Isotope-dendroclimatology: We have an immediate opening for a 3-year post-doctoral position to work on an NSF-funded project on millennial-scale climate reconstructions using stable isotope measurements of tree-rings derived from slabs of ancient redwood trees.

The post-doc will work for the first 2 years of the project under the direction of Dr. John Roden at Southern Oregon University and the last year at the University of California, Berkeley under the direction of Dr. Todd Dawson. The project will employ classic dendrochronological methods for cross-dating slabs as well an innovative techniques for sampling portions of tree rings for cellulose extractions and analysis of stable carbon and oxygen isotopic composition. Previously developed relationships between isotope variation in redwood tree rings and periodicity of western U.S. climate cycles will be tested/modified in order to make the most robust predictions of climate variation extending beyond the instrumental record by 1000 years or more. Strong leadership skills are also required as the post-doc will coordinate the activities of a technician and student employees. We seek a highly motivated individual with a recent Ph.D. in dendrochronology, isotope biogeochemistry, climatology, physiological ecology or other related fields. The successful applicant should show evidence of research productivity, and an interest in interdisciplinary research. Applicants should have experience in time-series data analysis and interpretation. Experience in dendrochronology, climate modeling and/or stable isotope analysis is desirable.

Applications and inquiries should be sent to John Roden (rodenj@sou.edu), Biology Department, Southern Oregon University, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland, OR 97520 USA. Fax: (541) 552-6415, by 15 September 2010. Applications should include a CV, a statement of research interests and expertise, and names, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three references. Electronic submissions are preferred. Starting salary is $42,000 per year. Southern Oregon University is an equal access AA/EOE employer committed to achieving a diverse work force and as such, is an inclusive campus community dedicated to student success, intellectual growth, and responsible global citizenship.

 

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