Michigan Technological University and the Tropical Responses to Altered Climate Experiment (TRACE; forestwarming.org) are seeking a full-time modeling ecosystem ecologist post-doctoral researcher. The position will involve the development and evaluation of ELM-FATES (the land component of the Dept. of Energy Earth system model E3SM coupled with the Functionally Assembled Terrestrial Ecosystem Simulator – FATES) using data from the TRACE site, a climate change experiment taking place in the Luquillo Experimental Forest in eastern Puerto Rico. TRACE is an in-situ field warming experiment that aims to study the effects of climate change and disturbance on tropical forests, particularly effects on carbon and nutrient cycling.  This is a two-year, full-time position through Michigan Tech.

 Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Synthesis and analysis of observational and experimental data, model-data integration, execution and analysis of model simulations to understand tropical ecosystem responses to changing environments, and publication in leading journals.
  • Employees will apply safety-related knowledge, skills, and practices to everyday work.

Knowledge and Skills:

  • A proven track record of publication in leading peer-reviewed journals.
  • Experience in model development in a large terrestrial ecosystem model.
  • Experience with model-data integration.
  • Experience in ecological data collation, synthesis, analysis, and management.
  • Experience working with land surface models such as ELM or CLM.
  • Experience working with FATES.
  •  Programming skills in FORTRAN.
  • Programming skills in data analysis languages R and/or Python.
  • Excellent written and oral communication.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.