Postdoc, Andean and Peruvian peatlands - Houghton, MI, USA

A two-year postdoc position to study peatlands in the Colombian Andes and the Amazon of Peru is available in Houghton, Michigan, USA.


The position will be at Michigan Technological University, and jointly supervised by scientists at Michigan Tech and the US Forest Service, Northern Research Station in Houghton, MI.

Start date is flexible but can start as early as January 2020. Funding is available for at least two years of support, renewed annually.


A post-doctoral position is available for a qualified individual to work on carbon cycling studies in mountain peatlands of the Colombian Andes and the Amazon of Peru.

The goal of the Colombia project is to quantify the carbon cycle and greenhouse gas consequences of peatland restoration efforts and to develop credible emissions factor estimates for CO2 and CH4 for degraded peatlands in support of national and international greenhouse gas accounting efforts. The team will develop estimates using automated CO2 and CH4 chambers, combined with extensive surveys with manual chambers. This project is complementary to a large-scale effort to restore ecosystems in the páramo of Colombia. Additional work will involve leading ground-truthing efforts as part of an effort to map peatlands across the páramo of Colombia.

The second project is a DOE funded project investigating CH4 emissions in a lowland tropical peatland in the Peruvian Amazon. This project will involve chamber based CH4 measurements, hydrologic measurements, providing data for CH4 modeling and scaling of eddy flux tower measurements.

Depending on the successful applicant’s skill-set and interests, opportunities are available at both locations to pursue additional questions, e.g. on mechanisms of plant, microbial, or biogeochemical regulation of peatland greenhouse gas flux, as a part of this or related projects.


Qualified candidates need experience in ecosystem gas flux quantification and Spanish language skills, and experience working in Colombia or Peru, in peatland carbon cycling, and/or peatland restoration are all a plus. Extensive travel and the ability to work at both low and high elevations in rugged conditions are required for this position.


Consideration of applications begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Please send a cover letter that states your research interests, curriculum vitae, any other relevant materials, and provide the names and contact information for three references to Erik Lilleskov: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Rod Chimner: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.