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Ecological Modeler, Post-Doctoral Position

Athens GA

The Wildland Fire Science Program of Tall Timbers Research Station (Tallahassee, Florida) in cooperation with the USDA Forest Service Southern Research Station, Center for Forest Disturbance Science. (Athens, GA) is seeking an ecological modeler for a one year position that can be extended up to an additional 1.5 years (2.5 years total) contingent upon on applicant’s performance and continued funding. The purpose of the project is to model forest landscape dynamics using various modeling techniques, field data, and remote sensing instrumentation.

Location of appointment: USDA Forest Service, Forestry Sciences Laboratory, Athens, GA, under the supervision of E. Louise Loudermilk, PhD, Research Scientist.


Qualifications: (1) Doctoral degree completed in forest, ecosystem, or landscape ecology, or related field, (2) 2+ years of experience in ecological or environmental simulation modeling, (3) GIS/remote sensing skills, (4) desired experience or background in ecophysiology, climate science, fire ecology, fire or forest management, spatial analysis or spatial statistics, and/or Light Detection and Ranging, (5) working knowledge with one or more programming languages, such as R, python, or C++, (6) ability to independently write manuscripts for peer-reviewed publications, (7) willing to periodically work in harsh (hot, humid, buggy) outdoor conditions in the southeastern U.S.


Duties under supervision of PIs: (1) Majority of position: Independently parameterize and run ecological models of eastern forests, particularly to project forest landscape (above and below ground) change in response to various interacting disturbances, such as climate change, wildland and/or prescribed fire, and management, (2) collect and analyze field data, including terrestrial-based remote sensing data, to enhance ecological models and measure forest fuels, (3) work with scientists and collaborators across federal, state, and private agencies.


Salary and benefits: $65,000 per year with standard health insurance benefit options provided. This position is currently set for one year that may continue up to 2.5 years total. Continuation is contingent upon performance and funding.


To apply: Submit by e-mail a cover letter describing the reason for your interest in the position, copy of current resume/CV, college transcripts (if graduated within the past 5 years), a writing sample (publication, thesis chapter, etc.), and contact information for three references, including name, affiliation, email address, phone number, and your relationship with each reference, to Kevin Hiers, Wildland Fire Scientist, Tall Timbers Research Station and Land Conservancy, Tallahassee, FL, jkhiers@talltimbers.org.


For inquiries: If you have inquiries about the position, please contact E. Louise Loudermilk, PhD, Research Scientist, USDA Forest Service, Southern Research Station, Center for Forest Disturbance Science, Athens, GA, at elloudermilk@fs.fed.us. Do not submit applications to Dr. Loudermilk.


Application deadline: August 15, 2017 or until position is filled, with the goal of starting the position in October 2017.


Tall Timbers was established in 1958 as a non-profit scientific and educational organization. Its primary goal is to promote exemplary land stewardship on private and public land. Its areas of focus are ecological research, promoting the use and understanding of prescribed fire, wildlife management, sustainable forestry, and conservation through education and conservation easements. Tall Timbers Research, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer.

Posted August 7, 2017

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