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Post Doc in Stable Isotope Ecology (Fluxnet-Canada)

Larry Flanagan larry.flanagan at uleth.ca
Mon Sep 30 13:40:04 EST 2002

Postdoctoral Research Position in Stable Isotope Ecology
A postdoctoral position is available for a person with a PhD in 
Biology, Biogeochemistry, Ecology, Forest Science or related 
disciplines. The successful applicant will take part in field and lab 
work, data analysis, and report writing for studies of the influence 
of ecosystem photosynthesis and respiration on the stable isotope 
composition of atmospheric CO2. One objective of the project is to 
use stable isotope measurements to help understand environmental 
controls on ecosystem gas exchange. In addition, we are interested in 
using stable isotope techniques to help partition the contribution of 
component processes contributing to net ecosystem CO2 exchange 
measured using eddy covariance. Field work will be conducted at 
several study sites across Canada as part of the Fluxnet-Canada 
network (http://www.fluxnet canada.ca). A major objective of the 
Fluxnet-Canada network is to study the influence of climate and 
disturbance on carbon cycling in Canadian forest and peatland 

The duties of the post doc include (1) collection of atmospheric 
(flask), plant and soil samples for stable isotope analysis using a 
gas isotope ratio mass spectrometer with continuous flow interfaces; 
(2) analysis of stable isotope data in conjunction with ecosystem 
eddy flux and chamber flux data; and (3) publishing research findings 
in peer reviewed journals.

The position requires a demonstrated record in pursuing original 
creative research in the areas of stable isotope ecology and/or 
biosphere-atmosphere exchange; (2) experience working with stable 
isotope techniques and interpreting stable isotope data; (3) strong 
quantitative skills and working knowledge of computer programming 
languages such as MATLAB or equivalent; (5) strong communication 
skills; and (6) the physical ability and interest to conduct field 
work at several locations across Canada.

The successful candidate will work in collaboration with scientists 
at the University of Lethbridge (L.B. Flanagan Lab, Biological 
Sciences) and the University of Victoria (M.J. Whiticar Lab, Earth 
and Ocean Sciences). The candidate will have the opportunity to spend 
time resident in labs at both the University of Lethbridge and 
University of Victoria.

To apply, please send a cover letter describing your interest in the 
position with a copy of your CV and the names and contact information 
of two referees. The position is available for a minimum of 
two-years, starting with a one-year renewable appointment subject to 
satisfactory performance. Applications will be received until the 
position is filled.

For more information and to make an application please contact:

Dr. L.B. Flanagan
Department of Biological Sciences
University of Lethbridge
4401 University Drive
Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada
T1K 3M4

Telephone:	(403) 380-1858
FAX:		(403) 329-2082
e-mail:		larry.flanagan at uleth.ca
Web Page:	http://home.uleth.ca/bio/faculty/flan.html
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