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Postdoctoral Associate with University of Minnesota in St. Paul Campus

Type of position Postdoctoral Associate, Modeling phenology of non-native plants. Appointments are initially for one year with potential for renewal depending on performance. We have funds to this position through August 2022.
Employer University of Minnesota
Location St. Paul Campus
Description of Location College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences
Department of Forest Resources
1530 Cleveland Ave N., St. Paul, MN 55108
Salary $48,000-52,000 depending on experience.
Benefits Full benefits (health, dental and retirement).
Closing date of competition July 1, 2020 or until position is filled
Date position available Immediately or no later than July 1, 2020.
Description of duties
Seeking a postdoctoral research scientist to conduct research on the phenology of two non-native weed species that are problematic in the Eastern US, wild parsnip (Pastinaca sativa L.) and Japanese knotweed (Fallopia japonica (Houtt.) Ronse Decr. [Polygonum cuspidatum Seibold & Zucc.]). We are specifically interested in someone who can develop phenology models (e.g., growing degree day, process-based and/or continuous development). Main responsibilities will involve a new project funded by the Legislative Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR) through the Minnesota Invasive Terrestrial Plants and Pests Center at the University of Minnesota. The project aim is to provide  information and tools that will enable land managers to correctly time management activities that control non-native invasive species. The management and control of invasive species depends strongly on applying effective management strategies timed to appropriate life cycle stages. For example, mowing after seed maturation potentially contributes to spread whereas mowing during early flowering phases can prevent seed development and maturation. Thus, timing of management is critical to success. Effective timing requires predicting when key developmental stages will be reached. A central tenet of the project is that scheduling management using temperature-based predictions of phenology will be more effective than using calendar days alone. Thus, we seek a postdoctoral scholar who will lead efforts to build models that will provide temperature-based predictions of phenology that will be used to schedule management activities. Data will come from a new citizen science campaign of Nature’s Notebook (citizen science program of the USA-NPN), from a set of common gardens located across local temperature gradients and from experiments that manipulate temperature and daylength. The post-doc will lead manipulative experiments, oversee common gardens and work with a program coordinator who leads volunteer recruitment and citizen science efforts locally. The post-doc will author or co-author peer-reviewed publications and guidelines for our management partners that emerge from the work. Furthermore, the forest ecology group at UMN (e.g., Dr. Peter Reich, Dr. Lee Frelich and Dr. Rebecca Montgomery) have amassed large phenology datasets from several global change experiments (BioCON, B4WarmED) and long-term records that would also be available for development of peer reviewed manuscripts led by the post-doctoral scholar.
Qualifications sought
Required qualification:  Ph.D. in ecology, weed Science, biometeorology, ecophysiology, ecological modelling, or a closely related field 

Preferred qualifications: experience with growing degree day modeling and/or process-based phenology modeling highly desired, as well as a strong work ethic, good communication skills and a proven ability to work independently.

 Expertise and experience:  Phenology modeling, weed science, Invasion biology, ecophysiology, population biology, or other relevant area.

Contact for additional information Dr. Rebecca Montgomery (rebeccam@umn.edu, 612/624-7249).
Application procedure  
Submit what Application should include a cover letter, statement of interest and goals, resume/CV, and contact information for three references. Please use subject line: Phenology Postdoc.
Submit to Dr. Rebecca Montgomery
Dept. of Forest Resources, University of Minnesota,1530 Cleveland Ave N., St. Paul, MN 55108
ph. 612/624-7249. rebeccam@umn.edu
Additional Information As an institution committed to demonstrating excellence through diversity, the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences is committed to hiring a diverse faculty and staff, and actively encourages candidates from historically underrepresented groups to apply.
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