Postdoctoral Fellow in Soil Carbon Biogeochemistry - Open Pool
Fort Collins, CO
Job posting number: #7117463
Posted: December 7, 2022
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled
Job DescriptionDescription of Work Unit
Founded in 1870, Colorado State University is among the nation’s leading research universities and enrolls approximately 32,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. Located an hour north of the Denver metro area, Fort Collins is a vibrant community of approximately 157,000 residents that offers the convenience of a small town with all the amenities of a large city. Fort Collins is situated on the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains with views of 14,000 foot peaks, and offers access to numerous cultural, recreational, and outdoor opportunities.
The NREL is a research and teaching unit at Colorado State University with a mission “to ensure the sustainability of the Earth’s ecosystems through the generation and application of new knowledge.” The department’s interdisciplinary, ecosystem research promotes collaborations among disciplines and across fields of expertise at CSU and throughout the world. As a soft-money research unit, this role is critical to ensure adequate funding to sustain its vital role in the research community both locally and across the globe.
The Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory seeks a postdoctoral researcher in the field of soil carbon biogeochemistry to work as part of a larger team on several related projects intended to better understand soil carbon storage using biologically-adjacent compounds, such as decomposition-resistant l-sugars. This research theme, supported by grants from the Keck Foundation and the Grantham Foundation, engages several units across campus, including the NREL, the Ecosystem Science and Sustainability department, the Materials and Molecular Analysis Center (part of the CSU Analytical Resources Core), the department of Chemistry, the WM Keck Metabolism Collective and others.
The primary goal of this position is to advance our understanding of the persistence of rare sugars and other biological compounds in soil. To that end, the researcher will (1) develop and carry out experiments to test persistence of biological compounds, (2) develop and test methodologies for crediting CO2 offsets in collaboration with e.g., Verra, (3) develop and carry out experiments to assess capacity of organisms to transform biologically-adjacent compounds, such as rare sugars, and (4) express conclusions from the above in numerical models.
This is an open pool posting and applicants will be reviewed as positions become available. This position is initially for two years with the potential for renewal based on performance.
Required Job Qualifications
Candidates should have completed PhD degree in Soil Science, Ecology, Ecosystem Science, Biogeochemistry, or other closely related field at time of application.
Previous experience working with soil organic matter cycling and stabilization
Experience studying persistence/decomposition of organic compounds
Sound understanding of soil carbon biogeochemistry
Demonstrated potential for independent thought, experimental design, and research.
Expressed interest in synthesizing data and ideas in the form of numerical models
Familiarity with C offset methodologies
Preferred Job Qualifications
Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.
Special Instructions to Applicants
Please submit a cover letter outlining your specific area(s) of expertise, curriculum vitae or resume, and the names and contact information of three professional references. References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.
The pool is valid through 11/30/2023. Individuals wishing to be considered beyond this date must reapply.
Conditions of Employment Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires)
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