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Postdoctoral Scholar, Geography

University of Nevada, Reno
Reno, NV
Closing date
Aug 6, 2022

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Science, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Geography
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The Geography Department in the University of Nevada, Reno's College of Science is seeking a postdoctoral scholar to work with Dr. Adam Csank on the collaborative project "Investigating tree rings as archives for atmospheric Hg concentrations using Hg, carbon isotopes, and comparisons to other proxies." The anticipated start date of the position is November 2022. The project is funded by the National Science Foundation's Geobiology and Low Temperature Geochemistry program (award 2152873). Co-PI's include Dr. Mae Gustin in the Natural Resources & Environmental Sciences Department at UNR, who will co-mentor the postdoctoral scholar; Dr. Peter Weisberg at UNR and Dr. Monica Arienzo at the Desert Research Institute.

The postdoctoral scholar will be focused on using dendrochronological techniques and geochemical analyses to develop long-term records of atmospheric mercury from tree rings. Methods will involve, measuring mercury (Hg) concentrations in tree rings in conjunction with stable carbon isotopes, and comparing tree-ring derived Hg records with records from other proxies. Some of the goals of the project are to understand how tree-ring Hg assimilation can be influenced by climate? How do records of deposition and concentration differ and whether spatial variability in Hg can be quantified using tree-rings. We are seeking candidates with a strong interest in interdisciplinary scholarship and a background in geochemistry or dendrochronology.

The position is for three years, with the second and third-year contingent on performance. Approximately 20% of the position's time can be dedicated toward the scholar's own research, ideally in an area related to the main project. The scholar will also have opportunities for formal and informal mentoring, including the required creation and submission of an Individual Development Plan (IDP) in collaboration with Drs. Csank and Gustin and the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs. Funding will be made available for the scholar to travel to conferences.

Required Qualifications
  • Ph.D in Environmental Science, Geography, Geosciences, Natural Resources, Ecology, Geochemistry, OR a related field by the start date of the position, and no more than five-years prior to the start of the position.
  • A strong interest in environmental issues, geochemistry, dendrochronology, or plant ecophysiology.
  • Demonstrated capacity to work independently and lead the development and publication of research results.
  • Experience in quantitative data analysis, as documented through course work or previous research.
  • Prior experience conducting field work.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Prior experience in geochemical or chemical laboratory analysis
  • Prior experience with dendrochronology
  • Programming experience or a desire to work in R and/or Python

Compensation Grade
Postdoctoral Scholar

To view the salary schedule for this position, please visit: Salary Schedules. Salary is competitive and commensurate with related education and experience.

Total Compensation

The total compensation package includes a competitive salary, a rich retirement plan, health insurance options that include dental and vision, life insurance, long-term disability, annual and sick leave, along with many other benefits. For more information, please visit: UNR Benefits

Faculty Dual Career Assistance Program

The University of Nevada, Reno recognizes the importance of addressing dual-career couples' professional needs. We offer a dual career assistance program to newly hired faculty spouses/partners that provides resources and assists them to identify career opportunities in Northern Nevada. Dual Career Assistance Program

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Contact Information: Beth Jacobsen at (see application details) or (see application details)

Full-Time Equivalent
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This posting is open until filled

Qualified individuals are encouraged to apply immediately. This search will close without notice when a sufficient number of applications are received or a hiring decision has been made.

The review of applications will begin immediately as they are received. To receive full and timely consideration, applications should be submitted prior to September 1, 2022.

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