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Postdoc - Wetland Ecological Modeling

Postdoc - Wetland Ecological Modeling

The Ervin Lab ( at Mississippi State University is hiring a postdoctoral researcher to collaborate on the parametrization of processed-based wetland vegetation (GenVeg) models, as part of the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Next Generation ecosystem modeling efforts. The position is supported by the USACE Engineering Research and Development Center Environmental Laboratory ( The postdoc will be based in the Department of Biological Sciences at Mississippi State University in Starkville, MS but will collaborate actively with USACE scientists.

Full details are available here:


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

The postdoc will assist in:
• Compiling existing data sets collected on wetland vegetation growth in response to changes in water quality, hydrology, and neighboring plant species;
• Integrating these data sets into the USACE dynamic vegetation growth models (GenVeg); and
• Parameterizing, testing, and evaluating the models, in collaboration with ERDC scientists, and communicating model updates to end users.

Minimum Qualifications:

• Strong writing skills and an enthusiasm for wetland ecology
• Demonstrated ability to communicate with ecosystem scientists and ecologists from diverse backgrounds
• Highly motivated with the ability to work independently and contribute to a collaborative environment
• Ph.D. in ecology or a related field by start date

Preferred Qualifications:

• Quantitative and computing skills, including demonstrated competency with R, Python, and/or ecological simulation modeling environments
• Experience conducting wetland or plant ecology field sampling
• Understanding of functional or trait-based plant ecology
• Familiarity with laboratory procedures and basic protocols for processing plant, soil, and water samples
• Interests in or experience with mentoring graduate and undergraduate students in laboratory, field, and/or computational research

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

The successful candidate will demonstrate an ability to communicate with diverse ecosystem scientists, from field ecologists and botanists to those who are fully immersed in quantitative ecosystem modeling and computational biology. In this vein, the postdoc will be expected to interact/collaborate with scientists at Mississippi State University (Dept. of Biological Sciences and Geosystems Research Institute), USACE ERDC, Texas State University at San Marcos, and the Community Surface Dynamics Modeling System group at the University of Colorado at Boulder. It is expected that the postdoc would travel among these locations at least once per year for collaborative activities.

Additional Info

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Job Type : Full-Time, Temporary

Education Level : Doctoral

Experience Level : Entry Level

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