Postdoctoral Opportunity: Watershed C&N Biogeochemistry (Michigan State University)

Postdoctoral Research Opportunity
Watershed Biogeochemistry Modeling
Michigan State University

We seek a postdoctoral associate to lead data analysis and modeling efforts for ongoing watershed biogeochemistry and hydrology projects in the Watershed Science and Hydroecology Lab at Michigan State University.  The postdoc will lead efforts to model and predict Carbon and Nitrogen solute flux patterns across watersheds using large extant data sets and novel high-frequency stream sensor systems.  The postdoc will ultimately apply their models to evaluate regional and global change impacts on aquatic ecosystems and water resources. The lab represents a rapidly growing multidisciplinary team examining the influence of changes in climate and land use on water resources and watershed nutrient and pathogen transport.  Michigan State University represents and large and vibrant community for water research. 

The position requires a Ph.D. by the state date of employment in ecosystems ecology, biogeochemistry, hydrology, environmental engineering, ecoinformatics, or a related field.  Preferred research skills and interests include demonstrated knowledge of watershed carbon and nitrogen biogeochemistry, geospatial analysis, machine learning, statistical modeling, and time series analysis.  Strong computer programming skills (especially MATLAB, Python, R and/or FORTRAN) are required.  A strong record of publications, GIS, and data-driven science is desired. We will begin reviewing the applications on 20 May 2016, and the search will remain open until a suitable candidate is found.  Start date is flexible in 2016, but preferable in summer 2016. Position is funded for up to 2 years.  For more information about our research group, please visit<> .

To apply, please send letter of application detailing research interests and experiences, curriculum vitae, and names of 3 references (with telephone numbers and email addresses) to

Please direct questions about the position to Dr. Jay Zarnetske (

Michigan State University is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  All qualified applications will receive considerations for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law and University Policy.  

Jay P. Zarnetske
Associate Professor
Department of Geological Sciences
308 Natural Science Building
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824 USA
(517) 353-3249