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The Hawkesbury Institute has quickly grown to over fifty researchers and staff and over sixty students, a phenomenal growth rate that reflects our goals of attracting the best researchers in fields of plant and soil physiology, ecosystems and ecophysiology, animal and insect research and related disciplines.

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Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Soil Biogeochemistry

The Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment has an outstanding opportunity for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Soil Biogeochemistry to study responses of soil respiration fluxes to temperature across a productivity gradient of eucalypt ecosystems in southeast Australia.

The postdoc will conduct original experimental research on heterotrophic and autotrophic respiration components in the field and laboratory, and synthesize new and existing respiration data into a modelling framework that incorporates new understanding of thermal acclimation and substrate limitation. While based at Western Sydney University, s/he will collaborate with other project members at University of Melbourne, CSIRO, and University of Maryland.

The successful applicant will have demonstrated research experience in soil biogeochemistry and/or ecosystem ecology, with a focus on flux ecology, rhizosphere ecology, stable isotope techniques, and/or modelling. Knowledge of techniques related to biogeochemistry of soil processes is desirable.

The appointee will participate in an Australian Research Council Discovery Project related to the Australian Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN), and will be supervised by Professor Elise Pendall.

Willingness to travel to remote forest sites for measurement campaigns, and a valid driving license, are required.

Apply By 26 March 2017 (opens in a new window)

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