Cornell University, CALS Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Position ID:Cornell-CALS Ecology and Evolutionary Biology-POSTDOCHOLGERSON [#21521, WDR-00030599]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Associate
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map]
Subject Area: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Appl Deadline:2022/07/07 11:59PMhelp popup (posted 2022/03/28, listed until 2022/08/11)
Position Description:    

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Postdoctoral Associate 
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports students, faculty, and staff of all identities and backgrounds. We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented and/or marginalized identities to apply. 

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) is a pioneer of purpose-driven science and home to Cornell University’s second largest population of students, faculty and staff. We work across disciplines to tackle the challenges of our time through world-renowned research, education and outreach. The questions we probe and the answers we seek focus on three overlapping concerns: natural and human systems; food, energy and environmental resources; and social, physical and economic well-being. CALS is fundamentally invested in improving the lives of people, their environments and their communities both in New York state and around the world. 

The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology is a dynamic and friendly place, populated by students, faculty and expert staff who work together to understand the patterns and processes that structure ecological systems, and drive evolutionary change over all time scales.
This postdoctoral associate will support a New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) grant to examine carbon cycling in ponds and wetlands through field studies, experiments, and data synthesis. Specifically, the postdoctoral associate will examine greenhouse gas emissions and carbon burial across 1) wetlands in New York State, and 2) human-made ponds in agricultural and residential landscapes. The position entails partnership with the NYS DEC Office of Climate Change (the funding agency) and state-wide field work will be coordinated with the New York Natural Heritage Program. This is a one-year position, renewable for up to two additional years depending on performance. 

The primary responsibilities of this position include: 
1. Conducting field-base studies and experiments (~30%) Help to design and conduct field work to examine greenhouse gas emissions and carbon burial across diverse wetlands and human-made ponds. Study design will be done in partnership with the PI; field work will be done with support from a lab manager and undergraduates. 
2. Laboratory sample processing (~15%) Coordinate sample preparation for water chemistry, sediment, and greenhouse gas analysis with support from lab manager and undergraduates. 
3. Data synthesis and analysis (~25%) Work with PI and collaborators to develop and implement data synthesis and analysis related to the projects. 
4. Writing and presenting research results (~25%) Draft and submit reports to the funder and draft and submit manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed scientific journals; present results at professional meetings, conferences, and popular seminars. 
5. Student mentoring (~5%) Mentor undergraduate and graduate students in related research. This is a full-time (100% FTE) position and will be located in Ithaca, New York. 

This is a one-year appointment with possible extension depending on performance. 

Required Qualifications: 
• Ph.D. in biology, ecology, biogeochemistry, or related field 
• Experience studying aquatic greenhouse gas fluxes, including experience with relevant literature and research methods. • Ability and desire to work collaboratively, mentor graduate and undergraduate students, and to also work independently 
• Project leadership, time management, communication, and writing skills • Data analysis skills using R 
• Record of high-quality publications 

Preferred Qualifications: 
• Preference for applicants experienced with aquatic carbon burial estimates 

 Applicants should submit a cover letter detailing their relevant background and experiences, a CV, a statement of contribution to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and names and contact information for three professional references via Academic Jobs Online at the following link: The application deadline is June 2022 at 11:59pm, and review of applications will begin thereafter. If you have questions about this position, please email Meredith Holgerson (

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Further Info:
CALS Surge Facility
525 Tower Road
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853