NSF funded Postdoctoral position in Alaska: Ecosystem & landscape-scale water vapor isotope studies in the tundra

Postdoctoral Fellow: NSF funded-Ecohydrologist/Ecosystem Ecologist.

The Environment and Natural Resources Institute (ENRI), University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) is seeking an Ecohydrologist/Ecosystem Ecologist for a 2-year postdoctoral fellow position with field studies at Toolik Lake, Alaska. The research is an Office of Polar Programs Arctic Observing Network EAGER project pending anticipated funding. The study will quantify ecosystem and landscape-scale ecohydrology with a focus on using water vapor isotopes as tools to understand biosphere-atmosphere interactions and as a basis to estimate the magnitudes and patterns of evaporation and transpiration. The project will focus on measuring and monitoring ecosystem water vapor isotope characteristics using a Picarro water vapor isotope unit on a micrometerological tower in concert with periodic aircraft campaigns that will simultaneously be measuring water vapor isotope traits at the landscape-scale. The incumbent will operate and maintain a Picarro 2120i water vapor isotope unit from mid-May to mid-September 2012 at Toolik Lake. He/she will be responsible for the daily operation and will be comparing and contrasting the isotopic values (and estimated fluxes) to those periodically measured by a research aircraft with over flights in June, July and August. The individual will be stationed at the Toolik Lake Field Station during the summer and at UAA in winter. He/she will become a member of a research team involving colleagues from UAA (Welker) and UAF (Drs. Jessie Cable and Jessica Cherry). A Ph.D. or previous postdoctoral research experience in hydrology, micrometerology, ecosystem ecology, biogeochemistry, physiological plant ecology is preferred as is prior use of Picarro liquid or water vapor isotope units. The appointment is expected to begin March 2012. Screening of applicants will begin 10 December 2011 and continue until filled. To be considered please apply to the CAS/Environment and Natural Resources Institute Postdoctoral pool posting #0062261 at http://www.uakjobs.com/. If you have questions, you may contact Jeff Welker at afjmw1@uaa.alaska.edu. J Welker, J Cable and J Cherry will be at AGU and will be available to talk with perspective candidates.

Anchorage is the most spectacular city in Alaska, nestled against the Chugach Mountain Range that rises to over 6,000 feet along Cook Inlet, adjoining the Gulf of Alaska. Anchorage is the environmental research center of Alaska with academic (University of Alaska Anchorage, Alaska Pacific University), Federal (US Geological Survey& Climate Center, US Fish and Wildlife Service,& National Park Service), state (Department of Environmental Conservation& Department of Natural Resources), and Conservation (Wilderness Society, The Nature Conservancy,& the Audubon Society) research, outreach and education programs with local to global reach.

Anchorage is the epi-center of the finest outdoor adventures in the US. This includes deep powder skiing at Alyeska (30 min from town-home of the Extreme Skiing Championships) and thousands of acres of backcountry skiing, in addition to championship skate and x-country skiing trails throughout the city, 50 miles that are lit all winter. Anchorage is a mere 60 minutes from Prince William Sound and the picturesque scenery of dozens of glaciers calving into the ocean, Orca’s and sea birds and is within 1 hr of world-famous salmon fishing on the Kenai Peninsula.

ENRI (Environment and Natural Resources Institute- http://www.uaa.alaska.edu/enri) is the premier natural sciences research institute at the University of Alaska Anchorage with over 20 Faculty and Research Scientists who oversee>$20 million in NSF, DOE, NIH, NASA funded research in Alaska, Greenland, the US and Antarctica. ENRI researcher’s supports 8 postdoctoral scientists (several that are NSF OPP Postdoctoral Fellows), 60 graduate students (MS and PhD) and over 50 undergraduates. ENRI’s office and research space is housed in the new Conoco Phillips Integrated Science Building and the Ecosystem Laboratory Building. The institute houses the Stable Isotope Laboratory (http://www.uaa.alaska.edu/enri/labs/sils/index.cfm) and a geochemical, organic and in organic chemistry laboratory (http://www.uaa.alaska.edu/enri/labs/aset_lab/index.cfm-ASET)