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Postdoctoral Scholar

Texas State University
San Marcos, Texas, US
Closing date
May 23, 2022

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Academic / Research
Conservation science
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Employment Type
Full time
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Posting Information

Position TitlePostdoctoral Scholar

Job Posting Number202225NTL

Job LocationSan Marcos

CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering


Position Description

TheDepartment of Biolog ( y at Texas State University is seeking a postdoctoral researcher to be supervised by Dr. Jason Martina and contribute to a large-scale collaborative project. This NASA -funded research project will evaluate the interactions between the Great Lakes (of the Upper Midwest, USA ) and coastal areas, and how upland hydro-ecological processes influence coastal ecology and near-shore water quality. This research is being conducted in collaboration with co-PIs at Michigan Tech Research Institute, Michigan State University ( MSU ), University of Michigan, University of Texas Dallas and the University of Northern Iowa.

This research will involve working with the Mondrian model, a process-based computer model of wetland community and ecosystem processes with an emphasis on both biogeochemistry and plant competition. The candidate will apply the model to study how global change drivers, such as plant invasions, nutrient loading, and water level fluctuations influence the ability of coastal wetlands to buffer nutrient changes in near-shore Lake Huron. This project will also involve enhancing existing coupling between Mondrian and a large-scale watershed hydrogeochemical model to better simulate time-varying lake water levels, wetland vegetation, and nutrient delivery to coastal wetland systems.

In addition, this NASA -funded project aims to train and engage underrepresented undergraduates in interdisciplinary science by fostering their exposure to STEM careers through direct experiences with experts in remote sensing and computational modeling. A proportion of the postdocs responsibility will be to facilitate the development and execution of an undergraduate training program.

The candidate will be expected to function well as part of a research team, including working with co-PI faculty at other collaborating universities. The candidate will be expected to present research results at national conferences and to lead the development of collaborative manuscripts for publication in peer reviewed journals. She/he will have some flexibility to develop original research questions and topics in areas related to the research funding. Salary is competitive and includes a standard benefits package. This is a one-year position with extension to two years with satisfactory job performance.

Required Qualifications

The successful candidate should have a PhD in ecosystem ecology, plant community ecology, wetland ecology, physiological ecology, biogeochemistry, ecosystem or ecological modeling, or a closely related field and should have strong data management skills and some prior experience with modeling ecological plant communities or ecosystems.

Preferred Qualifications

The ability to write or debug computer code is desired, as is an understanding of clonal plants and wetland C, N, and P biogeochemistry.

Application Procedures

Only applications submitted through the Texas State University website will be accepted and considered,

To ensure full consideration, please submit the following materials by February 28, 2022:
  • Cover letter describing your research interests and qualifications for the position;
  • Curriculum vitae;
  • Unofficial transcripts; and
  • A copy of one publication.

The selected candidate will be required to provide official doctoral transcripts.

Type of PositionFull-Time

Proposed Start DateMay 1, 2022

Posting Date01/21/2022

Evaluation of Applications Begins

Full Consideration Date02/28/2022

Close Date

Open Until Filled?Yes

EEO/AA Statement

Texas State University is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, committed to inclusive thought and action in support of our diverse community. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups and all those who share our commitment to inclusivity and passion for the strength of our diversity are strongly encouraged to apply.

Reasonable Accommodation

If you experience accessibility issues or require alternative formatting during the application process due to a disability or underlying condition, we request that you contact Faculty and Academic Resources for assistance A representative from Faculty and Academic Resources will respond to you as soon as is possible.

Record Checks and Verifications

Employment with Texas State University is contingent upon the outcome of record checks and verifications including criminal history, driving records, education records, employment verifications, reference checks, and employment eligibility verifications.

Eligibility for Employment

Proper documentation of identity and eligibility for employment will be required before the hiring process can be completed.

Tobacco-Free Campus

Texas State University is a tobacco-free campus. Smoking and the use of any tobacco product will not be allowed anywhere on Texas State property or in university owned or leased vehicles.

Why Work at Texas State?

Texas State University is home to more than 38,000 students and 2,000 faculty members in the growing Austin-San Antonio corridor. A member of the Doctoral Universities: Higher Research Activity Carnegie classification, the university creates new knowledge, fosters cultural and economic development, and prepares its growing population of diverse students for the endless possibilities that await them as citizens of Texas, the nation, and the world.

Bolstered by research with relevance and innovation in creative and scholarly work in a full range of academic disciplines and a spirit of inclusiveness, Texas State seeks outstanding candidates for a variety of faculty positions.

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