Utah State University

  • Postdoctoral Fellow II in Marine Carbon Cycling

    City Logan Campus
    Posted Date 3 months ago(11/6/2019 4:16 PM)
    Requisition ID
    # of Openings
    Job Locations
    Category (Portal Searching)
    Research (non-Faculty)
    Position Type
    Regular Full-Time
    Job Classification
    Quinney College of Natural Resourcs
    Watershed Sciences
    Advertised Salary
    Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits
  • Overview

    The Aquatic Ecology and Global Change lab at Utah State University seeks applications for a postdoctoral fellow to work on research related to anthropogenic effects on marine carbon cycling and ocean conservation prioritization. We are looking for a talented scientist with strong coding and analytical skills, experience analyzing large geospatial data sets, proficiency in GIS, Matlab, R and/or Python, and research experience in one or more of the following areas: ecological modeling, ocean biogeochemistry, earth systems modeling, geospatial statistics, or blue carbon. Experience with bioeconomic models or spatial prioritization software are also desirable, but not required.    


    The successful applicant will be based in Trisha Atwood's research group (https://trishaatwood.weebly.com/) in the Department of Watershed Sciences at Utah State University. The work will be a continuation of existing projects conducted in partnership with UC Santa Barbara's Sustainable Fisheries Group (http://sfg.msi.ucsb.edu/), National Geographic Pristine Seas Program (https://www.nationalgeographic.org/projects/pristine-seas/), and Patrick Belmont’s Geomorphology lab at Utah State University (https://qcnr.usu.edu/labs/belmont_lab/). The postdoctoral scholar’s activities may include, but are not limited to 1) spatial modeling and quantification of marine sedimentary carbon stocks, 2) quantifying the dynamics and carbon implications of anthropogenic activities (e.g., trawling, habitat loss) that affect marine sediments and vegetated coastal ecosystems, 3) exploring pathways for monetizing marine sediment carbon stocks to finance marine protected areas and to avoid carbon emissions.


    At the time of application, the candidate should possess a PhD in biogeochemistry, ocean and atmospheric science, marine science, geostatistics, soil science, or a related discipline. 


    Preference will be given to applicants with significant experience in modeling, strong coding, communication and writing skills, and teaching/advising experience.   


    Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2019 and continue until the position is filled. The appointment will preferably begin on or before March 1, 2020, with an initial commitment of one year, but could be extended for multiple years contingent upon performance and the availability of funding. A competitive salary and full benefits package will be offered.  


    Required Documents

    Along with the online application, please attach:

    1. Resume/CV to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Resume/CV”

    2. Three professional references and their contact information to be entered at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile

    3. Cover letter to be typed/pasted at the end of your application


    **Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

    Advertised Salary

    Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits


    Employees work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes.  The employee is regularly required to sit and often uses repetitive hand motions.

    University Highlights

    Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is honored to be Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is a Carnegie RU/H (Research University/High Research Activity) institution with approximately 28,000 students (25,000 undergraduates and 3,000 graduate students) on the Logan main campus, four regional campuses, two USU Eastern campuses, and 28 centers throughout the state. USU offers 162 undergraduate majors, 153 graduate programs, and a variety of innovative stackable associate and certificate credentials. The 2018 rankings from Washington Monthly ranked USU as one of the top 30 national Universities and the 5th best public national university in the nation. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU is proud to provide a high-quality education at an affordable price. Additional information about Utah State University can be found at: https://www.usu.edu/about/at-a-glance/.


    A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and people in economic development, improvements to quality of life, and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge, the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant tradition of partnering with communities to address critical societal issues in the interest of the public good.


    The USU main campus is located in beautiful Logan, Utah; a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region. Additional information about Logan can be found at: http://www.loganutah.org/visitors/about_logan/index.php.


    USU recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the university’s academic mission of learning, discovery, and engagement (https://www.usu.edu/president/missionstatement/). USU is an AA/EO employer and does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation or gender identity/expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy or local, state, or federal law. Learn more at https://equity.usu.edu/. USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a Dual Career Assistance program. Additional information can be found at: http://www.usu.edu/provost/faculty-life/dual-career-assistance.cfm.



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