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Postdoctoral Fellow II - EC Trawling Impacts on Marine Carbon

Utah State University
North Logan, Utah, US
Closing date
Feb 7, 2023

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Informatics / GIS
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The Aquatic Ecology and Global Change Lab, led by Dr. Trisha Atwood, ( at Utah State University is recruiting a postdoctoral fellow to develop uncertainty and sensitivity analyses on the impact of trawling on seabed carbon. This position will be based at Utah State University (Logan, Utah, USA). However, for the right candidate, we will consider remote work with some travel to Utah State University. Candidates applying to work remotely must be eligible to work in the USA. A review of applications will begin in September 2022 and continue until the position is filled. The appointment start date is negotiable, but will start no later than Jan 4, 2023. The initial commitment is expected to be 1.5 years with the potential for an additional term contingent upon performance and the availability of funding. Starting salary is $60k, with a full benefits package.

A study by Sala et al. 2021 suggested that benthic trawling has the potential to contribute to the loss of ancient carbon stored in marine sediments, potentially exacerbating climate change. Sala et al.'s findings have the potential to significantly influence fisheries management and the development of new marine protected areas.The postdoctoral fellow will design and lead research that quantifies uncertainty and variation in parameters of Sala et al.'s model and examine their impacts on estimates of trawling-induced CO2 emissions. The postdoc will relate these results to scientists and policymakers through published manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals, whitepapers/policy papers, and presentations to mixed audiences. The successful applicant will work closely on uncertainty analyses with the Null Lab ( at Utah State University, The Devries lab at the University of California, Santa Barbara (, and Dr. Anastasia Romanou at NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies ( This project will also provide opportunities for the postdoctoral fellow to collaborate with international scientists, policymakers, and NGOs and may include travel within the USA and abroad.

The candidate must hold a PhD in ecology, environmental science, computer science, geospatial studies, environmental engineering, or a closely related disciplineDemonstrated expertise in geospatial analysis using ArcGIS, QGIS, R, or similar software.Extensive experience scripting in R, MatLab, and/or PythonExperience developing, managing, manipulating, and processing large datasetsProven ability to write for and present to science and lay audiences in EnglishExcellent communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to work independently or collaborativelyExcellent time management skills and the proven ability to meet project deadlinesA background in carbon cycling or biogeochemistry is ideal, but not required

Required Documents:
Along with the online application, please attach:A CV or Resume to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under "Resume/CV"A list of three professional references and their contact informationA Cover letter that explains how your research and experience align with the skills and research activities listed above to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under "Documents 1-10"For any questions, contact Trisha Atwood: **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.

College/Department Highlights:
About Utah State UniversityUtah State University is a highly selective, public, land-grant university and is classified as a Carnegie R1 Research University. The main campus is located in Logan, a community of 100,000 people. Logan is 85 miles north of Salt Lake City in scenic Cache Valley, a semi-rural mountain basin with nearby ski resorts, lakes, rivers, and mountains providing many recreational opportunities. The area has a low cost of living and provides a high quality of life. For more information on Logan see

University Highlights:
Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is Utah's land-grant and space-grant university. USU is one of only 146 research institutions in the U.S. classified as R1 "very high research activity" by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU provides a high-quality education at an affordable price. With its main campus in Logan, the university serves approximately 27,500 students, including 24,255 undergraduates and 3,171 graduate students. USU Online has served students from all 50 states and 55 countries for 25 years. USU's statewide system features three residential campuses, 30 total campus locations, and 23 Extension education centers. The university employs 903 full-time faculty members, 124 executive administrators, and 1,649 full-time support staff. USU offers 115 undergraduate majors, as well as 91 master's and 42 doctoral degrees. Learn more about USU. 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. USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a Dual Career Assistance program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment. USU endeavors to provide reasonable accommodations to ensure equal access in all aspects of employment to qualified persons with disabilities. To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability, please contact the university's ADA Coordinator in the Human Resource office at 435-797-0122 or submit a request at USU Land AcknowledgmentPlease visit our website to learn about Utah State's land acknowledgment of the eight tribes of Utah. Notice of Non-discriminationIn its programs and activities, including in admissions and employment, Utah State University does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state, or local law.The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or USU's non-discrimination policies: Executive Director of the Office of Equity Matthew Pinner,, Distance Education Rm. 401, 435-797-1266Title IX Coordinator Matthew Pinner,, Distance Education Rm. 404, 435-797-1266Mailing address: 5100 Old Main Hill, Logan, Ut 84322For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visit, or contact:U.S. Department of Education, Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 800-421-3481, OCR@ed.govU.S. Department of Education, Denver Regional Office, 303-844-5695, *updated 11/2022

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