Post-doctoral Scholar - School of Earth Sciences & Environmental Sustainability
Full-Time at Northern Arizona University, Schl of Earth Sci & Env Sust
posted on October 2, 2012
This position will be grant funded and not subject to layoff or recall status.
The appointment is for 18 months and is funded by NASA.
Post-Doctoral Scholars are hired on a contract basis according to the terms of ABOR Policy 6-310, "Conditions of Post-Doctoral Service", which may be found at: http://azregents.asu.edu/rrc/Policy&/…
Please include a cover letter outlining scientific background and qualifications, curriculum vitae, and names and contact information of three references with the standard application.
Northern Arizona University seeks a Post-Doctoral Scholar to join an interdisciplinary group working to improve global estimates of land-atmosphere carbon exchange by combining the observational constraints within the NASA Carbon Monitoring System (CMS) Flux Project with new "bottom-up" a priori surface flux estimates derived from the Multi-Scale Synthesis and Terrestrial Model Intercomparison Project (MsTMIP) (http://nacp.ornl.gov/MsTMIP.shtml). The Postdoctoral Scholar will be responsible for:
(1) Creating land-surface input products for the CMS-Flux system using the multi-model ensemble from MsTMIP; and
(2) Evaluating the consistency of the MsTMIP land-surface models with atmospheric CO2 observations using a geostatistical framework.
The successful candidate will work closely with collaborators at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Model Synthesis and Thematic Data Center (MAST-DC) to archive and disseminate the a priori input products created as part of this effort.
The successful candidate will join an interdisciplinary team of scientists focused on improving land-atmosphere carbon flux estimates across continental and global scales, and will be a regular member of the research staff of the School of Earth Sciences and Environmental Sustainability at Northern Arizona University.
Ph.D. in Earth Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Ecology, Forestry, Engineering, or related field.
1) Experience with land-atmospheric carbon flux modeling.
2) Strong quantitative and statistical skills, including spatial and multivariate statistics, Matlab or R, and error analysis.
3) Experience with collaborative interdisciplinary research.
4) A record of publication; and 5) Availability by October 31, 2012.
Knowledge Skills and Abilities
1) Strong communication skills.
2) Ability to function as a productive member of a research team; 3) Excellent organization and/or project management skills; and
4) The ability to work effectively with people from a variety of culturally diverse backgrounds.
Northern Arizona University requires satisfactory results for the following: a criminal background investigation, an employment history verification and a degree verification (in some cases) prior to employment. You may also be required to complete a fingerprint background check.
Additionally, as an employer in the state of Arizona, NAU is required to participate in the federal E-Verify program that assists employers with verifying new employees' right to work in the United States.
Post-Doctoral Scholars are hired on a contract basis, renewable each fiscal year for a maximum of 4 renewals (5 years) according to terms of the Conditions of Post-Doctoral Service, which may be found on the Internet at http://abor.asu.edu/1_the_regents/policymanual/chap6/chap6_part1.htm/…;
NAU offers an excellent benefit package to Post-Doctoral Scholars including generous health, dental and vision insurance; 10 days of vacation and 10 holidays per year; and tuition reduction for employees and qualified family members. Participation in NAU retirement plans is not available to Post-Doctoral Scholars. More information on benefits at NAU is available at www.nau.edu/hr.
October 15, 2012 at midnight.