The Forest Ecosystems and Society department invites applications for up to two full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term Research Associate (Post Doc) positions. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Department Head.
One to two (1-2) postdoctoral positions are available to work with Dr. Becky Kerns (USFS) and Dr. Meg Krawchuk (OSU) on collaborative research projects in the fields of landscape fire ecology and modeling, conservation, and plant community ecology in the Pacific Northwest: the Ventenata Invasion, Fire and Fuels Project, and the Fire Refugia Project. Kerns and Krawchuk work together on research problems in fire ecology related to forest management, restoration, and conservation. The postdoctoral position(s) provide an opportunity to do strong applied science under their mentorship. The successful candidate(s) will provide research leadership, scientific analysis, subject matter expertise, project management, and science delivery. The successful candidate(s) will need to take an active role in balancing timelines for each project, and working with Kerns and Krawchuk on time management and prioritization of goals. The balance of workloads and project focus will be discussed at the time of interview. All applicants who meet minimum qualifications will be considered.
One portion of duties for the postdoc(s) support the Fire Refugia Project, which focuses on the regional geography and predictability of fire refugia in late successional forests of the PNW (http://firerefugia.forestry.oregonstate.edu/).This position will be the research project lead in scientific analysis and communication of results, with expertise in landscape fire ecology, forest ecology, geography, and data analysis. Responsibilities will include running multivariable statistical analyses (e.g., Boosted Regression Trees) in R based on existing code and datasets, interpreting analyses, generating maps in GIS and data exhibits in R, writing manuscripts outlining the relevance and outcomes of the work, working with collaborators to interpret, disseminate, and communicate the findings.
The second portion of duties for the position support the Ventenata Project, which focuses on drivers and outcomes of the invasive annual grass Ventenata dubia. This position will be the research project and database manager for the Ventenata Invasion, Fire and Fuels Project (VIFF; http://www.nwfirescience.org/ventenata), and lead GIS spatial analysis and modeling in subject areas related landscape fire ecology, fire modeling, climate change, and plant community analysis. From a technical perspective, this position will help guide decision-making on the design, development and management of complex vegetation, relational and spatial databases used in fire modeling (e.g., using the large fire simulator FSim), vegetation modeling, and other spatial modeling methods. Specific responsibilities in this area will vary depending on the selected candidate(s) experience with FSim. This position will also lead development of data layers to facilitate these modeling methods. The breadth of the decision-making requires a scientific background in natural resources and technical expertise in project management, fire modeling, GIS analysis, database design, and computer operating systems and networks.
In consultation with the candidate(s), assigned work may prioritize either the Fire Refugia Project or Ventenata Project, depending on the selected candidates' qualifications.
Requires PhD or terminal degree and experience in the academic discipline/unit.
PhD in a natural resources related field (e.g., Geography, Forest or Plant Ecology, Geosciences or Natural Resources Management with background in ecology, forestry, fire ecology, or a related field).
Experience performing analysis of large datasets associated with climate and vegetation, including spatial and temporal statistical analyses.
Thorough working knowledge of GIS and experience working with GIS data over broad regions.
Experience with fire behavior and fire spatial modeling software.
Ability to work independently and find creative solutions to aid the design of research projects and find answers to research questions.
Strong organization skills to keep track of the multiple facets of the project.
Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.
Ability to manage multiple on-going tasks and identify and maintain effective plan for completing multiple tasks
Ability to interact with large and diverse groups of people and identify needs and solve problems, including communication with other project scientists, technicians, and other scientists to transfer information, coordinate development of needed information, minimize duplication, and report research progress.
Travel is required to present at scientific conferences and collaborator workshops/meetings 2-3 times a year.
Additional Salary Information: Commensurate with training, education, and experience
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