PhD and Post-doc position in Nutrient Cycling at UTEP
The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP)is recruiting for a PhD student and a Postdoctoral Researcher to work on a recently funded National Science Foundation ‘Critical Zone Thematic Cluster’ grant to study carbon fluxes, ecohydrology, and nutrient availability in the carbonate-dominated soils of dryland ecosystems. The project has sites in Texas, New Mexico, and Idaho. The position is located in El Paso, Texas and will be focused on the field operations at the Texas and New Mexico sites, including the Jornada Experimental Range in New Mexico. More information about the overall project, as well as other available positions, can be found at https://drylandcz.org

1.    1. PhD Student – We are interested in a PhD student interested in the mechanisms affecting nutrient availability across dryland ecosystems. Qualified candidates should have a B.S. or M.S. in Ecology, Biology, Environmental Science or related field, and show a strong interest in plant ecology, ecosystem ecology or biogeochemistry. Ideal candidates will have some previous research experience in field ecology, a strong work ethic, be able to work independently and with a field crew, and availability to begin in summer or fall 2022. Funding will be provided through a combination of RAships and TAships. More information about my lab at UT El Paso is available at www.jenniemclaren.com. More information about the Department of Biological Sciences and its graduate programs can be found at http://science.utep.edu/biology/ and http://science.utep.edu/eeb/. Applications for graduate school are due Feb 1, but late applications will be considered for the right candidate. Interested students should send a c.v. and short statement of research interests to Jennie McLaren at [email protected] prior to applying.

2.      Post-Doctoral Researcher – The primary goals for this position will be linking nutrient (specifically phosphorus) availability and access to plant presence and identity in these carbonate rich dryland soils. We are specifically looking for a  candidate with experience in biogeochemical research/ecosystem ecology, with preference for a candidate with interest knowledge of dryland ecosystems. For this this interdisciplinary collaborative project, we are also looking for candidates with interest or experience in collaborative projects with other scientist and students. Up to three years of funding is available. We will begin to review applications on Feb 1st but the position is open until filled. The target start date for the position is Spring or Summer 2022, depending on the preferred candidates availability. For more information, please email Jennie McLaren ([email protected]) and copy Lixin Jin ([email protected]). To submit an application, please visit Post-Doctoral (10022751)and apply at the UTEP careers site. Applications will require one pdf file with a cover letter, statement of interest, CV, and contact information of at least three referees.

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