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Postdoctoral position available in leaf ecophysiology

The Macrosystems Ecology Lab at Arizona State University (PI Benjamin Blonder) is recruiting a postdoctoral researcher for lab startup focused on understanding leaf ecophysiology through projects involving venation network architecture, stomatal response to extreme environments, and economic tradeoffs. The position will involve both field ecophysiology measurements as well as theory development.

The lab uses a combination of field, eco-informatics, and modeling approaches. Field sites are focused in forests and alpine environments in Latin America, southeast Asia, Scandinavia, and the United States. Projects could focus on any topic of mutual interest, and use a combination of field, modeling, or informatics approaches. Joining the lab at this early stage is an opportunity to gain independence, close collaboration, and active mentoring. Candidates with an interest in building on our science education and community outreach initiatives are very welcome.

Funding is available for 2 years at competitive salaries, with additional support available for conference travel and fieldwork. Start dates are around February 1st 2018 but can be flexible. Information on benefits and leave policies. The lab is strongly supportive of positive work-life balance for people in all stages of their careers. To apply, please send a cover letter, current CV, recent publication, and names of 2 professional references to Benjamin Blonder at bblonder@gmail.com. The application deadline is June 1st, 2017. Please feel free to get in touch informally beforehand to discuss projects.

Interested in collaborating?

Please get in touch by email if you are interested in discussing collaborations or co-writing fellowship/funding proposals. Projects could focus on any topic of mutual interest, and use a combination of field, modeling, or informatics approaches. Joining the lab is an opportunity to gain independence, close collaboration, and active mentoring, as well as with science education and community outreach.

The lab's focus is on predictive community ecology and biogeography, paleoecological and anthropogenic effects on biodiversity dynamics, and global change plant ecophysiology. We use a combination of field, eco-informatics, and modeling approaches. Field sites are focused in forests and alpine environments in Latin America, southeast Asia, Scandinavia, and the United States.

Arizona State University is easily reached by light rail service from the Phoenix international airport. The Phoenix area hosts a vibrant multicultural community, and the region provides excellent recreation and research opportunities, with the Grand Canyon, Colorado Plateau, and Madrean Sky Islands all close by. Learn more about other faculty at the ASU School of Life Sciences at http://sols.asu.edu/.

Mentoring approach

The group is small but growing, giving members the opportunity to work closely together to develop a research project. I prefer to work with people who have a good sense of curiosity, an enthusiasm for natural history, and a desire to grow into independent scientists. I expect students to work independently and seek out help and new skills when needed. The lab also provides regular mentoring support via regular meetings, an open-door policy, 360° feedback sessions, and a strong learning community bringing together undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers. Development of soft skills, collaborations, and community linkages is strongly encouraged.

I am half Chinese, from a second-generation immigrant family on my mother's side, and feel strongly that we should be building inclusive communities that allow ecology to be open to everyone. I believe in providing a safe and welcoming community for all lab members.