Open date: August 4th, 2021
Last review date: Monday, Aug 30, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.
Final date: Tuesday, Nov 30, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.
The Assistant Project Scientist makes significant and creative contributions to better understanding the tropical forest carbon cycle through tower-based remote sensing, plant physiology measurements, and modelling. The appointee possesses the subject matter expertise and the creative energy necessary to function at a high level of competence. The appointee will participate in activities to increase, improve, or upgrade competency. Appointees with Project (e.g., Scientist) titles may engage in University and public service. They do not have teaching responsibilities. Although the Project Scientist is expected to work independently under the general guidance of an academic member with an independent research program (i.e., Professor, Professional Researcher, Specialist in Cooperative Extension, etc), he/she/they is not required to develop an independent research program or reputation. He/she will carry out research or creative programs with supervision by an individual in an academic title that carries with it automatic Principal Investigator status. The Project Scientist does not usually serve as a Principal Investigator but may do so by exception.
Research activity (80%)
This position requires creative contributions to and collaborative development of an active research program investigating the tropical forest carbon cycle as part the NASA Carbon Cycle Science program. The candidate will help to determine research goals in consultation with the Principal Investigator. He/she/they will design specific projects, including the selection of appropriate methods and techniques. In general, the Assistant Project Scientist will parameterize the a biophysical radiative transfer model (SAIL) with field data and perform model simulations for La Selva Biological Statin, Costa Rica. The candidate will also participate in seasonal intensives to perform leaf-scale plant physiology measurements with a graduate student at UCLA so that both leaf-scale instruments are used in parallel. The postdoc will also assist with installation and removal of long-term field equipment, and work with the entire team of researchers from UCLA and the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory integrate measurements into models. In some cases the candidate may supervise students or technicians regarding the technical aspects of the research, including methods development, trouble-shooting problems, interpreting results and planning follow-up experiments.
The candidate will publish research results in peer-reviewed journals, books and other outlet either independently or in collaboration with the PI or other members of the research team.
PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCE AND ACTIVITY (10%)
The candidate will participate in professional societies and conferences appropriate to his/her specific field and will serve as a reviewer of research proposals and scientific publications as appropriate. The candidate will attend seminars to present research results and may give oral presentations to public and professional interest groups.
When appropriate, the candidate may coordinate and/or give presentations at seminars, laboratory meetings or educational functions.
A. PhD in field of plant physiology, remote sensing, or earth system science (Ph.D. must be obtained by time of appointment.)
B. Experience doing research tropical forests
C. Demonstrated scientific independence and creativity
D. Highly collaborative, cross-disciplinary thinker
E. Postdoctoral experience
F. Strong programming skills in R or Python
G. Strong publication record
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