Postdoctoral Research Associate Position: Land use and land protection in New England
September 20, 2018
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Department/Area: Harvard Forest
The Harvard Forest invites applications for a post-doctoral research position to contribute to a multi-institutional study of land-use and land protection in New England. The successful candidate will be a member of Jonathan Thompson's Landscape Ecology Lab at the Harvest Forest and will work in close collaboration with Spencer Meyer a Senior Conservationist at the Highstead Foundation and Kate Sims an Associate Professor of Economics and Environmental Studies at Amherst College. We are seeking a natural or social scientist with experience conducting regional-scale socio-ecological research. The candidate should be interested in using rigorous statistical techniques to analyze observational data toward the overarching goal of understanding how land use—including conservation, forestry, land conversion and agriculture—affect the coupled natural and human systems in New England. The analyses will utilize a variety of existing databases that document the changing landscape condition, including several that have been developed at Harvard Forest and Highstead. The post-doc will be based at Harvard Forest in Petersham, Massachusetts. The Lab strives to foster a team environment but the actual research conducted by this post-doc will require substantial independence. Please learn more about our lab at: http://harvardforest.fas.harvard.edu/jthompson
Required Qualifications: Ph.D. (awarded by start date) in ecology, economics, geography or a related field. Evidence of strong scholarship, including peer-reviewed publications. Proven ability to plan and conduct independent research projects from beginning to end. Interest in translating and communication research for land-use decisions. Preferred Experience: Conducting complex spatial analyses (e.g., GIS, remote sensing, spatial statistics); quasi-experimental methods (e.g., matching, counter-factual), analysis of large datasets (e.g., PADUS, FIA, Census, NWOS); skilled at scripting within the R and/or Python programming languages. Candidates without these types of experience should clearly demonstrate how their skillset would benefit the lab. For example, an applicant with relevant experience in decision science or natural resource sociology should be explicit about how they envision their skills contributing to an analysis of land-use and land protection outcomes.
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