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Post Doc position

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The Kinsman-Costello Lab at Kent State University ( seeks a post-doctoral research associate to conduct integrative research on the nutrient and redox biogeochemistry of freshwater aquatic ecosystems including Great Lakes coastal wetlands, agricultural restorations, and northern peatlands. Successful candidates could have expertise across a range of disciplines and diverse academic interests and career goals. The candidate will join a dynamic, supportive research group with opportunities for collaboration across disciplines and engagement with state policy makers, stakeholders, and public audiences. This is a two-year, competitively compensated position with full benefits. The successful candidate will hold a Ph.D. in ecology, environmental science, geology, earth science or related discipline, experience in biogeochemical research, strong interpersonal communication skills and demonstrated ability to work effectively as individual and member of a team.

To express interest in applying or ask questions about the position, please email Dr. Lauren Kinsman-Costello at directly.

To apply, please complete visit, select “STAFF POSITIONS” and search for Position Number 987266 Postdoctoral Scholar (Postdoc). Application materials include a cover letter including a brief statement of research interests and career goals, curriculum vitae, and the names of three references.

Kent State University is one of the top public universities in the nation, and is dedicated to student, faculty, and researcher success. We are proud to be recognized as a Carnegie Research I University and we are consistently rated by the Chronicle of Higher Education as a “Great College to Work For.” Kent State is fondly regarded by students, faculty, staff, and alumni as home. Nestled in the Cuyahoga River Valley in beautiful Northeast Ohio, Kent State is less than 50 miles from Cleveland, 20 miles from Akron, and 10 miles from the Cuyahoga National Park. Kent State University is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer.

For more information, please contact Lauren Kinsman-Costello at

Kinsman-Costello Lab Postdoctoral Scholar Position Details:

The Postdoctoral Scholar will be able to choose to contribute to a variety of active, funded research projects, including:

  • The ecosystem-scale importance of temporally and spatially heterogenous redox conditions in wetland soils and sediments from micron to larger scales
  • Controls of phosphorus bioavailability in permafrost-underlain peatlands along hillslope and permafrost thaw gradients with contrasting saturation and redox regimes
  • The influence of hydrologic management of wetland ecosystems on nutrient biogeochemistry
  • Nutrient removal and biogeochemistry in diverse wetland restoration projects throughout the state of Ohio

Examples of duties include:

  • Lead and support development of scientific manuscripts for peer review through analysis and synthesis of new and existing data
  • Present research results to collaborators and at professional conferences.
  • Lead and contribute to extramural grant proposals
  • Coordinate field and lab research relevant to the candidate’s research focus and objectives
  • Support mentorship of junior lab personnel (undergraduate and graduate students)
  • In consultation with Dr. Kinsman-Costello, develop an Individual Development Plan (IDP), which may include additional project-supported activities like mentoring undergraduate and/or graduate students, professional development workshops, and/or stakeholder engagement and communication, in alignment with the postdoctoral associate’s career goals.

Minimum Academic/Experience Qualifications.

  • PhD in ecology, environmental science, geology, earth science or related discipline
  • Experience in biogeochemical research
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills
  • Effective at working both independently and as a member of a collaborative team
  • Valid U.S. drivers license

Desired Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated history of project coordination, team management, and mentoring.
  • Experience with common biogeochemistry tools including analytical soil and water analysis, field sampling and experimentation, and sensor system deployment and maintenance.
  • Proficiency in data management, synthesis, and analysis, preferably using R, github, and other computational tools.
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in science communication to a variety of audiences in written and verbal formats.
  • Familiarity with wetland restoration, wetland ecosystem ecology, and/or arctic ecosystems.
  • Physical ability for strenuous field work
  • Ability to travel for field work and project meetings.