Postdoctoral Research Opportunity

Compound specific stable isotopes of leaf waxes
University of Notre Dame

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences at the University of Notre Dame ( seeks a highly motivated postdoctoral research associate in the field of biogeochemistry to examine compound specific isotopes from sedimentary leaf waxes. Research targets a better understanding of vegetation response to environmental change and will assess the spatial variability and fidelity of the hydrologic and vegetation information recorded in leaf wax lipid δD and δ13C values. Results will integrate with survey and ancient DNA data and be placed in a statistical framework to address prairie/forest dynamics and the impact of land use changes. This position is in collaboration with the Department of Biological Sciences ( and Environmental Change Initiative ( at the University of Notre Dame.

The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in biogeochemistry, organic geochemistry, paleoclimatology or related disciplines. Hands-on experience with GC-IRMS and organic geochemical laboratory techniques is required. We seek a candidate who will work well in a collaborative environment and who will interact with other scientists and students. Excellent verbal and written communication skills are required. This is a two year (initial year with renewal upon satisfactory performance), full time position with benefits starting as early as February 2014 (or as close to this date as possible). Applicants should indicate in their letter of interest when they could join our research program if offered a position.

Please send a cover letter outlining research interests, CV, and names and contact information of three references in a single PDF file to: The priority deadline for applications is November 15th, 2013, but the position will remain open until filled. Please direct all questions about the position to Dr. Melissa Berke at the above email address.

The University of Notre Dame is committed to diversity ( in its staff, faculty, and student body. As such, we strongly encourage applications from members of minority groups, women, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and others who will enhance our community. The University of Notre Dame is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.