Current postings

Postdoctoral Scientist Position in Terrestrial Biosphere Modeling and Data Assimilation at Indiana University-Bloomington

A postdoctoral scientist position is available in Dr Natasha MacBean’s group in the Department of Geography at Indiana University (IU) Bloomington. Research in the MacBean Lab focuses on understanding the response of the carbon cycle and terrestrial ecosystems to climate and environmental change (more information is available here: https://macbeanlab.com). The postdoctoral researcher would use data assimilation methods to constrain global carbon cycle sink projections and modeled carbon-climate feedbacks. The exact scope of the work will be dependent upon the postdoc’s research experience and interests. Multiple opportunities exist for collaborations across IU faculty working on environmental change issues. This position is offered for 2 years from summer 2019.

* PhD in geography, environmental science, earth science, biology, atmospheric science, computational science or a related field.
* Knowledge of biogeochemical cycles and land surface processes.
* Strong publication record.
* Extensive prior experience working with global scale terrestrial biosphere models or equivalent (land surface models, earth system models, dynamic vegetation models) is essential.
* We especially welcome applications from candidates who have prior experience working with Bayesian data assimilation methods.
* Substantial programming experience (preferably with Python and FORTRAN) is required.
* Proficiency in developing/maintaining large datasets and scientific codes for numerical simulation and analysis on Linus/Unix OS and high performance computing systems
* Strong inter-personal, collaboration, teamwork and organizational skills.

Salary: Commensurate with experience. Full benefits included.

Start date: July-September 2019.

How to apply: please send a CV, cover letter, and 1 page statement of research interests to nmacbean@indiana.edu. For full consideration please apply by Friday 12th April.

Indiana University is an equal employment and affirmative action employer and a provider of ADA services. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ethnicity, color, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, disability status or protected veteran status.


Potential students and postdocs

I am always keen to hear from students and postdocs who are interested in working with me to study the impacts of climate and environmental change on terrestrial ecosystems. Please email me with a CV and brief statement of research interests and experience. The deadline for graduate student admissions in the Department of Geography at Indiana University is 15th December: http://geography.indiana.edu/graduate/admissions.shtml

Also take a look the opportunities to apply for funding below:

Graduate students

Note: to apply for the following opportunities you must already be enrolled in the IU Geography Graduate Program. For more information on how to apply for this program, please see this link.

– NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program: https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=6201&org=DGE&from=home and https://www.nsfgrfp.org (usually due in October)
– NSF DDRI: Geography and Spatial Sciences: https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=503621
– NASA Future Investigators in NASA Earth and Space Science and Technology (FINESST)-2019 New Proposals: https://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?solId=%7B913A7DEE-2747-6539-130C-0AB1E2322F42%7D&path=future&method=init
– Ford Foundation Predoctoral and Dissertation Fellowships: http://sites.nationalacademies.org/pga/fordfellowships/index.htm
– NSF International Research Experience for Students: https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=12831


– NSF Earth Science Postdoctoral Fellowships: https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=503144&org=NSF
– Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowships: http://sites.nationalacademies.org/pga/fordfellowships/index.htm
– James S. McDonnell Foundation 21st Century Postdoctoral Fellowship Award in Understanding Dynamic and Multi-scale Systems: https://www.jsmf.org/apply/fellowship/.
– (For European Citizens) European Commission Marie Skłodowska-Curie Global Fellowship: https://ec.europa.eu/research/mariecurieactions/actions/individual-fellowships_en