Job: Postdoctoral opportunity: Ecological Modeling of Marine Microheterotrophic Communities

Department: DGE – Global Ecology

Salary: Competitive

Location: Stanford, CA

We seek a Postdoctoral Fellow in the field of microbial ecology and biogeochemistry, focusing on how the diverse communities of microorganisms that consume nonliving organic matter impact the carbon cycle at large scales. Research will use theory and computational modeling to understand how microheterotrophic ecological interactions give rise to observed community composition and nutrient cycling. Specific project focuses are flexible, and may include, for example, the factors maintaining the diversity of free-living microheterotrophic functional types or the controls on the spectrum of organic carbon turnover rates. Fellows will collaboratively design and conduct cutting-edge research, publish results in peer-reviewed journals, and present results at scientific conferences. 
Applicants should have a Ph.D. or equivalent by the start of the appointment in the natural sciences and/or mathematics. We seek a candidate with experience in scientific programming and numerical modeling. Though a background in oceanography, biogeochemistry, ecology, or microbiology is helpful, all applicants with excellent critical thinking and quantitative analysis skills, excellent oral and written communication skills, and demonstrated ability to drive projects forward in a timely manner will be considered. Additionally, we seek candidates who will work to increase the representation of historically underrepresented groups in the geosciences. 
Fellows will join the Department of Global Ecology (DGE) at the Stanford University campus of the Carnegie Institution for Science. Fellows will work primarily under the guidance of Dr. Emily Zakem, with opportunities to collaborate with other researchers at DGE, Stanford University, and beyond. Founded in 2002, scientists at DGE conduct basic and applied research into the interactions among the Earth’s ecosystems and people. The Carnegie Institution has a commitment to scientific excellence and diversity; we strongly encourage applications from candidates who will enrich and foster a culturally diverse and inclusive environment.
The start date for the position is flexible, and review of applicants will be ongoing until the position is filled. Initial appointments are for one year, with possible renewal. Carnegie offers competitive salary and comprehensive benefits. In addition, a budget is available to partially reimburse relocation expenses for successful candidates and their immediate families. Applications consist of a CV, a one-page statement of research interests, and contact information for three references submitted through our application portal (see blue bar below). Please contact Emily Zakem ( with any questions about the position.
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