Assistant Scientist Position in Wetlands Ecology

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Assistant Scientist Position in Wetlands Ecology
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School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University-Bloomington Campus
Bloomington, Indiana, USA
April 1, 2014



Assistant Scientist Position in Wetlands Ecology

The School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) at Indiana University seeks to appoint an Assistant Scientist on the Bloomington campus.  This is a non-tenure track, full-time faculty position with up to a two-year commitment and primary obligations in the area of research of basic and applied wetland science.

The successful applicant will be based at IU Bloomington and assume primary responsibility for managing the daily operations of the Wetlands Laboratory. In the Wetlands Lab, the successful applicant will oversee instrument maintenance, lab safety and hygiene, and mentor BS and MS students. The successful applicant will also be responsible for managing the Seawater Additions Long Term Experiment (SALTEx), a large-scale saltwater intrusion manipulation in a tidal freshwater marsh in coastal Georgia. The experiment is part of the NSF-funded Georgia Coastal Ecosystems LTER (GCE LTER) based on Sapelo Island, Georgia. The position will require travel to coastal Georgia multiple times per year. The successful applicant will spend 2-3 months total per year at the field site working with GCE LTER researchers and staff. As the primary contact point for the SALTEx project, the successful applicant will organize and coordinate project operations, permitting, field sampling, information management, and project communications between IU, GCE LTER personnel, and multiple PIs/graduate students from institutions around the country. Opportunities also exist for professional development, including grant writing and teaching.

Experience in wetland biogeochemistry, including the collection and analyses of water, soils, vegetation and greenhouse gases (N2O, CH4, CO2) is required. Candidates with field and lab experience investigating the effects of saltwater intrusion on tidal freshwater wetlands are preferred. Additional expertise in biogeochemical methodology, microbial ecology, or other complementary field is desirable. Experience operating, maintaining, and repairing analytical instruments used in soil and water analysis, such as elemental analyzers, gas chromatographs, flow-flow injection analyzers, and total organic carbon analyzers is desirable.    Excellent organizational, writing, and speaking skills are needed for this position.  The minimum required degree and ideal candidate will have a Ph.D in wetlands ecology or similar discipline (e.g. ecology, soil science, environmental science) along with several years of post-doctoral research experience and a history of high quality publications. 

SPEA is a multidisciplinary, university-wide division of Indiana University and is organized as a professional school committed to excellence in research, teaching, and service and to addressing critical issues in environmental science and public affairs.  The graduate program consistently ranks among the best in the country.

Review of applications will begin April 1, 2014 and continue until the position is filled. Please submit a letter of application, current vita, supporting documentation of outstanding instructional abilities, complete contact information, and three letters of recommendation electronically to Inquiries or questions regarding this position can be sent to:

Dr. David Reingold
Executive Associate Dean for Bloomington
SPEA, Room 300
1315 E. Tenth Street
Indiana University
Bloomington, IN, 47405-1701

For more information see:   Indiana University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, Educator and Contractor, M/F/D and strongly committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications and nominations of women, persons of color, applicants with disabilities and members of other underrepresented groups.