Research Scientist #605271

Northern Arizona University
Arizona, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Mar 17, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Job Description

The Ecological Restoration Institute (ERI) at Northern Arizona University (NAU) is seeking a Research Scientist to focus on natural resource quantification and modeling in support of landscape-scale forest restoration in the southwestern United States (U.S.). Duties will primarily focus on the following areas:

  • Lead and conduct landscape analysis to quantify spatially explicit forest conditions and ecological processes over large areas.
  • Integrate remote sensing data, applied sampling, and landscape vegetation modeling to address broad-scale ecological and operational questions.
  • Produce peer-reviewed publications and provide presentations for professional audiences.
  • Secure external funding for research.
  • Provide support in science transfer and outreach, specifically in the areas of literature synthesis, workshops for land managers, non-technical papers, fact sheets, webinars, and rapid assessments.
  • Supervise ERI staff as determined by Ecology Team Lead and Executive Director.
  • Assist with Ecology program area management as needed.

The job functions of this position will be performed in close coordination with the ERI’s Ecology Team Lead and staff as well as Operations, and Science Delivery program areas. The incumbent will be expected to develop and maintain working relationships with local and regional public land managers, researchers, stakeholders, special interest groups and government officials. The selected candidate will work on teams that include students, faculty and staff in the within the ERI, NAU School of Forestry, and/or other organizations.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Forestry, Ecology, Geography, Informatics, Environmental Sciences, or similar field, including 6 years of research experience.
  • Five years’ experience in conducting research related to forest ecosystem restoration, landscape ecology, fire ecology, or forest-climate interactions
  • Any equivalent combination of education, training, and/or experience

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated experience working with Remote Sensing data products such as lidar, Landsat, Sentinel, Worldview, etc.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in research design and analytical techniques in restoration ecology, landscape ecology, remote sensing, forest science and/or quantitative ecology.
  • Demonstrated experience in producing peer-reviewed publications and providing professional presentations.
  • Familiarity with Southwestern forest landscapes.
  • Sound understanding of ecological restoration principles.
  • Familiarity with forest resource sampling techniques, (e.g., spatially balanced, two-phase or cluster designs), timber cruising, volume/biomass estimation and natural resource characterization.
  • Knowledge of forest growth and/or vegetation dynamics software (e.g., FVS, Landis, SORTIE-ND).
  • Demonstrated experience developing solutions in R or Python scripting languages.
  • Experience with spatial and tabular data analysis, data management, and data visualization
  • Experience supervising and training science staff, and field crews.
  • Demonstrated experience in grant writing and securing external funding
  • Experience working with public land managers.
  • Experience with collaborative interdisciplinary research and science transfer

How to Apply

To apply for this position, please click on the "Apply" button on this page. You must submit your application by clicking on the "Submit" button by midnight of the application deadline. If you need assistance completing your application there are instructions available on the Human Resources website or in person in the Human Resources Department located in Building 91 on the NAU Campus - on the corner of Beaver and DuPont Streets.

If you are an individual with a disability and need reasonable accommodation to participate in the hiring process please contact the Office of Equity and Access at: 928-523-3312/TDD - 928-523-1006 or PO Box 4083, Flagstaff AZ 86011.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Northern Arizona University is a committed Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. NAU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

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