Postdoctoral Scientist Opportunity

We seek a postdoctoral scientist to join an NSF-funded team conducting a synthesis of land-atmosphere carbon exchange in seasonally snow-covered forests from around the world. The postdoc will investigate the unique influence of the snowpack on carbon cycling of world forests, leveraging nearly 600 site years of carbon cycle data in over 60 forests from the worldwide FLUXNET, AmeriFlux, and Fluxnet-Canada flux tower networks.

The position requires 1) a Ph.D. degree in a field of environmental earth science (ecology, geophysics, hydrology, etc.), 2) strong quantitative ability, 3) demonstrated computer programming skills (e.g., MATLAB, R, Python), 4) familiarity with the eddy covariance method and use of flux tower data, and (5) excellent oral and written communication; and (6) ability to work in an integrated team environment. The postdoc will have the opportunity to participate with a cohort of environmental science postdocs in a formal Postdoctoral Mentoring Program run by the Global Change and Sustainability Center (

The position is based at the University of Utah ( in Salt Lake City, and will involve close collaboration with colleagues at the University of Innsbruck, Austria. The University of Utah is ranked among the top research institutions in the nation by the U.S. National Science Foundation and is home to more than 32,000 students and 18,000 employees. Salt Lake City is a sunny Western city with outstanding cultural and outdoor recreational opportunities, including “the greatest snow on Earth!” The University of Utah is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and educator. Minorities, women, and those with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

An application should include a Curriculum Vita, Statement of Research Background and Interests, and names and contact information for three individuals who can provide professional letters of support. Applications should be submitted via email to Dave Bowling, and will be reviewed beginning Oct 15 2019. Positions will remain open until filled. Start date is January 1, 2020. The position offers a competitive salary, a medical benefits package, and travel and computer support.