Thank you for your interest in the Forest Hydrology & Soils Lab! Below are descriptions of current positions. General information for prospective graduate students can be found on the Department of Forestry's website.

Current Positions

  1. Postdoctoral Research Associate - Poplar Ecosystem Services.

A postdoctoral research position in support of funded research from the United States Department of Energy, Bioenergy Technologies Office is available in the Department of Forestry at Mississippi State University. The selected candidate will work with an interdisciplinary team of researchers to quantify ecosystem services provided by short rotation poplar production in the southeastern United States. This is a full time, one-year postdoctoral appointment with the potential for up to three years renewal based upon satisfactory job performance, and continuing availability of funds.

Required Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in Silviculture/Ecology, Agronomy/Soil Science, Hydrology or closely related field

  • Ability to work independently in field and laboratory-based data collection

  • Ability to work collaboratively with others

  • Ability to coordinate research activities among graduate and undergraduate student workers

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

  • A valid U.S. driver’s license

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with the silviculture of short rotation woody crops

  • Experience measuring, calculating and valuing ecosystem services

  • Experience (or advanced familiarity) in wet analytical chemistry including elemental combustion analysis, colorimetric analysis, and/or chromatography

  • Experience in writing and publishing peer-reviewed manuscripts

  • Strong organization and ability to take initiative in a large, multifaceted and interdisciplinary research project


To Apply. The total compensation includes a salary of $48,000/year as well as health insurance and other benefits. Review of applications will begin on February 1st, 2021 and continue until a suitable candidate is found. The start date is flexible, but preference will be given to candidates who can start on April 1st, 2021 or before. Interested candidates should send, in a single PDF document, a 1) cover letter describing their interest and fit with the position, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) unofficial graduate transcripts, and 4) contact information for three professional references to Dr. Heidi Renninger (

Mississippi State University is a Carnegie Very High Research Activity (R1) institution and a land grant university located in Starkville, a medium-size college town in northeast Mississippi (   For more information about the position, please contact Dr. Heidi Renninger at or call 662-325-0792.