Research Project Description
US Forest Service Postdoctoral Research Fellowship
U.S. Department of Agriculture
The Center for Integrated Forest Science (CIFS) seeks an ORISE Post-Doctoral Fellow in Landscape Ecology, Forest Watershed Hydrology, or Forest Ecosystems Ecology. The CIFS is a recently formed research unit within the USDA Forest Service, Southern Research Station and is developing new research approaches that are more integrated across disciplines and conducted at larger scales. The Center’s goal is develop and implement innovative research approaches that provide timely, relevant, and credible science to natural resources managers and policy makers. The fellow will participate in ongoing team-oriented research focused on understanding responses of watershed ecosystems to anthropogenic and natural disturbances. Research opportunities include, but are not limited to: (1) analyzing long-term vegetation, hydrologic and climatologic data at the watershed/landscape scale, (2) development and applications of modeling, remote sensing, GIS, and landscape-scale analyses, and (3) developing novel approaches that link biological, physical, and socioeconomic systems. In addition, the fellow will have the opportunity to develop collaborative research and write research grants with university partners on a variety of projects.
Strong candidates for the position will have: (1) academic training in watershed science, landscape ecology, geography or related fields at the PhD level, (2) knowledge and skill in quantitative analyses of large and complex data sets (3) knowledge in modeling, remote sensing, and GIS, (4) interest in participating in multidisciplinary, team-oriented research projects, and (5) a record of publishing in peer-reviewed journals. The position is for one-year, but additional years (up to five years) are possible depending on funding.
The pay rate is equivalent to a GS-12. A limited amount of travel funding for attendance at scientific meetings is also available.
Anticipated start is January 2014.
The program is open to all qualified individuals without regard to race, sex, religion, color, age, physical or mental disability, national origin, or status as a Vietnam era or disabled veteran. U.S. citizenship or lawful permanent resident status is preferred.
The U.S. Forest Service Postgraduate Research Participation Program is administered by Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education.
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