The Natural Resource Ecology Lab at Colorado State University is accepting applications for a Landscape Ecologist, specializing in the conservation of fire-prone landscapes.
A postdoctoral or research scientist position is immediately available (April 2021) with Dr. Julie Heinrichs and research group at the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory, Colorado State University. Research will represent the intersection of landscape ecology, management, fire and invasion, and wildlife conservation. Projects will use spatial and quantitative modeling to identify and assess landscape-level strategies to reduce fire and invasion, and conserve wildlife habitat. The ecologist will lead or contribute to projects that 1) scope the effects of disconnecting invasive fine fuels and 2) simulate and quantify fire impacts and on vegetation, habitat, and wildlife in sagebrush systems. The ecologist will participate in the co-production of actionable science in support of federal agencies and funding partners.
The ideal candidate with have strong spatial and quantitative modeling skills and a broad understanding of landscape, fire, and wildlife ecology. They will have experience handling large datasets, expertise in GIS, and strong coding skills in R. Strong written and verbal communication skills are required, as is the ability to work well in a team that includes interdisciplinary scientists, managers, and modelers. Fire simulation and HexSim modeling skills are a plus. The successful candidate will work in collaboration with partners at the US Geological Survey and Bureau of Land Management.
The initial appointment will be one year, with the possibility of extension contingent on funding. Compensation will include an annual salary of $52,000 – $58,000 per year, benefits, and funds for travel. This position will be hosted at NREL, CSU in Fort Collins, CO; however, remote working is encouraged.
Applicants should apply with CV, contact information for 3 references, and 1-page (max.) cover letter that includes availability to start, and interest in/aptitude for working remotely, and interest in working in an online team environment. Please include a skills section in your CV, describing (in point form or list) the depth of your analysis skills and experience as they relate to: a) manipulating large spatial datasets in GIS and R; b) R and other coding skills; c) statistical analysis completed for past research projects, d) fire, state and transition, and individual-based simulation software experience.
CSU is an EO/EA/AA employer and conducts background checks on all final candidates.