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Post Doctoral Fellow - Gough Lab

Virginia Commonwealth University

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The Gough lab at Virginia Commonwealth University seeks a postdoctoral scholar to join a NASA-funded project coupling ground- and airborne remote sensing with eddy-covariance and chamber derived carbon flux data to advance cross-scale understanding of ecological processes within the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. Research themes of interest include, but are not limited to: carbon cycling and sequestration, atmosphere-biosphere interactions, drivers of biogeochemical cycling, land-use change and disturbance effects on ecological processes, and the factors governing ecosystem resilience. In addition, the postdoc will mentor student participants in NASA’s Student Airborne Research Program (SARP) East. Most ground-truthing and field-based activities will take place at VCU’s Rice River’s Center, with periodic travel to partner sites in the region and NASA’s Goddard Institute for training. The Gough lab is a collaborative, team-oriented group, with projects focused on forest and wetland carbon cycling, vegetation structure-function interactions, and disturbance ecology. A postdoctoral scholar will provide critical mentorship to undergraduate and graduate student collaborators, support project activities, and communicate project results through peer-reviewed publications and scientific meetings. Questions and inquiries are welcome: Chris Gough, cmgough@vcu.edu.

NOTE: The successful candidate understands that this is a restricted position and ongoing employment depends on continued funding.

VCU combines learning, research, creativity, service and discovery with a commitment to inclusive excellence. Ranked by U.S. News as one of the 30 “most innovative” public universities in the country, VCU is a premier, urban, public research university home to multiple nationally ranked programs. Here your success is supported, and your career can thrive. VCU offers a robust benefits package that includes: comprehensive health benefits, paid annual and holiday leave granted up front, retirement planning and savings options, tax-deferred annuity and cash match programs, generous tuition benefit, employee discounts, well-being resources, abundant opportunities for career development and advancement, and more. Learn more about VCU’s benefits here, https://hr.vcu.edu/current-employees/benefits/.

Required Qualifications:

  • PhD in ecology, forestry, environmental sciences or a related field.
  • Familiarity with remote sensing applications in ecology.
  • Experience operating and analyzing data from remote sensing instrumentation and meteorological flux (i.e., eddy-covariance) towers.
  • Knowledge of mid-Atlantic United States’ ecosystems.
  • Experience communicating science through peer-reviewed publications and presentations.
  • Data analysis skills in R.
  • Interest in working with an interdisciplinary team.
  • Experience mentoring and/or leading student researchers.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated commitment to open science and interdisciplinary team-oriented research.
  • Experience conducting remote sensing and biogeochemistry-related research in multiple ecosystems, including forests and wetlands.


Each agency within the Commonwealth of Virginia is dedicated to recruiting, supporting, and maintaining a competent and diverse work force. Equal Opportunity Employer


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