Postdoctoral Research Associate - Buck Lab

University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602 Posting Number G/R10315P

Working Title: Postdoctoral Research Associate - Buck Lab Department VPR-Skidaway Inst Oceanography About the University of Georgia

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About the College/Unit/Department

The University of Georgia's Skidaway Institute of Oceanography (SkIO) is a multidisciplinary research institution located on a 700 acre campus on Skidaway Island. The Institute's primary goals are to further understanding of marine and environmental sciences, conduct leading edge research on marine and coastal systems, and train tomorrow's scientists. Our campus is also a host to Georgia Southern University's Applied Coastal Research Lab, NOAA Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary, The University of Georgia's Marine Education Center and Aquarium, and The Nature Conservancy.

Skidaway Institute of Oceanography is home to the R/V Savannah. The R/V Savannah is operated by the Institute and is a member of the University National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS) fleet.

Anticipated Start Date: 01/02/2021

Closing Date: Open Until Filled

Location of Vacancy: Savannah Area

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  • Perform deployment, upkeep, and monitoring of sampling equipment. Provide rapid response to rainstorm events to collect rainfall samples and perform sample processing and analysis by ion chromatography.
  • Perform data analysis as needed for the research project and prepare presentations.
  • Timely dissemination of project results in peer-reviewed publications and presentations,
  • Contribute to the functioning of the lab group, and, as needed, assistance with graduate and undergraduate student mentoring.

Position Details

Post-Doctoral Associate AD

Perform (NSF grant-funded) research on a collaborative project which seeks to characterize the impacts of epiphytes (the plants that live on other plants) on their surroundings during rain storms. The goals of this project are to assess/compare rainwater uptake, storage, evaporation, and drainage dynamics for three common epiphytes, evaluate ecohydrological traits that underlie epiphyte's water balance and determine their vulnerability to projected climate changes, quantify/compare epiphyte alterations to rainfall solute characteristics, and scale findings to estimate the relative stand- level influence of epiphytes on net rainwater/solute fluxes.

Relevant/Preferred Education, Experience

Ph.D. from an accredited college or university in Environmental Science or Chemistry, Hydrometeorology, Ecohydrology, Plant Biology, or a related field at the time of appointment.

Experience with chemical research in the natural environment is preferred. Expertise with ion chromatography for the analysis of dissolved compounds is preferred but training will be provided as necessary.

Independently motivated and enthusiastic about research.

Excellent command of the English language (written and verbal) and quantitative analytical skills are essential.

published: 28 October 2020     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.