Posdoctoral Research in Relating Plant Hydraulics to Ecosystem Carbon Accumulation

The Medvigy lab, in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Notre Dame, is seeking an ecophysiologist or wood anatomist with interest in plant hydraulics and numerical modeling. The fellow will work both independently and as part of a collaborative team to study how changes in climate, and especially precipitation, impact plant hydraulics, plant biomass production, and ultimately ecosystem carbon balances. This is primarily a modeling position, but a measurement component may be possible depending on the candidate. A range of available projects includes:

  1. Modeling and analysis of coupled water-carbon dynamics in plant stems
  2. Modeling and analysis of the phenology of wood formation; and (3) Developing and testing models of carbon allocation to better understand how ecosystem carbon storage will respond to changing climate regimes.

To align with these projects, the candidate should have a strong working knowledge of mechanisms related to tree stem growth and/or plant hydraulics, and how these mechanisms depend on the physical environment. Expertise in the numerical modeling of ecosystems and/or organisms is preferred, but outstanding candidates with an experimental background will also be considered.

The position is designed to ensure a strong training trajectory for a biologist aspiring to an independent research career. This includes a rich opportunity to interface with other quantitative/computational/environmental biologists in the department and across campus, including the Environmental Change Initiative, along with collaborators at other institutions. Salary will be at standard levels per NIH and institutional guidelines.

Submit a current C.V. and names of 3 references to Dr. David Medvigy, Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Notre Dame, IN 46556-0369, dmedvigy@nd.edu.

The University of Notre Dame is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and minority candidates are encouraged to apply.