Researcher/Scientist III (Oracle, AZ)

Tucson, AZ
Jan 22, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
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Biosphere 2

Department Website Link:


Outside of Tucson


32540 S Biosphere Road, Oracle , AZ 85623 USA

Position Highlights:

Biosphere 2 at the University of Arizona is in search of a Researcher/Scientist III. This position advances the mission of the Biosphere 2 Landscape Evolution Observatory (LEO) research system to improve scientific understanding of landscape evolution as an ecosystem process. The duty post for this position is Biosphere 2, Oracle, Arizona. To that end, the LEO project coordinator/research scientist both engages directly with the science (conducting research in the LEO system) and provides leadership to coordinate the collaborative interdisciplinary scientific activities that lead to that advancement. In particular, this position will help lead the LEO scientific program to the next stage, to put “Life on LEO” by developing protocols and implementing approaches to bring vegetation communities to the LEO hillslopes, in accord with an experiment and strategic plan developed through a community process which will be coordinated in part by this position. This position requires advanced scientific knowledge and expertise in the field of ecology, appreciation of and engagement with the related scientific disciplines needed to understand landscape evolution, and demonstrated leadership to drive the field forward. Biosphere 2 is one of the world's most unique facilities dedicated to the research and understanding of global scientific issues. The Biosphere 2 facility serves as a laboratory for controlled scientific studies, an arena for scientific discovery and discussion, and a far-reaching provider of public education. Its mission is to serve as a center for research, outreach, teaching and life-long learning about Earth, its living systems, and its place in the universe; to catalyze interdisciplinary thinking and understanding about Earth and its future; to be an adaptive tool for Earth education and outreach to industry, government, and the public; and to distill issues related to Earth systems planning and management for use by policymakers, students and the public.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Coordinates efforts to cultivate and advance scientific community engagement with LEO science, by promoting collaboration within the fields of biology (from evolutionary ecology to plant and microbial biology to ecosystem science), and with related disciplines of hydrology, geomorphology, geochemistry, remote sensing, and data integration.
  • Leading, co-leading, or coordination, as appropriate, of proposal-writing efforts to governmental agencies and private foundations for advancing LEO science and for sustaining a long-term research plan for LEO. These efforts will be critical for developing the next “Life on LEO” science phase to investigate the role of plant and microbial processes in landscape evolution, and for deriving new approaches to answer novel scientific questions in the field of ecology in relation to landscape evolution.
  • Leads, coordinates, and assists, as appropriate, scientific planning and implementation activities on the LEO hillslopes, working closely with the LEO director of Science, with scientific collaborators, and with Biosphere 2 research staff, postdocs, and students.
  • Identifies, prioritizes and manages research and data product development, and delivery to the scientific community.
  • Implements grant-funded projects, according to the management plan of the particular proposals funded. Co-leads (with the LEO director of science) the writing of strategic planning documents and reports.
  • Authors several peer-reviewed scientific articles, posters and professional presentations per year.
  • Additional duties may be assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent advanced learning attained through professional level experience required. Minimum of 5 years of relevant work experience is typically required.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Doctoral Degree in Biological field and strong grant writing skills.
  • Must be able to work a flexible weekly schedule including working a combination of day, evening and overnight shifts on a regular basis as required.
  • May require work on holiday and weekends as needed by the facility.



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Full Time

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Benefits Eligible:

Yes - Full Benefits

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Compensation Type:

salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)



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Job Family:

Researchers & Scientists

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Type of criminal background check required::

Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

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Contact Information for Candidates:

John Adams
[email protected]

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Open Until Filled:


Documents Needed to Apply:

Curriculum Vitae (CV) and Cover Letter

Special Instructions to Applicant:

Diversity Statement:

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution and a Native American/Alaska Native-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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