proposals for continued funding
Assist with supervising and mentoring students and technicians
Aid in education and outreach activities that advance the broader impacts of the research
Ph.D. in plant ecophysiology, ecohydrology or related field
Demonstrated publishing record in peer reviewed journals
Ability to creatively problem solve and work independently in rural field locations
Demonstrated ability to work as part of a collaborative team and communicate effectively
Strong interest in advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in science
Ability to climb trees safely and effectively using both single and double rope techniques.
Proficiency in Spanish
Ability to program and analyze data in MATLAB, R, Python or similar.
Physical Requirements The ability to lift at least 40 pounds and walk comfortably in mountainous terrain is required. Ability and willingness to include tree climbing as part of the daily commute to the study sites is a necessity. On-the-job climbing training will be available.
Working Conditions Research requires frequently working outside in warm, humid outdoor environments as well as in a small field laboratory.
About us Franklin & Marshall College (F&M) is a competitive liberal arts college in the small and thriving city of Lancaster, PA. Faculty maintain active research programs that are externally funded and these programs are fueled with the enthusiasm and drive of high performing undergraduate research teams.
Application process Applications are due October 1, with an anticipated start in winter/spring 2022. Please send a full CV, cover letter of interest, desired start date, contact information for three references and 1-3 of your published papers to sgotsch @ fandm dot edu