2019 Postdoctoral Opportunity: Ecophysiology of plant invasions.

We seek a postdoctoral associate for an NSF-supported project comparing leaf function in native and invasive plant populations in the Eastern U.S., France, and Japan. Specific research objectives of the postdoc involve field gas exchange measurements and lab chemical analysis for populations in northern Japan, including two field seasons of residency in Sendai (2019, 2020). Off-season lab assays will be conducted in Syracuse, NY. The project includes mentoring and collaborative opportunities with students and faculty in Amiens, France, in addition to those at Syracuse and Sendai. The position is available as early as April 2019, and includes two years of salary support (annual minimum $47,476), including full benefits. A PhD in ecology, plant biology, or related discipline is required. Preferred qualifications include: 1) evidence of strong quantitative and writing skills; 2) experience with leaf gas exchange measurements and chemical analyses; 3) relevant field experience and taxonomic skills. To apply: Applicants should send a letter of interest, curriculum vitae and the names and full contact information (email and phone numbers) of three potential references to Jason Fridley (fridley@syr.edu; 315-443-3098) no later than January 31, 2019. Online application submissions are accepted at:
http://www.sujobopps.com/postings/76567

Graduate Studies in the Fridley Lab, starting 2019 

PhD Position: Ecophysiology of plant invasions. We seek a PhD student for an NSF-supported project comparing leaf function in native and invasive plant populations in the Eastern U.S., France, and Japan. The graduate-level component involves field gas exchange measurements of plant populations around the Eastern U.S. and associated chemical analyses of leaf nutrient economy, plus related research depending on student interest. The position could begin as early as May 2019, including a full-time paid summer research assistantship. The student will join a large plant ecology and evolution group at Syracuse University and the larger ecological community that includes SUNY-College of Environmental Science and Forestry. The position includes two years of research assistantships, commonly used in the first and third years of graduate study; support through teaching assistantships is guaranteed in other semesters pending satisfactory progress toward the degree. Current graduate student stipends are $26,750 per year, with full benefits and tuition remission. Full applications to the SU Biology PhD program are due by December 1, 2018; applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a statement of interest, curriculum vitae, and GRE scores before applying to Jason Fridley (fridley@syr.edu; 315-443-3098). General information about the Biology graduate program at Syracuse is available at http://biology.syr.edu/graduate/apply.html. 

MS or PhD Position: Vegetation-microclimate relationships in the southern Appalachians. We seek a graduate student starting Fall 2019 for an NPS-supported project on climate change and vegetation dynamics in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The project is collaborative with Duke University, and involves both fieldwork (construction and deployment of environmental sensors) and statistical modeling. Students with strong quantitative interests and experience (e.g. R programming) are preferred. The student will join a large plant ecology and evolution group at Syracuse University and the larger ecological community that includes SUNY-College of Environmental Science and Forestry. The position includes one year of research assistantship support, ideally used in the second year of study; support through teaching assistantships is guaranteed in other semesters pending satisfactory progress toward the degree. Current graduate student stipends are $26,750 per year, with full benefits and tuition remission. Full applications to the SU Biology graduate program are due by December 1, 2018; applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a statement of interest, curriculum vitae, and GRE scores before applying to Jason Fridley (fridley@syr.edu; 315-443-3098). General information about the Biology graduate program at Syracuse is available at http://biology.syr.edu/graduate/apply.html. 


Opportunities for Undergraduates 

Undergraduate research in the Fridley lab could take a number of forms, including field surveys, experiments, simulation modeling, and database analysis.  Information on current projects in the Fridley lab is available at our homepage.  Interested undergraduate students should be prepared to dedicate at least two semesters to their research project, should have strong quantitative skills, and should be eager to immerse themselves in the scientific literature. Interested students should contact Jason to discuss potential research projects. More information on undergraduate research opportunities in our department can be found on the Biology Department website.