Postdoctoral position: Scaling plant-climate interactions from leaves to ecosystems. Application deadline: May 15th 2019.

The Physiological Ecology Lab at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC, Canada (PI Sean Michaletz; is recruiting a postdoctoral researcher to study plant microclimates and their effects on plant physiological functioning across scales. The postdoc will be based at the University of British Columbia, but will work closely with collaborators Stephanie Pau (Florida State University) and Brian Enquist (University of Arizona).

The postdoc will help develop, test, and refine new mechanistic theory for “scaling up” climate-driven physiology through levels of biological organization.  The project will synthesize approaches from meteorology and metabolic ecology.  The goal is to develop novel integrative theory for predicting plant canopy microclimates and how these drive the scaling of physiology from leaves to individuals to ecosystems.  Theory will be tested and refined using new and long-term data collected at our growing network of annual forest monitoring plots in Canada, China, Costa Rica, Panama, and across the USA.  The position is funded through the Canadian Tri-agency Institutional Programs Secretariat New Frontiers in Research Fund.  We encourage applicants who can work across disciplines and combine mathematical models with data to study links between climate change, plant-environment interactions, and metabolic scaling to understand and predict plant resource stocks and fluxes.  Candidates with training outside of the biological sciences (e.g. in the physical sciences or geosciences) are also encouraged to apply. 

Funding is available for at least 2 years at a competitive salary that is commensurate with qualifications and experience.  Additional support is available for conference and fieldwork travel.  Start date is June 1st 2019 but may be flexible.  Information on benefits is available at  The lab strongly supports positive work-life balance for people in all stages of their careers.

 Required skills include experience in field work, working with data in R, and combining mathematical models with field data.  Desired skills include experience in synthesis and management of large digital datasets, measuring and processing plant ecophysiology data, and familiarity with some ecophysiology instrumentation (e.g. thermal cameras, weather stations, data loggers, infrared gas analyzers, sapflow meters, etc.).  Candidates must exhibit effective written and oral communication skills, have demonstrated ability to publish peer-reviewed papers, and have a Ph.D. pending or awarded within the last five years.  The multidisciplinary and collaborative nature of the project requires willingness to work in a team setting. 

To apply, please send a cover letter, current CV, a recent publication, and names and contact information for three references to Sean Michaletz at  The application deadline is May 15th 2019, but review will start immediately and continue until the position is filled.  Please feel free to contact Sean Michaletz at any time with questions or to discuss projects.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence.  An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged.  We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.