Postdoctoral Researcher

Harvard University, Richardson Lab is accepting applications for a Postdoctoral Researcher.


Date posted

Sep. 26, 2016 12:00 am

Application deadline

Oct. 26, 2016 12:00 am


Harvard University, Richardson Lab


  • United States

Job description

Postdoctoral Researcher

Modeling interactions between carbon supply, nonstructural C reserves, and biomass growth in temperate trees

Duties and Responsibilities:

As part of the Richardson Lab, the Postdoctoral Researcher will be responsible for developing and parameterizing a model of tree growth, and using the model to investigate carbon allocation, specifically interactions between carbon supply, nonstructural C reserves, and biomass growth.  The model will be calibrated with, and tested against, data from the Lab’s field sites across New England (e.g. Harvard Forest, Bartlett Experimental Forest, and Howland Forest), including ecosystem-scale CO2 fluxes, individual- and ecosystem-scale measurements of tree growth, and data on concentrations and ages of nonstructural carbon reserves. The Postdoctoral Researcher will prepare a manuscript, based on the modeling work, for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.


A Ph.D. in plant physiology, ecology, earth system science, or a related field is required. The successful candidate must have expertise in quantitative, process-based modeling, preferably in the area of tree growth and/or ecosystem carbon cycling. Knowledge of one or more advanced computer programming languages is required, as is the ability to conduct statistical analyses in R, Matlab or SAS. Excellent communication skills are expected. The successful candidate should be enthusiastic, creative, and highly motivated. The successful candidate will be expected to work collaboratively on team projects both in the lab and in the field. Applicants must have (or promptly obtain) a valid U.S. driver’s license, and must be willing and able to conduct physically demanding fieldwork in all seasons. 

Additional Information:

The position is based in Cambridge, MA. A start date of no later than January 1, 2017 is anticipated. This is a 12-month, grant-funded position. 

More information about the Richardson Lab. 

Information about Harvard’s Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology. 

Please submit applications (including cover letter, CV,  a brief research statement, and the names and contact information for three references) via email (with the subject line “Carbon allocation modeling postdoc”) to: Professor Andrew D. Richardson. 

Applications must be received by October 15, 2016, to receive full consideration. 

Harvard University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.


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