Post-Doctoral Research Associate – Remote Sensing/Carbon Flux-Florida

Agency
Archbold Biological Station
Location
Lake Placid, FL
Job Category
Post Doctoral Appointments
Salary
Salary will be commensurate with experience, plus benefits. Starting at ~$48,000
Start Date
10/01/2018
Last Date to Apply
09/21/2018
Website
http://www.archbold-station.org/
Description
Organization Overview and Location Archbold Biological Station (ABS; www.archbold-station.org), through its Division, the MacArthur Agro-ecology Research Center (MAERC; www.maerc.org), is seeking a motivated and creative one-year post-doctoral research associate to join a large collaborative project that is examining how fire and grazing interact to affect greenhouse gas flux, productivity, soil nutrients, and plant community diversity and composition. The post-doc will have the opportunity to join existing data collection efforts as well as develop their own independent project on remote sensing, pasture productivity and carbon flux. Archbold operates a full scale working cattle ranch at MAERC, which provides a unique platform for long-term agro-ecology research. Archbold is an active member in the USDA’s Long-term Agro-ecosystem Research Network (LTAR; www.ars.usda.gov/ltar), a member of the Global Lakes Ecological Observatory Network (www.gleon.org) and also contributes data for NOAA and various state agencies. The position is located at MAERC, a 10,500-acre cattle ranch near Lake Placid, FL. Housing is not included with this position. This is a full-time one-year position with the opportunity for extension depending on satisfactory progress and availability of funding. Job Summary The post-doctoral research associate will be co-supervised by Dr. Elizabeth Boughton at MAERC and by Dr. Nuria Gomez-Casanovas at University of Illinois as well as interact with other collaborators working at the Archbold-UF LTAR site. The post-doctoral research associate will be responsible for assisting in the operation and maintenance of 5 eddy covariance towers at MAERC, conducting quarterly chamber measurements for CH4 and CO2 and analyzing chamber data, conducting monthly soil respiration data, collection of soil and plant material as needed, and weekly collection of soil temperature and moisture data. In addition, the post-doctoral associate will be required to conduct an independent project utilizing remote sensing data (NDVI/EVI), eddy flux data, and biomass clipping data for ground truthing. The goal of this work would be to investigate the relationship of remote sensing products with eddy covariance data and on-the-ground biomass data across several different grassland types in FL (improved pasture, semi-native pasture, native rangeland). Depending on the strength of the statistical relationship, the post-doc could explore scale up to investigate productivity on larger areas of grassland within the headwaters of the Everglades. If funding is obtained for a second year, we would like to investigate web-based tools to make this data available for use by ranch managers. Duties and Responsibilities Data Management • Maintain organized records of all data collected and work with MAERC data manager to upload data into databases, including chamber data, soil respiration, and soil temperature and moisture. • Maintain organized records of all data collected for independent project. Analysis • Analyze data as needed for chambers and for independent project. Reporting • Compile results from analyses in written reports, including graphs and/or tables on a quarterly basis. • Within 13 months of contract start, a complete technical report on the independent project will be due including relevant literature review, results and discussion, as well as a draft outline for a scientific peer-reviewed publication Required Education, Experience, and Skills • PhD and/or post-doctoral experience in remote sensing/GIS is desired. • Experience with database management and working with large datasets. Archbold uses MS Access, MS SQL • Strong analytical skills. Experience with carbon flux datasets and knowledge of program R is preferred. • High level of attention to detail and accuracy. • Ability to be task oriented and complete tasks on a schedule. • Ability to work independently and as part of a team. • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills for working with diverse stakeholders (ranchers, governmental personnel, scientists, etc.) Working Conditions: The position is a combination of fieldwork and office work. The postdoctoral scientist should be able to tolerate working in hot, humid conditions and be prepared for wading through ditches and wet pastures. The work is physical and will require heavy lifting and climbing ladders. Long days and work on weekends may be required during intense data collection campaigns. Competitive salary with full benefits. Applicants should send 1) a letter of application, 2) a resume or CV with relevant coursework and experience, and 3) names, phone numbers and e-mail addresses for three references to Dr. Elizabeth Boughton at eboughton@archbold-station.org. Please submit applications by Sept 21. Contact Dr. Boughton via e-mail or at (863) 699-0242 ext. 2 for more information. Must possess a valid US driver’s license. Must have authorization for US employment. Archbold Biological Station will not provide any kind of visa sponsorship. Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, Minorities, Veterans and Disabled Persons are encouraged to apply.
Qualifications
• PhD and/or post-doctoral experience in remote sensing/GIS is desired. • Experience with database management and working with large datasets. Archbold uses MS Access, MS SQL • Strong analytical skills. Experience with carbon flux datasets and knowledge of program R is preferred. • High level of attention to detail and accuracy. • Ability to be task oriented and complete tasks on a schedule. • Ability to work independently and as part of a team. • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills for working with diverse stakeholders (ranchers, governmental personnel, scientists, etc.) Applicants should send 1) a letter of application, 2) a resume or CV with relevant coursework and experience, and 3) names, phone numbers and e-mail addresses for three references to Dr. Elizabeth Boughton at eboughton@archbold-station.org. Please submit applications by Sept 21. Contact Dr. Boughton via e-mail or at (863) 699-0242 ext. 2 for more information.
Contact Person
Elizabeth Boughton
Contact Phone
863-699-0242 ext. 2
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