ORISE Research Fellow–southern US

ORISE/USDA Forest Service, Southern Research Station
Monticello, AR (preferred, but somewhat negotiable)
Job Category
Post Doctoral Appointments
TBD, based on experience. Likely equivalent to GS-11/12 + health insurance
Last Date to Apply
A research opportunity is available with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service (USFS), Southern Research Station (SRS). The SRS and Region 8 seek an ORISE Post-Doctoral Fellow (https://orise.orau.gov/science-education/internships-scholarships-fellowships) to contribute on a joint project to develop the best available science information related to old-growth forests in the southern United States. This research will support the Region’s planning and management on their National Forests and Grasslands. The successful candidate will join a multidisciplinary team of scientists and managers collaborating to document existing literature on old-growth relevant to the region, review and synthesize these materials to support the project, and help integrate the science into a new old-growth guidance document and decision support system being developed. Learning Objectives: Under the guidance of a SRS mentor, the successful fellow candidate will: • Develop a better understanding of the nature of old-growth forests, both in the South and across the US; • Learn the skills needed to produce the best available science intended to support a public land management agency’s planning and management decisions; • Advance the science of old-growth through the review and synthesis of existing literature; • Develop and enhance their skills related to literature review, data synthesis, publication production, and teamwork with a diverse group of professionals; and • Expand their collaborative and networking skills within both Forest Service Research & Development and National Forest System program areas. To see some more details on this opportunity, please go to the following ORISE/Zintellect webpage: https://www.zintellect.com/Opportunity/Details/USDA-USFS-2022-0242 Anticipated Appointment Start Date: This full-time position could be filled immediately (as soon as February 6, 2023) or in the coming weeks but should be no later than April 1, 2023; the actual start date is flexible—it could begin immediately—but is also negotiable, and could depend on a variety of factors. Appointment Length and Participant Stipend: The appointment will initially be for at least a year, but may be extended upon recommendation of USFS and is contingent on the availability of funds. The participant will receive an excellent monthly stipend commensurate with educational level and experience, and health insurance (including a family plan option). Some funding will also be available for materials and supplies and to reimburse project-related travel expenses. This program, administered by ORAU through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), was established through an interagency agreement between DOE and USFS. Participants do not become employees of USDA, USFS, DOE or the program administrator, and there are no employment-related benefits. Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program. Health insurance can be obtained through ORISE. If you have any questions about ORISE, please visit the Program’s website: https://orise.orau.gov/ After reading, if you have additional questions about the application process please email USForestService@orise.orau.gov and include the reference code for this opportunity.
Qualifications: The qualified candidate should have received a doctoral degree in one of the relevant fields. Preferred Skills: • Academic training in areas such as forest ecology, silviculture, ecosystem restoration, and/or modeling at the PhD level • Good literature review and synthesis skills; database-related experience a plus • Interest in participating in interdisciplinary, team-oriented research to help regional forest managers and planners address a critical natural resource • A record of publishing in peer-reviewed journals Eligibility Requirements • Citizenship: Legal Permanent Resident (LPR) or U.S. Citizen • Degree: Awarded Doctoral Degree Applications must be made through the ORISE/ORAU Zintellect website: https://www.zintellect.com/Opportunity/Details/USDA-USFS-2022-0242
Contact Person
Dr. Don C. Bragg
Contact Phone
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