Post-Doctoral Fellow

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Classification:Post Doctoral Fellow
Grade:UNAC Bi-weekly Assign.
Work type:Post Doc
Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Fairbanks
School/Business unit:College of Nat Sciences&Mathematics
Location: Juneau
Categories: Other

Position Summary:

The University of Alaska Fairbanks, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry invites applications for a post-doctoral research associate to study mineral weathering, soil development, and clay mineralogy in forested ecosystems of the Alaskan coastal temperate rainforest.


100%The research associate will focus on soil pedology, soil geochemistry including solid and aqueous pools and fluxes, and rock and soil mineralogy. The position requires collection of soil samples from field sites in the Heen Latinee Experimental Forest, Juneau AK and subsequent analysis at USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station and the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Analytical work will be primarily focused on clay mineral speciation using X-ray diffraction.Essential

This post-doctoral research associate is part of a broader investigation of critical zone processes in southeast Alaska, focused on the Heen Latinee Experimental Forest. This project is closely tied to studies of aquatic biogeochemistry investigating the generation of materials in terrestrial environments and their export to aquatic ecosystems. The successful candidate will focus on soil pedology, soil geochemistry, rock and soil mineralogy. The project is based in Juneau, Alaska in close collaboration with the USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station (PNWRS). The Research associate will work with faculty at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and scientists at PNWRS.

Required Experience:

Experience in X-ray diffraction and clay mineralogy is required. Previous experience in soil sampling and analysis is desired.

Typical Education & Training:

Ph.D. in relevant discipline.

Background Check:

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check.  Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

Training Policy:

It is the policy of the University of Alaska Fairbanks that all employees are required to attend training to meet the requirements of the positions they hold, and to complete the required training within a specified period of time to remain employed at UAF.  The policy can be located at:

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Notice of Nondiscrimination:

The University of Alaska is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and educational institution.  The University of Alaska does not discriminateon the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, citizenship, age, sex, physical or mental disability, status as a protected veteran, marital status, changes in marital status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, parenthood, sexual orientation, gender identity, political affiliation or belief, genetic information, or other legally protected status. The University's commitment to nondiscrimination, including against sex discrimination, applies to students, employees, and applicants for admission and employment. Contact information, applicable laws, and complaint procedures are included on UA's statement of nondiscrimination available at

Application Instructions:

Interested applicants need to submit an application through Careers@UA, and include:

  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • A letter of interest
  • Three references (contact information)

The position is open until filled. Please submit your application on/by 11:59pm (AKST) Sunday, February 3rd . Applications submitted after that date/time will be saved, however, there is no guarantee the application will be reviewed or considered. For more information on the position please contact Dr. Tom Trainor, Chemistry & Biochemistry Department Chair, at


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