Senior Research Scholar
Position Number: 00106320
Primary Function of Organization Unit: The Department of Applied Ecology integrates aspects of the broader fields of biology, ecology, genetics, toxicology, conservation and living resource management into a focused unit that employs novel approaches to confront local problems and global challenges. The department engages in highly collaborative research, education, and extension efforts that offer direct, practical solutions to current challenges in environmental and human well-being. The Cooperative Research Units Program was established to facilitate cooperation among the U.S. Department of the Interior, universities, state fish and wildlife agencies, and private organizations, by conducting programs of research and education related to fish and wildlife resource management.
Essential Job Duties: The Senior Research Scholar position will independently investigate the impact of climate and hydrological change on ecosystems and ecosystem services in the southeastern United States (U.S.) and the U.S. Caribbean through the development and analysis of downscaled climate projections. The position will investigate the reliability of downscaled climate projections with respect to changing precipitation regimes. The position will analyze and characterize the uncertainty in downscaled climate projections and the expected changes in precipitation regimes that will influence water quality and water quantity, including ecological drought in the Southeast and US Caribbean. The position will develop forward-looking intensity-duration-frequency curves for watersheds of interest to managers and stakeholders. The position will provide communication, collaboration, and engagement with physical and ecological scientists exploring impacts of climate to ecosystems. The position will also develop and lead workshops with scientific and management stakeholders to frame regional climate change issues and disseminate research results.
Minimum Education/Experience: * PhD in geography, atmospheric science, ecology or related fields, with at least 5 years of relevant research experience.
Department Required Skills: * Demonstrated research experience related to climate and ecological systems, including relevant publications. * Demonstrated experience analyzing climate model output.
Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education: * Experience with state of the art limited area models such as the Weather Research And Forecasting (WRF) model. * Demonstrated experience leading the development of regional climate model experiments in the southeast U.S. and/or the U.S. Caribbean. * Demonstrated participation and leadership working with multi-disciplinary groups to address climate change impacts to ecosystems.
Necessary Licenses and Certifications: N/A
AA/EOE: NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.
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