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The School For Environment and Sustainability (SEAS) is an exciting new School at the University of Michigan dedicated to studying problems and issues at the interface of environment and society.  This position has a flexible start date anticipated to be as early as May 1, 2018.  To apply please combine a CV, cover letter describing your research interests and qualifications for the position, and a copy of one publication in a single PDF. Applications should be sent to As part of the required application process three reference letters should also be sent to Review of applications will begin on April 10, 2018 and continue until the position is filled.  Women and under-represented minorities are encouraged to apply. The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity employer.  Questions about the position can be addressed to Bill Currie (

Job Summary

A postdoctoral researcher is sought in the School for Environment and Sustainability (SEAS) at the University of Michigan.  The successful candidate will be located on the Ann Arbor campus and supervised by Prof. Bill Currie (, contributing to a large-scale collaborative project to evaluate the effects of future land-use and climate change scenarios on coastal wetlands across the Great Lakes basin.  This is a NASA-funded research project conducted in collaboration with co-PIs at the University of Michigan, Michigan State University (MSU), Michigan Tech Research Institute, Texas A&M University and the University of Northern Iowa. 

This research will involve working with the Mondrian model of community-ecosystem processes in wetlands, applying the model for both basic and applied research to study wetland plant invasions and the effects of nutrient cycling and hydroperiod on wetland function.  The project will also involve linking the Mondrian model to a large-scale watershed hydrogeochemical model developed by collaborators at MSU.  The linked models will be used to study wetland function and feedbacks under future scenarios of land use change and climate change, and in a variety of inland to coastal landscapes across the Great Lakes region. 


The candidate will be expected to function well as part of a research team, including working with co-PI faculty at other collaborating universities.  The candidate will be expected to present research results at national conferences and to lead the development of collaborative manuscripts for publication in peer reviewed journals.  S/he will have some flexibility to develop original research questions and topics in areas related to the research funding. 

Required Qualifications*

The successful candidate should have a PhD in ecosystem ecology, plant community ecology, wetland ecology, physiological ecology, biogeochemistry, ecosystem or ecological modeling, or a closely related field and should have some prior experience with modeling ecological plant communities or ecosystems.  S/he should have strong skills in data management.  The ability to write or debug computer code is a plus, as is an understanding of clonal plants, wetland N cycling including denitrification, or wetland P cycling.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.