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Postdoctoral Research Associate in Ecological Forecasting

Position Summary: A new position for a postdoctoral research associate will be available in the Carey and Thomas Labs, a vibrant, highly collaborative, interdisciplinary research team working on ecological forecasting at Virginia Tech. This position will be part of a new NSF-supported project to develop ecological forecasts and forecasting teaching modules as part of Macrosystems EDDIE (Environmental Data-Driven Inquiry & Exploration; MacrosystemsEDDIE.org). We envision the postdoc will leverage the new forecasting capacity emerging from our Smart Reservoir project (SmartReservoir.org) and the Ecological Forecasting Initiative-Research Coordination Network (ecoforecast.org). Research activities will include: developing innovative educational materials and R Shiny apps that provide instruction on the foundations of ecological forecasting; coordinating the pedagogical assessment of teaching modules; generating aquatic and terrestrial forecasts with NEON (National Ecological Observatory Network) and GLEON (Global Lake Ecological Observatory Network) data; leading training sessions on the teaching modules; communicating forecasts and research findings via peer-reviewed publications; and collaborating with instructors and researchers at other universities. The position start date will be flexible, aiming to start in Spring/early Summer 2020. The position will be for two years, contingent upon a successful one-year review.

Anticipated start date: 5/15/2020 (but flexible)

Required Qualifications:
-We are seeking a Ph.D. in ecology, environmental science, or related field with significant quantitative research experience in ecological forecasting, ecosystem science, and/or data analysis.
-The candidate must have experience working in the R programming language.

Preferred Qualifications:
-Experience working with ecosystem models
-Experience in teaching, developing, and/or assessing undergraduate curricula
-Experience developing ecological forecasts
-Substantial experience in R or equivalent programming languages (e.g., Matlab, Python)
-Experience with collaborative coding projects and using versioning control tools (e.g., Git)
-Experience in statistical analysis and/or probability
-Experience in analyzing long-term and high-frequency sensor environmental data
-Experience in publishing peer-reviewed journal articles
-Demonstrated ability to work in interdisciplinary collaborative teams

How to apply: Candidates should submit: 1) a cover letter explaining their research experience and how it fits the required and preferred qualifications of the postdoctoral position, as well as how they envision the position to align with their future goals; 2) a CV; and 3) names and contact information for three references to the jobs.vt.edu website. Apply to posting #510610. Virginia Tech is committed to building a culturally diverse faculty and strongly encourages applications from women and minorities.

Application Review date: September 13, 2019