Postdoctoral Position Are you an experienced tree physiologist or ecologist interested in further exploring the relationship between trees and water in a warming and drying environment? A new, intensive research group focused on linking hydrology and landscape change is looking for an interested scholar to join the team. The overall project, which links a high-resolution tram system for continuous measurements across space and time in a subalpine forest, brings together modelers, groundwater specialists, snow hydrologists, and ecologists in an effort to identify refugia on the landscape.

There is flexibility in the position to design your own specific study within the overarching project, and we are looking for scholars willing and excited to work across disciplinary boundaries and integrate a variety of sensors to better understand what makes forested landscapes more or less resilient to warming and drying.

Qualifications A strong candidate will be self-motivated and familiar with sap flow measurements and ideally quantitative methods for time series analyses. A focus on identifying links across disciplines is also useful – specifically, exploring how spatial variation in water at different depths influences the resilience of the forest to changing water availability. The study area is located on the Niwot Ridge LTER area above Boulder, Colorado. The position will start around 1 June 2023 (negotiable) and be based in the Denver/Boulder area, with Drs. Katharine Kelsey (University of Colorado Denver) and Brian Buma (Environmental Defense Fund in Boulder & the University of Colorado Denver).

The position will require spending extensive time in the summer at the Niwot Ridge LTER (housing available) and will include working with graduate and undergraduate students and research assistants. The Colorado Front Range is a beautiful landscape, with warm summers and snowy winters and a dry, sunny climate year-round. Extensive recreation opportunities cover the area, from skiing to mountain biking, and the region houses several major research universities with the attendant opportunities for further education, talks, and networks. Salary: $54,500 per year. The position is 12 months with the potential to be extended to 24 months upon satisfactory performance.

To apply please send a Cover letter, CV, and contact information for three professional references to: Kathy Kelsey ( and Brian Buma ( Review of applications will begin January 16, 2023 and continue until the position is filled.

Start Date 06/01/2023

Last Date to Apply 01/16/2023

Contact Person Kathy Kelsey or Brian Buma Contact eMail

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