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**We are looking for a new (1) postdoctoral research associate and (2) lab manager to join the group! Full information about the positions can be found below and in downloadable PDF ads HERE for the postdoc and HERE for the lab manager.**

Postdocs

The lab is currently looking for a new postdoc in plant ecophysiology to start as early as January 1, 2023. Full information about the position can be found in the advertisement HERE. This is also summarized below:

Description

A postdoctoral position examining plant physiological responses to environmental variability is available in the lab of Dr. Nick Smith in the Department of Biological Sciences at Texas Tech University. The Smith Ecophysiology Lab examines the responses of plants and ecosystems to change in abiotic conditions and the resulting feedbacks from these responses to global change. The successful applicant will join a vibrant group of researchers in the Lab, which is housed within the new EcoHealth Lab facility. The postdoc will work closely with an international group of collaborators focused on improving understanding and predictability of plant physiological processes and their feedbacks to ecosystem processes under global change.
The postdoc will be given freedom to explore questions and develop projects pertinent to their interests and experiences. These should be overlap with one or more of the following ongoing themes in the lab: Within the EcoHealth Lab, the postdoc will have access to state-of-the-art ecophysiological equipment, growth chamber and greenhouse facilities, as well as computational facilities both within the lab and through the University’s High Performance Computing Center. The Smith Ecophysiology Lab is also part of the Nutrient Network and maintains an active site locally (lubb.us).

Responsibilities

The successful candidate will carry out empirical and modeling research examining plant physiological responses and feedbacks to environmental variability. The specific projects will be tailored to the individual’s interests and expertise. The position will also involve mentoring of graduate and undergraduate students in the lab.

Required Qualifications

The applicant must have a Ph.D. by the start date with expertise in plant physiology, physiological ecology, global change biology, ecological modeling, or related field.

Desired Qualifications

Experience carrying out manipulation experiments examining plant physiological responses is highly desirable. Strong quantitative skills are also highly desired.

Start Date

Preference will be given to applicants that can start by or before January 1, 2023. However, later start dates may be possible.

Salary

Salary is expected to be $60,000 per year plus benefits. Funding is available for multiple years, but is contingent on satisfactory progress, which will be evaluated at the end of each year.

How to Apply

To apply, please submit a CV, a 1-2 page description of your research accomplishments and future goals, and the names and contact information of 3 referees to the Texas Tech Brass Ring portal (job number: 30497BR). The Brass ring portal is at: https://sjobs.brassring.com/TGnewUI/Search/Home/Home?partnerid=25898&siteid=5635#home. The job can be found by typing the job number (30497BR) into the portal. Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled.

Other Information

Interested applicants are highly encouraged to contact Nick Smith (nick.smith@ttu.edu) prior to applying to discuss the position.

Lab Manager

The lab is currently looking for a new lab manager. Full information about the position can be found in the advertisement HERE. This is also summarized below:

Description

A lab manager position in the lab of Dr. Nick Smith in the Department of Biological Sciences at Texas Tech University. The Smith Ecophysiology Lab examines the responses of plants and ecosystems to change in abiotic conditions and the resulting feedbacks from these responses to global change. The successful applicant will join a vibrant group of researchers in the Lab, which is housed within the new EcoHealth Lab facility. The position provides laboratory, field, and administrative support to the Smith Ecophysiology Lab at Texas Tech University.

Responsibilities

The successful candidate will provide laboratory, field, and administrative support to the Smith Ecophysiology Lab at Texas Tech University, including:

Required Qualifications

The applicant must have a B.S. in a field related to the work done in the lab (e.g., biology, environmental sciences, ecology, botany, forestry). The candidate must also have 1-3 years of experience in laboratory and fieldwork in the biological sciences or other related discipline, experience working collaboratively and independently, expert-level command of word processing and spreadsheets, and an ability to quickly learn new lab and field techniques, both with guidance and in a self-taught capacity.

Desired Qualifications

A masters or doctoral degree in a field related to the work done in the lab (e.g., biology, environmental sciences, ecology, botany, forestry) is preferred. Experience in scientific data management, experience with scientific computing using R and/or Python, experience with plant ecophysiology methods (field and/or lab), grant writing experience, and science communication experience are also preferred.

Start Date

Preference will be given to applicants that can start by or before January 1, 2023. However, later start dates may be possible.

Salary

Salary is expected to be $45,000 per year plus benefits. Funding is available for multiple years, but is contingent on satisfactory progress, which will be evaluated at the end of each year.

How to Apply

To apply, please submit a CV, a 1-2 page description of your research accomplishments and future goals, and the names and contact information of 3 referees to the Texas Tech Brass Ring portal (job number: 30741BR). The Brass ring portal is at: https://sjobs.brassring.com/TGnewUI/Search/Home/Home?partnerid=25898&siteid=5635#home. The job can be found by typing the job number (30741BR) into the portal. Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled.

Other Information

Interested applicants are highly encouraged to contact Nick Smith (nick.smith@ttu.edu) prior to applying to discuss the position.

Graduate Students

The Smith lab is always looking for Masters and Ph.D. students interested in plant and ecosystem ecology.

The lab is fully equipped to explore the response and feedback of plants to environmental change. I am interested in students with diverse backgrounds in any one or combination of plant physiology, ecology, mathematics, statistics, or modeling. Though, a desire to broaden your skills is strongly preferred!


As a graduate student in my lab, you will be given the freedom to explore topics and develop projects that you are passionate about. To encourage the development of new skills, I may ask you to step outside your comfort zone. I encourage collaboration among lab members as well as with other researchers at Texas Tech and institutions with which we collaborate, including universities and national laboratories.


There is competitive funding to support students through a combination of Research and Teaching Assistantships and internal fellowships. Additionally, we have funds for multi-scale field, lab, and computational experiments as well as dissemination of research at local, national, and international meetings.


Interested students should contact Nick to discuss opportunities.


TTU and Lubbock, TX

The Biology department at Texas Tech offers a wide variety of research facilities, including greenhouse and growth chamber space. Texas Tech also has a High Performance Computing Facility, well suited for running large-scale analyses and model simulations.

Lubbock, Texas offers a low cost of living and high quality of life. Lubbock is situated within the heart of West Texas, within driving distance of canyons, mountains, forests, and prairies.