||College of Forestry - Department of Forest Ecosystems & Society
||Oregon State University - Corvallis
The Department of Forest Ecosystems & Society at Oregon State University invites applications for one full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Postdoctoral Scholar position in Modeling Climate Responses of Pacific Northwest Vegetation.
The goal of this work is to advance forest ecosystem modeling at regional and sub-regional scales in Pacific Northwest and Alaska forest ecosystems using multiple dynamic global vegetation models (DGVMs). In collaboration with USFS technical staff, the postdoctoral scholar will use the MC2 and BioMAP DGVMs to simulate forest response to climate change using downscaled CMIP5 climate data. Furthermore, the postdoctoral scholar will evaluate these DGVMs in comparison to other terrestrial biome models such as CLM-ED and LPJ. There is a dual opportunity in this position to produce practical guidance for the regions’ forest managers and policy makers, while exploring and advancing DGVM and biogeochemical modeling approaches.
Qualified applicants should have expertise in ecosystem modeling. Extensive experience with at least one vegetation and/or biogeochemical model is desirable, as is using empirical datasets for calibration, validation and/or analysis, including remote sensing products. Candidates with a strong background in forest ecology, biogeochemistry, and related fields are desired. Candidates must be able to read, revise and execute ecosystem model code. The candidate will be expected to coordinate research activities, develop refereed publications, and present research results at professional conferences. A competitive salary is available, along with a generous benefits package, and the start date is somewhat flexible but should be no later than Jan. 31, 2015. The appointment will be made initially for one year with possibility of extension for an additional year, conditional upon performance. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Dean of the College of Forestry at OSU.
70% - Model development and execution
30% - Publishing: Publish results in the peer-reviewed literature.
The successful candidate will evaluate downscaled climate change projections and vegetation model simulations at regional and sub-regional scales for the national forests of the US Pacific Northwest and Alaska. This includes the following tasks:
1. Design an effective framework for evaluating downscaled climate datasets and models;
2. Identify relevant datasets, vegetation models, and outputs for the Pacific Northwest and Alaska;
3. Perform additional vegetation model simulations;
4. Evaluate downscaled climate datasets;
5. Evaluate skill of vegetation models;
6. Evaluate sensitivity of vegetation models to climate datasets;
|Working Conditions/Work Schedule:
||Computer programming and analysis in an office setting at Oregon State University.
||A Ph.D. ecology, chemistry, earth system science, forestry, geography, atmospheric science, civil engineering or a related discipline from an accredited university is required.
||Priority will be given to those with demonstrated experience and expertise in ecosystem process model development, and working knowledge of programming languages such as C, FORTRAN, R, MATLAB, or Python. Experience with analysis of remotely sensed or eddy covariance data is also helpful. The successful candidate will have excellent written and oral communication skills with demonstrated ability to publish in peer-reviewed journals, and to work well in a collaborative team environment.
Closing date: 10-31-2014
For further information, please contact Dr. Christopher Still at firstname.lastname@example.org or Dr. John Kim at email@example.com.
Qualified applicants should send a cover letter describing their research experience and interests, a curriculum vita, and reference contact information to: Prof. Christopher Still, Forest Ecosystems and Society, 321 Richardson Hall, Oregon State University Corvallis, OR 97331-5752 firstname.lastname@example.org (email preferred).
For more information about the Postdoc Scholar Appointment please see http://gradschool.oregonstate.edu/postdocs