Postdoctoral Researcher - Econometrics & Spatial Statistics

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado
14 Oct 2016
End of advertisement period
11 Nov 2016
Contract Type
Full Time

Posting Details

Posting Detail Information

Working Title Postdoctoral Researcher - Econometrics & Spatial Statistics Research Professional Position Yes Posting Number 201600830AP Position Type Admin Professional/Research Professional Number of Vacancies Work Hours/Week 40 Proposed Annual Salary Range $62,028 Desired Start Date 12/01/2016 Position End Date (if temporary) Open Posting Date Open Until Filled Yes To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) on 10/23/2016 Description of Work Unit

Forests, rangelands, and aquatic ecosystems support human societies, the environment, and the wealth of life on Earth. The Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship consists of foresters, range scientists, hydrologists, and social scientists that study natural environmental processes and how they interact with human systems.

The Department offers comprehensive undergraduate and graduate programs in a wide variety of disciplines within forestry, natural resources management, and rangeland ecology.

Position Summary

The post-doctoral researcher will work in close collaboration with university colleagues and the USDA Forest Service Southern Research Station to evaluate, at a national forest level using aggregate fire data, the connection between current fire and historical forest management, increasing wildland-urban interface development and climate change. Using panel regression and spatial statistics, this position will address a set of fire related hypotheses, specifically focusing on the impact of fire as a ‘fuel treatment’, and thus the impact of suppression activities in reducing the scope of fire as a fuel treatment.

Required Job Qualifications

PhD in econometrics, statistics or a related discipline, with basic understanding of spatial analysis.

Preferred Job Qualifications

Strong analytical ability and problem solving skills are highly desired.
Demonstrated record of publications in scientific literature is highly desired. Experience in wildland fire policy, fire economics and forest management is highly desired.

Diversity Statement

Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Research Duty/Responsibility

• Collecting available data on fires by location, cause, duration, and expenditure, to the extent possible, for individual national forests or districts, nationwide.
• Collecting available data on WUI extent, climate and drought/precipitation measures, and previous suppression activities or expenditures.
• Collecting available data on fuel treatments conducted, or harvests conducted on public lands.
• Using available GIS and statistical software to conduct both spatial and nonspatial statistical analyses of the data.
• Testing Panel, OLS, and other types of models and select the best models from amongst the candidates.
• Using the best models to evaluate possible futures based on hypothetical changes in WUI, suppression, treatment or harvest acres, and climate changes
• Preparation of a manuscript suitable for publication in a refereed journal

Percentage Of Time 80 Job Duty Category Project Management Duty/Responsibility

• Collaborate with stakeholders to obtain data
• Communicate research findings to stakeholders

Percentage Of Time 20 Application Details

Special Instructions to Applicants

References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.

Conditions of Employment Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires) Search Contact EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

References Requested

Minimum Requested Maximum Requested Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Will you have a PhD in econometrics, statistics or a related discipline, with basic understanding of spatial analysis by the start date of the position?
    • Yes
    • No

Applicant Documents Required Documents

  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of Professional References

Optional Documents