The School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences at Auburn University is seeking a qualified individual for a two-year postdoctoral Fellowship in Plant Physiology, based in the Tree Physiological Ecology Lab (https://auburntreephys.weebly.com/). During the first year, the postdoctoral fellow will primarily carry out research testing questions about temperature adaptation and acclimation in switchgrass (Panicum virgatum), a broadly distributed perennial C4 grass and bioenergy feedstock. The fellow will then have the opportunity to develop additional research experiments testing basic questions about the role of adaptation in modifying plant population responses to temperature (warming, heat), drought, or other environmental factors.
The switchgrass research project utilizes field trials of diverse accessions of switchgrass replicated at southern, central, and northern sites in the central United States, to determine the extent to which adaptation and acclimation shape the temperature response of leaf photosynthesis and respiration. Results from the project will improve our understanding of aboveground carbon fluxes in switchgrass bioenergy systems and perennial C4 grasses in general, and data from the project will improve representation of the temperature response of C4 plant physiology in land surface models that simulate climate - carbon cycle interactions.
This is a limited-term, non-tenure track position with funding for up to two years. Funding is provided by the United States Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA NIFA), Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), and the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences at Auburn University. Continued employment is contingent on the availability of funding and satisfactory performance.