Temporary Researcher - Earth Lab/CIRES

Boulder, Colorado
May 01, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
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28-Apr-2021 Close All Job SummaryEarth Lab (CIRES) seeks a Temporary Researcher to work on the project “Testing the strength of coupling among climate, natural, and human systems: a natural-experiments, big-data approach to Climate-Natural-Human Systems". In this NSF-funded study, we focus on how natural resources and socio-economic variables respond to climate under different levels of human management (i.e., ‘natural’ to engineered). To this end, we apply big-data analysis to empirically assess how historic climate fluctuations manifest in important Earth System indicators including stream-flow, reservoir levels, vegetation productivity, crop yields, wildfire, and social-economic activity.
Research tasks will include (1) wrangling of social, agricultural, energy, and economic data; (2) geospatial synthesis of biophysical datasets of net primary productivity and hydro-climatic variability; and/or (3) time-series analysis of climatic, biophysical, and socio-economic data, depending on student interests and skills.
The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Who We AreCooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES)
CIRES provides data science for a number of research initiatives around the campus. At CIRES, more than 800 environmental scientists work to understand the dynamic Earth system, including people’s relationship with the planet. CIRES is a partnership of NOAA and CU Boulder, and our areas of expertise include weather and climate, changes at the Earth’s poles, air quality and atmospheric chemistry, water resources, and solid Earth sciences. Our vision is to be instrumental in ensuring a sustainable future environment by advancing scientific and societal understanding of the Earth system.
Earth Lab
Earth Lab is part of CIRES and the CU-Boulder’s Grand Challenge: Our Space, Our Future. Earth Lab’s mission is to harness the data revolution using Earth observations from aerospace platforms (drone, aircraft, and space) and other sources (e.g., social media, etc.) to better understand the pace and pattern of environmental change. Earth Lab:
  • Capitalizes on the data deluge from Space to accelerate global environmental change science;
  • Reduces environmental risk and surprise by understanding and predicting slow and abrupt Earth system change; and,
  • Trains a new generation of data scientists in Earth analytics.
What Your Key Responsibilities Will BeCollect, organize and analyze social-economic and/or environmental science data.What You Should Know
  • For questions about the job, please contact Virginia Iglesias: [email protected]
  • For general information on applying, please contact Dawn Umpleby, Executive Assistant: [email protected]
  • The position will begin as fully remote but the candidate should be prepared to shift to in person when conditions allow, with 80% time (16 hours/week) working in the Earth Lab offices in the SEEC Building on the CU Boulder East Campus.
What We Can OfferThe salary for this position will be $29.18/hour at 20 hours per week.BenefitsThe University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.Be StatementsBe Ambitious. Be Innovative. Be Boulder.What We Require
  • Bachelor’s degree in statistics, economics, environmental sciences, or related fields.
  • Knowledge in data processing and manipulation, including formatting, ingest, and data cleaning.
  • Ability to perform GIS analyses.
What You Will Need
  • Proficiency working with either R or Python.
  • Dedication to open source.
What We Would Like You To HaveExperience in data science and/or a quantitative scientific field.Special InstructionsTo apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover letter addressed to the Search Committee briefly describing your qualifications, professional goals, and specific interest in this position (1-2 pages).
During the application process you will need to enter contact information for two references who will be contacted to provide letters of recommendation as the search progresses.
This posting will close on May 5, 2021. Review of applications will start on May 6, 2021.
Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.
Posting Contact InformationPosting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

Posting Contact Email: [email protected]

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