We’re seeking a postdoc to join our research team in investigating how and why invasive species impacts (on decomposition and nutrient cycling) differ across the landscape. Specifically, we’re investigating the extent to which the biogeochemical impacts of a common forest understory invader – /Microstegium vimineum/– are affected by invader abundance and a forest’s nutrient economy (the dominant forms of nutrients in circulation). The primary work of the postdoc will be to set up a large-scale mesocosm experiment to characterize /M. vimineum /impacts across a gradient of nutrient economies, and to use these data to parameterize a stoichiometrically-constrained microbial (decomposition) model. Additional tasks will include working in /M. vimineum/ density-manipulation experiments in Indiana, Georgia and North Carolina forests.

The postdoc will be based in the ecosystem ecology lab of Dr. Richard Phillips at Indiana University, and will work collaboratively with the labs of Dr. Justin Wright at Duke University (wrightlab.weebly.com/) and Dr. Luke Flory at the University of Florida (florylab.com). The majority of the fieldwork will be conducted at the Indiana sites, though occasional travel to the Georgia and North Carolina sites is expected.

*Qualifications:*  A recent Ph.D. in ecology, environmental science, or biogeochemistry – completed before the start-date.  Demonstrated expertise in microbial ecology, ecosystem modeling, and/or biogeochemical analyses is required. Knowledge of the processes that regulate interactions invasive and native plant species, and between the carbon and nitrogen cycles would be helpful.Successful applicants will demonstrate the ability to work independently, and to mentor undergraduate and graduate research assistants.

*Salary:* $40,000 to $46,000 (commensurate with experience). 12-month academic appointment with full benefits (see:http://www.indiana.edu/~uhrs/benefits/neweeo/prof-index.html <http://www.indiana.edu/%7Euhrs/benefits/neweeo/prof-index.html> for details).

*Start date:*We are looking to fill this position as soon as possible – no later than May 1, 2015. The appointment is initially for a one-year period, renewable for an additional year based on satisfactory performance.

*To apply: *Please submit 1) a brief cover letter describing your research/educational background, why you’re interested in the position, and the date you are available to start and 2) a CV that includes the names and contact info (including email addresses) of three references via the following link: http://indiana.peopleadmin.com/postings/1415. For full consideration, all materials must be submitted byMarch 13, 2015. For additional questions about the position, feel free to email Dr. Richard P. Phillips (rpp6@indiana.edu<mailto:rpp6@indiana.edu>).

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