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[Ecophysiology] Research Technician

Larry Flanagan via ecophys%40net.bio.net (by larry.flanagan from uleth.ca)
Wed Oct 31 17:53:32 EST 2007


Research Technician/Lab Manager
L.B. Flanagan Lab
Department of Biological Sciences
University of Lethbridge, Canada

A full-time position is available immediately to participate in a range 
of research projects including studies of ecosystem fluxes and the 
stable isotope composition of carbon dioxide, water vapor and plant 
organic materials in the context of global change and ecosystem 
ecology. Salary is competitive.

Some of these research projects are part of the Canadian Carbon Program 
Network (formerly Fluxnet-Canada, see www.fluxnet-canada.ca). The 
Canadian Carbon Program involves researchers from 12 different Canadian 
universities and four government agencies and offers unique 
opportunities for interactions among other research groups within the 
network.

Duties and Responsibilities include:

Operation and maintenance of a range of instruments including:
Finnigan MAT gas isotope ratio mass spectrometer, with Gas Bench and 
Elemental Analyzer peripherals;
Campbell Scientific tunable diode laser absorption spectrometer;
Eddy covariance flux instruments including sonic anemometers, infrared 
gas analyzers, associated meteorological equipment and Campbell 
Scientific data loggers

Supervision and instruction of students and junior research assistants 
in measurement techniques

Acquire data, document measurement and analysis techniques and 
calibration data, prepare data for archive/data information system

Minimum Qualifications:

B.Sc. degree or Technical Diploma and previous research experience with 
at least some of the instruments described above

Experience in computer programming preferably with MATLAB

Strong oral and written communication skills in English

A valid automobile driver’s license

An ability to work independently


Relevant Recent Publications:

Ponton, S., L.B. Flanagan, K.P. Alstad, B.G. Johnson, K. Morgenstern, 
N. Kljun, T.A. Black, A.G. Barr. 2006. Comparison of ecosystem 
water-use efficiency among Douglas fir forest, aspen forest and 
grassland using eddy covariance and carbon isotope techniques. Global 
Change Biology 12: 294-310

Syed, K.H., L.B. Flanagan, P.J. Carlson, A.J. Glenn, K.E. Van Gaalen. 
2006. Environmental control of net ecosystem CO2 exchange in a treed, 
moderately rich fen in northern Alberta. Agricultural and Forest 
Meteorology 140: 97-114 (doi: 10.1016/j.agrformet.2006.03.022)

Glenn, A.J., L.B. Flanagan, K.H. Syed, P.J. Carlson. 2006. Comparison 
of net ecosystem CO2 exchange in two peatlands with contrasting 
dominant vegetation, Sphagnum and Carex. Agricultural and Forest 
Meteorology 140: 115-135 (doi: 10.1016/j.agrformet.2006.03.020)

Alstad, K.P., C-T. Lai, L.B. Flanagan, J.R. Ehleringer. 2007. 
Environmental controls on the carbon isotope composition of ecosystem 
respired CO2 in contrasting forest ecosystems in Canada and USA. Tree 
Physiology 27: 1361-1374

Grant, R.F. and L. B. Flanagan 2007. Modeling stomatal and nonstomatal 
effects of water deficits on CO2 fixation in a semiarid grassland. 
Journal of Geophysical. Research (Biogeosciences) 112, G03011, 
doi:10.1029/2006JG000302


Local Environment:

The University is situated on the banks of the Oldman River in southern 
Alberta (200 km south of Calgary). Lethbridge provides most of the 
amenities and facilities of big cities within an affordable, small town 
environment. The city has a population of 80,000 but it acts as the 
service centre for the surrounding area, which extend into British 
Columbia and Montana, with a population of about 300,000. Lethbridge 
and the entire region of southern Alberta boast some of North America’s 
most spectacular cultural and natural history sites. The area has a 
diverse range of ecosystems from native prairie, foothills, badlands, 
rivers, lakes and mountains, all under Alberta’s big blue sky. Nearby 
the Head-Smashed in Buffalo Jump Interpretative Centre, a UNESCO World 
Heritage Site, and Writing-On-Stone Provincial Park document the 
culture and history of the local native peoples. Waterton and Banff 
National Parks offer the breathtaking beauty and recreational 
opportunities of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. The cost of living is 
low and the quality of life is high.


Application Procedures:

To apply – please submit an application letter that outlines your 
qualifications for the position along with a current resume. Applicants 
are encouraged to send application materials as WORD or pdf document 
attachments via e-mail.

Applications should be sent to:

Dr. L.B. Flanagan
Professor of Biology
Department of Biological Sciences
University of Lethbridge
4401 University Drive
Lethbridge, Alberta, T1K 3M4
Telephone: 	(403) 380-1858
FAX:		(403) 329-2082
e-mail:		larry.flanagan from uleth.ca


Post Date: October 31, 2007

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