Post-Doctoral Fellow, Adaptive Silviculture for Climate Change

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado
09 Jul 2018
End of advertisement period
06 Aug 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Description of Work Unit

The Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship at Colorado State University is interdisciplinary with programs of emphasis in forestry, fire science, fire management, natural resource policy/planning, rangeland ecology, and restoration ecology. The Department’s faculty and staff support the Warner College of Natural Resources (WCNR) and the University in fulfilling the Land Grant Mission in these programmatic areas.

The Department offers undergraduate majors in Forestry, Rangeland Ecology, and Natural Resources Management, in addition to master of science and doctor of philosophy degrees, and a Master’s in Natural Resource Stewardship degree. The Warner College is home to five academic departments and several centers and institutes such as the Colorado Forest Restoration Institute, the WESTFIRE Research Center, the Colorado State Forest Service, Natural Resource Ecology Lab, the Center for Environmental Management of Military lands and the Colorado Natural Heritage Program. These programs, institutes and centers provide a foundation for research, education and outreach in this field.

Position Summary

The postdoctoral fellow will be responsible leading the development of new, cross-site research for the Adaptive Silviculture for Climate Change (ASCC) project to provide land managers on-the-ground examples of climate change adaptation actions. The postdoc will develop and write grant applications to explore cross-site research questions pertaining to the ASCC project that lead to the publication of peer-reviewed manuscripts. This position will also assist with cross-site maintenance and long-term data collection to promote the advancement of climate-adaptive silviculture research and outreach at the national level.

Required Job Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in forestry, natural resources, or related field completed by start date.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license or the ability to obtain a driver’s license or access to a licensed driver by the employment start date.

Preferred Job Qualifications

  • Prior experience with grant proposal development, writing, and project implementation.
  • Evidence of scientific and technical writing for peer-reviewed publication.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal, oral presentation, and written communication skills in natural resource topics to diverse groups of technical and non-technical audiences.
  • Experience with data management, database applications, and statistical analysis of ecological datasets.
  • Demonstrated understanding of silvicultural methods and treatments at the stand and landscape scales.
  • Knowledge of climate science pertaining to ecosystems and adaptation strategies.
  • Experience conducting ecological field research in forested ecosystems with knowledge of North American forest types.
  • Demonstrated ability to organize, prioritize, and manage multiple work projects and types of activities with attention to detail and within project deadlines.

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

  • Collaborate with science and management partners in developing and implementing field studies, including study design, data collection analysis, synthesis and reporting on responses to climate-adaptive management across the National ASCC Network
  • Collaborate with National ASCC PIs and Site Leads to advance cross-site research questions
  • Work with collaborators on manuscripts suitable for publication in refereed journals

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Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Project Management (Grant Writing and Data Management) Duty/Responsibility

  • Work with collaborators to develop competitive grant proposals to advance National ASCC Network research
  • Help manage budgets for individual grant projects and track accomplishments
  • Help establish management plan and policies for long-term, cross-site data collection and management of the ASCC project

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Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Outreach Duty/Responsibility

  • Communicate research findings to managers and scientific communities in a variety of platforms

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Application Details

Special Instructions to Applicants

References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.

Application materials consist of:

  • CV
  • Cover letter
  • Three professional references

Conditions of Employment

Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires), Valid Driver’s License

Search Contact

Linda Nagel.

EEO Statement

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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.

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