Postdoc position for biologist/ecophysiologist

We announce an open postmaster or postdoc position for a plant ecologist/ecophysiologist in the Brazilian-German Amazon Tall Tower Observatory (ATTO) project. With unique facilities, centered around the 325meter tower and two 80m towers about 150 km northeast of Manaus, ATTO provides an unprecedented platform to study the role of Amazon tropical forests in Earth system processes and climate. The towers are equipped with instruments to measure greenhouse gases and their isotopes, reactive trace gases, aerosols and clouds, as well as micrometeorological data to study forest energy and carbon balance.  Additional projects investigate the processes that give rise to observed forest-atmosphere exchanges.  Research within the ATTO project is divided into four major research themes: 1. Biogeochemical Trace Gas Budgets and Processes; 2. Radiation, water, and mixing; 3. Aerosols, Chemistry and Clouds; 4. Environmental and Biotic Controls of Forest-Atmosphere Exchange.

We are offering a postmaster or postdoc position on cryptogamic communities and their role in CO2 and water cycling in the Amazonian rainforest. The successful candidate will help to establish and supervise a microclimate and water measurement setup and conduct CO2 gas exchange measurements under natural and controlled conditions. The scientist will be based at INPA, Manaus and interact with national and international groups involved in the ATTO project.  Postdocs or postmasters interested in the position must have a background in biology. Knowledge on CO2 gas exchange measurements or cryptogamic communities would be advantageous.

We are looking for a candidate who is prepared to work in a self-contained manner but is also a good and reliable team worker. Comprehension of English is necessary, Portuguese is desirable. ATTO offers the opportunity to work in a unique, highly international scientific environment and offers the ability to interact with a range of interdisciplinary and international scientists. The position is for 3.5 year (starting as soon as possible).

Please send applications with a letter of interest, CV and certificates to Bettina Weber (University of Graz, Austria) This is also the contact for potential questions. The call will be open until filled.