Job Opportunity

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Global Forest Carbon Dynamics


The Smithsonian Forest Global Earth Observatory (ForestGEO) invites applications for a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship in global forest carbon dynamics. ForestGEO is a global network of forest research plots and scientists conducting long-term, large-scale research on forests around the world. The fellow will have the opportunity to use tree census data from across the global ForestGEO network to investigate global patterns in forest carbon dynamics (woody productivity, woody mortality, net biomass change) and how they are shaped by abiotic drivers and tree communities. The fellow will design new research and collaborate on existing projects, with a focus on analysis of existing ForestGEO data. Analyses may also draw on additional data, e.g., data from our global forest carbon database (ForC).

Candidates must have a PhD in ecology or a related field (by the start date), relevant research experience, strong quantitative and writing skills, and a demonstrated ability to collaborate with researchers from diverse backgrounds. Mastery of R is essential, as is an established record of scholarly publication.

The fellow will be co-advised by Smithsonian staff scientists Dr. Helene Muller-Landau and Dr. Kristina Anderson-Teixeira. The position can be based in either the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (Panama, where Dr. Muller-Landau is based) or the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (Front Royal, VA, USA, where Dr. Anderson-Teixeira is based) depending on the preference of the selected fellow. 

The fellow will be awarded the standard Smithsonian postdoctoral fellow stipend. The appointment is for one year initially, with the possibility of extending to a second year assuming successful performance. The starting date is flexible; earlier start dates are preferred.

To apply, send a single PDF file containing a cover letter including a statement of research interest, CV, contact information for three references, and three relevant publications or manuscripts to Lauren Krizel, ForestGEO Program Manager,

Review of applications will begin on 31 May 2019. For additional information, contact Kristina Anderson-Teixeira ( and/or Helene Muller-Landau (

Job Locations: 
Front Royal, Virginia, USA Panama City, Panama