Postdoctoral Scholar

Job description

Job Title: Postdoctoral Scholar
Location: Merriam Powell Center Envr Res
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 605092
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Special Information

This position is based in Moab, Utah.

This position is subject to the availability of funding. The incumbent is not eligible for Service Professional non-renewal notice, or Classified Staff layoff or recall status.

Job Description

This postdoctoral scholar will work on collaborative research projects involving Northern Arizona University and the U.S. Geological Survey, as well as other research collaborators from around the Colorado Plateau. This position will focus on research efforts to promote successful restoration and reclamation of highly disturbed lands in the western United States. Specific responsibilities include using a data-driven approach to link key reclamation practices applied following oil or gas development to reclamation outcomes, collating data, organizing workshops and other events, and leading the writing of a practical technical reference that could be used to inform management or policy decisions.

The position will involve:

    Compilation and synthesis of large, complex datasets and statistical analysis to identify significant relationships. Assist research team and act independently to plan, design and implement experimental, observational, and simulation modeling projects.Works independently as needed to establish priorities, set schedules, meet deadlines, and balance multiple simultaneous projects. Presentation of project results to internal and external parties.Operates specialized scientific equipment.Performs statistical analyses, including selecting the appropriate analysis procedure, setting up data for analysis, judging validity and reliability of data, designing and writing programs to perform analyses, and producing written reports on the result of the analyses.Effectively uses available technology to facilitate the success of the project.Liaisons with other NAU departments, outside collaborators, and others to ensure success of project.Engaged in fieldwork and writing of technical publications and reports.May supervise classified staff, graduate assistants, or student employees.May be responsible for training staff, graduate assistants, or student employees.

Minimum Qualifications

Requires a PhD in ecology, biology or a closely related field by the time of appointment. Relatively recent graduate or graduation by the time of appointment.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience with data-driven evaluation approaches

Knowledge of reclamation practices implemented following oil or gas development

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
    Knowledge of the principles and techniques of ecology, particularly dryland and restoration ecology.Organizational and project management skills.Outstanding communication skills.Skill in leading, coordinating, and/or supervising the work of others.Awareness of and commitment to NAU’s EEO/Affirmative Action Plan and Safe Working and Learning Environment goals.The ability to work effectively with people from a variety of culturally diverse backgrounds

Background Information

Northern Arizona University requires satisfactory results for the following: a criminal background investigation, an employment history verification and a degree verification (in some cases) prior to employment. You may also be required to complete a fingerprint background check.

Additionally, as an employer in the state of Arizona, NAU is required to participate in the federal E-Verify program that assists employers with verifying new employees' right to work in the United States.

Finally, each year Northern Arizona University releases an Annual Security Report. The report is a result of a federal law known as the Clery Act. The report includes Clery reportable crime statistics for the three most recent completed calendar years and discloses procedures, practices and programs NAU uses to keep students and employees safe including how to report crimes or other emergencies occurring on campus. In addition, the Fire Safety Report is combined with the Annual Security Report for the NAU Flagstaff Mountain Campus and NAU-Fort Defiance as these campuses have on-campus student housing. This report discloses fire safety policies and procedures related to on-campus student housing and statistics for fires that occurred in those facilities.

If you would like a free paper copy of the report, please contact the NAUPD Records Department at (928) 523-8884 or by visiting the department at 525 E. Pine Knoll Drive in Flagstaff.


The budgeted salary amount is $52,000 - $60,000.

**The starting salary will be determined by the qualifications of the selected applicant balanced with departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information.

FLSA Status

This position is exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and therefore will not earn overtime or compensatory time for additional time worked.


Post-Doctoral Scholars are hired on a contract basis, renewable each fiscal year for a maximum of 4 renewals (5 years) according to terms of the Arizona Board of Regents' Conditions of Post-Doctoral Service.

NAU offers an excellent benefit package to Post-Doctoral Scholars including generous health, dental and vision insurance; 10 days of vacation and 10 holidays per year; and tuition reduction for employees and qualified family members. New employees are eligible for benefits on the first day of the pay period following their enrollment, after their employment date. Employees will have 31 days from their start date to enroll in benefits. Participation in NAU retirement plans is not available to Post-Doctoral Scholars. More information on benefits at NAU is available at the NAU HR benefits page.

Learning and Development

Your career at Northern Arizona University includes the opportunity for professional development. New employee on-boarding training includes courses to be completed within the first 30 days. If your position includes the supervision of a benefit-eligible employee, we offer the NAU Supervisors Academy for you to complete within your first 2 years.

Application Deadline

November 16, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.

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.

EEO is the Law Poster and Supplements

NAU is an Employer of National Service. AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other National Service alumni are encouraged to apply.




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Posted: 10/16/2020
Application Due: 1/14/2021
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