We seek a postdoctoral researcher to develop, test, and apply a fire module across the Arctic-boreal zone within an ecosystem process model. The postdoctoral researcher will survey current fire models, develop a fire module within the DVM-DOS-TEM model, calibrate and validate fire regime properties including burned area, carbon emissions, and fire-permafrost interactions using available field and geospatial data, and apply the model across the high latitudes. This position is part of a larger project to monitor and project Arctic-boreal carbon emissions, inform climate mitigation policy, and facilitate climate adaptation in permafrost regions. The successful candidate will work within a highly collaborative environment including a team of process modelers, remote sensing experts, and field scientists, and have opportunities to communicate project results and engage with different audiences through in-person and virtual meetings, multimedia outreach materials, and website design.
- Survey existing process fire models for their applicability in boreal forests and arctic tundra and their potential integration into DVM-DOS-TEM.
- Integrate a fire module in DVM-DOS-TEM.
- Optimize parameters and algorithms, and independently verify their performance, using existing field and geospatial data.
- Apply the resulting model across the Arctic-boreal zone.
- Lead manuscript preparation and publication.
- Present results at relevant conferences and meetings.
- Work closely with a team of Arctic researchers to understand and communicate the implications of changing fire regimes, carbon budgets, and permafrost thaw on Arctic residents and global climate.
Qualifications and Experience:
- Ph.D. (granted or expected soon) in Earth System Science, Environmental Sciences, Ecology, Geography, Biological Sciences, Computer Science, or a related discipline.
- Demonstrated ability to develop and apply ecosystem models, conduct spatial analysis, and manage large data sets.
- Experience in modeling wildfire, arctic-boreal ecosystems, and/or DVM-DOS-TEM preferred but not expected.
- Demonstrated record of publication in scientific journals.
- Ability to work as a member of a highly collaborative team, work across disciplines, and interest in contributing to broader science, communication, and policy goals.
Application review will begin on January 3, 2022 and will be ongoing until the opportunity is closed.
Desired Start Date: March 7, 2022
Classification and Compensation: This is a full-time, salaried, exempt position. The annual salary range is $65,000 - $70,000. This is a three-year fixed-term appointment with the potential to extend. Woodwell offers a generous benefits package and work life balance.
Location: Falmouth, Massachusetts (remote work location is feasible)
Application Instructions: To apply, please send your cover letter addressing your experience and qualifications in relation to the responsibilities of this position, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references as a single PDF to our careers portal. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Please type Postdoctoral Researcher - Arctic Fire Modeling on all correspondence.
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