Impacts of Nitrogen Deposition position at the University of Colorado

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We seek candidates for a Research Associate ("postdoctoral researcher") position assessing impacts of nitrogen deposition on terrestrial ecosystems and plant diversity across large spatial gradients. The position is associated with a synthesis effort funded by the EPA and USGS Powell Center, and will be based at the University of Colorado. The position will run for 2 years, with the possibility of a 3rd year

Successful candidates must have a PhD, expertise in vegetation dynamics, including physical and biotic environmental influences on community composition, and an understanding of how nitrogen deposition affects plant diversity and soil biogeochemistry. Skills required for the position include:

  • Ability to compile data from various sources on spatial gradients of plant diversity, nitrogen deposition, and soil and plant response metrics, and organize them with data management programs such as Access, Python, or similar programs
  • Use of quantitative analysis using multivariate statistics to tease out environmental influences (climate, soils, disturbance, N deposition) on variation in plant diversity
  • Vegetation sampling of herbaceous species (species identification, richness, abundance)
  • Knowledge of plant (C:N) and soil (C:N, DIN, cations) chemical analyses
  • Ability to organize and supervise field crews
  • Spatial modeling techniques (GIS) and spatial statistics, as well as application to vegetation distribution and atmospheric deposition
  • Ability to write manuscripts for peer-reviewed journal publication

To apply for the position, please upload the following required documents (

  1. A cover letter addressing how your work to-date matches the expertise and skills listed above
  2. Your current CV
  3. List of references: Letter of recommendation #1
  4. Document 1: letter of recommendation #2
  5. Document 2: letter of recommendation #3

The University of Colorado is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to building a diverse workforce. We encourage applications from women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans. Alternative formats of this ad can be provided upon request for individuals with disabilities by contacting the ADA Coordinator

The University of Colorado Boulder conducts background checks on all final applicants being considered for employment.

Applicants must complete the Faculty/Exempt Professional and EEO Data (application) form.

NOTE: the successful applicant will be notified when he/she must submit an official proof of highest degree earned.

Applications should be submitted by September 21st. For additional information please contact Bill Bowman (, Chris Clark (, or Edie Allen (

William D. Bowman
Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Director, Mountain Research Station, INSTAAR
Editor, Arctic, Antarctic and Alpine Research
University of Colorado
Boulder, CO 80301, USA

Expiration Date: 
Fri, 2012-09-21

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