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Postdoctoral Research Associate in Plant-Soil Water Relations / Ecohydrology -

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Date: Mar 5, 2019

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37831

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 165 


A Postdoctoral Research Associate position is available in support of the Next Generation Ecosystem Experiments – Tropics ( Research Project, which is a Department of Energy (DOE) sponsored research project to assess tropical forest response to changing environmental conditions to advance model development and predictions of future climate feedbacks.

Major Duties / Responsibilities 

Your work will focus on assessing soil hydrology and plant water relations and their linkages to carbon uptake and forest function. The project will include installation and maintenance of various soil and plant ecophysiological equipment, data processing and manuscript writing. The postdoc will work closely with US and Brazilian scientists who are developing models of forest hydrology and forest carbon balance that will be included in future earth system models. The position will be based at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge Tennessee, with travel to Manaus, Brazil at the National Amazonian Research Institute’s (INPA) campus and field sites near Manaus in the Central Amazon Basin. Periodic research travel to other NGEE-T sites may also be required. The position will require extensive self-directed fieldwork in the Amazon Forest. Work will include driving on difficult, unimproved forest roads, hiking with an equipment pack multiple kilometers in hot, wet conditions, and periodic multi-day campaigns staying in remote field stations.


You will have earned a Ph.D. within the last five years, be successful in scientific publishing, have experience with datalogger programming and maintenance, and have comprehensive experience in plant physiological ecology, soil hydrology or ecohydrology. Intermediate or advanced English proficiency is required.  Ability to work as part of a team and be comfortable in a multi-disciplinary environment is critical. You will be a self-starter and have a proven record of research that resulted into high-quality peer-reviewed journal publications, and national and international presentations.

This position requires you to work in hot and wet conditions as well as in remote field stations.  You will also be required to hike multiple kilometers in hot and wet conditions any given day.  Qualified applicants must be able to physically work in those conditions.

Work will involve various physical requirements and as such a post offer, pre-hire physical will be required.

The appointment length will be up to 24 months with the possibility of an extension of up to 12 months. Initial appointments and extensions are subject to performance and availability of funding.

Additional Information:

Questions regarding the position can be directed to Jeff Warren,



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This position will remain open for a minimum of 5 days after which it will close when a qualified candidate is identified and/or hired.

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ORNL is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants, including individuals with disabilities and protected veterans, are encouraged to apply.  UT-Battelle is an E-Verify employer.

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