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Postdoctoral position: Investigating the Role of Nutrients (N & P) in Food Resource Dynamics of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta

Location: University of California, Davis.

Project summary: This study explores the effects of variation in nutrients on phytoplankton and zooplankton dynamics in the upper Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, California. Research objectives include: 1) Evaluation of nutrient-phytoplankton-zooplankton dynamics in a wide range of contrasting aquatic environments in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.  In particular, environmental gradients in Delta habitats will be examined to determine nutrient dynamics associated with phytoplankton and zooplankton community composition and abundances. 2) A nutrient addition study in the Sacramento Deep Water Ship Channel (SSC) to examine the effects of nutrient enrichment on phytoplankton-zooplankton dynamics. In addition to quantifying phytoplankton and zooplankton community responses to seasonal and experimental variation in nutrients, ecosystem level effects will be characterized by quantifying metabolic rates over a range of time scales.

Responsibilities: The successful applicant will: 1) conduct research on nutrient–zooplankton– phytoplankton dynamics in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta using long-term historical and current datasets; 2) model ecosystem metabolic rates and responses to nutrient amendments through a combination of in situ measurements of dissolved oxygen, lab and field incubations, and 18O isotopic measurements.  Five years of existing nutrient-phytoplankton-zooplankton monitoring data are available for immediate analysis and integration into new manuscripts.

Qualifications: Competitive applicants will have: 1) a background in aquatic ecology, limnology, or an equivalent field; 2) strong mathematical and computer skills and experience with R or Matlab; 3) experience modeling ecosystem metabolic rates using mass balance or inverse modeling approaches; and 4) demonstrated aptitude for project management and the ability to work with people of diverse backgrounds in a team environment.

Salary: UC Davis postdoctoral salary scale plus benefits for 2 years, with possibility of continued funding for 1 additional year.

Closing date: February 9, 2018
Start date: Winter/Spring 2018

Contact: Submit cover letter, CV, and contact information of three references in a single PDF document to Dr. Steven Sadro (