Postdoctoral Research Scholar - Applied Ecology

Job description

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Position Number:


Position Type:

Post Doc



Department ID:

112101 - Applied Ecology


112101 - Applied Ecology

Job City & State:

Raleigh, NC

Essential Job Duties:

The Department of Applied Ecology at North Carolina State University, in collaboration with the Department of Statistics, the North Carolina Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, and the USGS Southeast Climate Adaptation Science Center, will be hiring a Postdoctoral Research Scholar in data science to assist with efforts to develop a prototype early warning system for Prescribed Fire Managers (PFMs). The primary research objective of the successful candidate is to characterize short, medium, and long-term climatological-risk for PFMs in the Southeast US, and to build a framework that allows for optimal decision making under uncertainty.

The successful candidate will work with Drs. Brian Reich (Statistics), Jaime Collazo (Applied Ecology), and Adam Terando (USGS) to model environmental conditions conducive to prescribed burning activities over time scales of days to decades in the future. Three major objectives of the position include 1). Define, identify, and model ‘fail-states’, or the sets of conditions that PFMs wish to avoid 2) Model risk exposure of PFMs given existing numerical model simulations of future climate over near-term (days) to long-term (decades) time scales, and 3) develop spatio-temporal models to characterize extreme wildfire risk on decadal time scales.

The incumbent will also join a national cohort as part of the National and Regional Climate Adaptation Postdoctoral Fellows (CAPF) Program. The SE CAPF scholar will collaborate with other cohort scholars from across the country on national-scale research and synthesis on climate-fire issues and participate in regular training and professional development opportunities, including training on translational ecology, co-production of actionable science with natural resource decision-makers, and interdisciplinary collaboration.

This is a two (2) year position, contingent on availability of funding, based in the Department of Applied Ecology and the Southeast Climate Adaptation Science Center at North Carolina State University in close collaboration with the Department of Statistics. The successful candidate will be jointly mentored by Drs. Brian Reich, Adam Terando, and Jaime Collazo.

Other Work/Responsibilities:

Travel for meetings and workshops throughout the Southeast and the US to participate in CAPF Program activities may be required, and participation in national conferences is strongly encouraged.

Work Schedule:

Monday - Friday, 8am - 5pm

Department Required Skills:

  • PhD in statistics, data science, earth sciences, biological sciences or a related field.
  • Experience in statistical analysis (e.g. Bayesian inference) and dynamic systems modeling (e.g. Kalman filter techniques, time series analysis, etc.).
  • Ability to work cooperatively with a wide variety of scientists and natural resource managers through in-person meetings, as well as in more formal settings.
  • Excellent written communication skills to interact and work in a collaborative research environment.

Preferred Years Experience, Skills, Training, Education:

  • A working knowledge of data assimilation techniques and the ability to apply them to a wide variety of data streams is preferred.

Required License or Certification:


Valid NC Driver's License required?:


Commercial Driver's License Required?:


Anticipated Hiring Range:

Commensurate with Experience

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Job No:
Posted: 3/4/2021
Application Due: 5/1/2021
Work Type: Full Time