Postdoctoral Opportunities

Post-doctoral Research Fellowship in Ecosystem Ecology (posted March 24, 2016)

A post-doctoral Research Fellowship in Ecosystem Ecology is available at the University of New Mexico.  The successful applicant will contribute to the success of a project recently funded by NSF to explore how pinon pine mortality in the Southwest alters ecosystem water balance and the future trajectory of these woodlands.  The ideal candidate will have expertise in experimental field ecological research and must be comfortable working in a field setting for extended periods as part of a collaborative team with other researchers.

Required qualifications: Ph.D., at time of appointment, in Plant Physiological Ecology, Ecosystem Ecology, Earth System Science, Forest Hydrology, or a related field.  Excellent mathematical and spoken and written English language skills required.  Knowledge and understanding of plant physiological processes and soil moisture dynamics is preferred and experience with hydrologic partitioning in arid-land ecosystems is a plus.  Preferred qualifications: Experience measuring or modeling sap flux, soil water dynamics, and/or mechanistic modeling of plant physiological processes, especially in regard to plant and soil hydraulic function and site hydrology, and experience with: field or laboratory manipulations of plant- soil systems, modeling and large datasets, and fluency in an analysis environment such as R, Matlab, or Python. 

Inquiries and applications (cover letter, CV, and the names and contact information for a minimum of 3 references) should be directed to Dr. Marcy Litvak ( or Dr. William Pockman ( Applications will be considered until the position is filled.  Ability to start by June 2016 strongly preferred.

General inquiries: If you are interested in pursuing postdoctoral research in the areas of plant physiological ecology, plant water relations and climate change research, please feel free to contact me to identify areas of mutual research interest and avenues for obtaining support for your work.