Duke University, Nicholas School of the Environment - Durham

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Position ID:Duke-NSOE-Durham-POSTDOC_SWENSON [#15234]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Associate - Quantitative Biodiversity Ecologist
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Durham, North Carolina 27708, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Biology / Biodiversity
Big Data Analytics
Quantitative Methods / Quantitative Modeling
Appl Deadline: finished (2019/10/23, finished 2020/03/12)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed and new applications are no longer being accepted. ***

Postdoctoral Associate- Quantitative Biodiversity Ecologist

Duke’s Nicholas School of Environment is seeking a postdoctoral associate with experience in quantitative modeling of biodiversity and remote sensing. This position will analyze spatio-temporal dynamics of canopy condition, tree mast production, and consumer responses across the continental US. The associate will advance generative joint-attribute Bayesian modeling of these community responses to climate change that incorporates canopy condition and stress from a range of remotely-sensed products, together with inventories of multiple species groups from network data. The researcher will be responsible for coordinating the development, implementation, and support of inputs to the central modeling and data visualization portal.

The candidate must have experience with the R programming language and a background in geospatial and remote sensing analysis.

The candidate should be capable of working independently and collaboratively. The researcher will be expected to prepare results for peer reviewed journals.

Travel to domestic conferences on an annual basis.

The position will be supervised by Drs. Jim Clark and Jennifer Swenson.

Clark Lab: http://sites.nicholas.duke.edu/clarklab

Swenson Lab: http://swensonlab.weebly.com

*Basic Qualifications*

Applicants should hold a PhD in ecology or similar field. Previous doctoral or postdoctoral research experience should include quantitative analysis of large datasets including remote sensing products. Experience in manipulating a range of multispectral remotely sensed products (e.g. MODIS, Sentinel, Landsat) to hyperspectral and lidar. Applicants should be fluent in R, and have experience programming in other languages, such as Python or JavaScript. Experience with Git/GitHub, RMarkdown, Shiny, and Jupyter Notebooks is a plus.

*Preferred Qualifications*

Candidates with 3+ years of experience in Bayesian modeling and/or manipulation of large remotely-sensed datasets. Familiarity with both fine spatial scale measurements (field surveys and remote sensing) and with coarse scale data (remote sensing and geospatial data) Experience in tree physiology/tracking vegetation stress. Interest in modeling whole ecosystems and producer-consumer food energy and data visualization.

*Time Frame*

Position is available immediately. Selected candidate will need to meet all hiring requirements, including a background check, prior to start date. Position has funding for two years. The Nicholas School of the Environment strives for a new paradigm that views and attempts to understand the earth and the environment, including humans, as an integrated whole. Its mission is to create knowledge and global leaders of consequence for a sustainable future. As a result, it seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce to maintain the excellence of the University, and to offer students varied perspectives, ways of knowing, and approaches to learning.

Duke has been named as a best place to work by several publications and organizations, including Forbe’s Magazine 2019 list of, “America’s Best Employers” ,” Carolina Parent, Computerworld, The Scientist, and the American Association of Retired Persons, among others. Surrounded by thousands of acres of undeveloped woodlands and gardens, Duke University boasts one of the most beautiful campuses in the world. Duke's hometown is Durham, North Carolina, a city with vibrant research, medical and arts communities, and numerous shops, restaurants and theaters. Durham is one of three municipalities, along with Raleigh and Chapel Hill, that form the Research Triangle, a growing metropolitan area of more than one million people that provides a wide range of cultural, recreational and educational opportunities.

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual’s age, color, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas-an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.

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Email/list headers: Postdoc@ Duke; Quantitative Ecologist

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