Post Doctoral Research Position in Biogeochemistry of Tropical Forests

University of California, Berkeley


We are seeking a postdoctoral researcher to participate in a DOE-sponsored project on the controls of greenhouse gas emissions from humid tropical forest soils. The research will entail exploration of redox dynamics, carbon and nitrogen cycling, and greenhouse gas production and consumption. Experience with field and lab-based biogeochemistry, trace gas measurements, and automated field instrumentation is highly desirable. A Ph.D. in ecosystem ecology, biogeochemistry, soil science, or related fields is required. We are looking for scholars with strong skills in written and oral communication, and a willingness to collaborate. The goals of the research are to inform Earth system models and thus the candidate will collaborate closely with the modeling team led by Dr. Peter Thornton. The research will take place in the Luquillo Experimental Forest, Puerto Rico, the site of the on-going NSF-sponsored Long Term Ecological Research Program and Critical Zone Observatory. The position is for one year with the potential to renew. Interested candidates should submit a CV, letter of interest, and the names and contact information of three references to Dr. Whendee Silver at


Whendee L. Silver
Professor of Ecosystem Ecology and Biogeochemistry and
Rudy Grah Endowed Chair in Forestry and Sustainable Development, 
Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management
Mailing address:
130 Mulford Hall #3114
University of California
Berkeley CA, 94720

319 Hilgard Hall
phone 510-643-3074