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Postdoctoral Appointee – Soil Organic Matter Dynamics
Requisition Number: 409195 Location: Lemont, IL
Functional Area: Research and Development Division: EVS-Environmental Science
Employment Category: Temporary 6 Months or Greater Education Required: Not Indicated
Level (Grade): 700 Shift: 8:30 - 5:00
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The Environmental Science Division at Argonne National Laboratory seeks a postdoctoral researcher to join a project that is aimed at improving model representations of the response of soil organic matter to changing environmental conditions in the permafrost region. 

In this role you will:

  • Design, conduct, and analyze manipulative laboratory studies to investigate the effects of key biophysical controllers on the decomposition dynamics of organic matter in permafrost-affected soils.
  • Team with soil scientists, biogeochemists, and computational scientists to analyze and use the generated experimental response data to constrain/improve model representations of permafrost-region soil organic matter dynamics.
  • Coordinate data analysis and archiving activities, present results at scientific meetings, and prepare manuscripts for peer-reviewed publication.
  • Model Argonne’s core values of impact, safety, respect, integrity, and teamwork.

Required skills:

  • Knowledge of soils, including physicochemical and biotic factors affecting soil organic matter dynamics.
  • Experience and/or interest in changing cold-region environments and designing innovative laboratory manipulative studies to simulate the effects of these changes on microbial decomposition of soil organic matter.
  • Experience with relevant instrumentation and methodologies, such as incubation chambers; CO2, O2, and/or CH4 sensors; elemental analyzers; and spectrometers.
  • Experience working with large datasets and strong data analysis skills, including the application of multivariate statistical modeling and/or machine learning techniques.
  • Strong writing and oral communication skills.
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to coordinate the activities of technical support personnel and undergraduate interns.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and in a team environment.
  • A recent Ph.D. in terrestrial biogeochemistry, soil science, ecosystem science, ecology, ecohydrology, or a related field.

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