[ES_JOBS_NET] USGS Postdoc Land transformation and ecosystem service modeling related to energy development and wildfire. Denver, CO

Erika Marín-Spiotta marinspiotta at wisc.edu
Sat May 31 16:15:56 MDT 2014

From:    "Diffendorfer, James" <jediffendorfer at USGS.GOV>
Subject: USGS Postdoct =?UTF-8?Q?=E2=80=93?= Land transformation and
ecosystem  service modeling related to energy development and wildfire.
 Denver, CO

The United States Geological Survey is recruiting a postdoctoral scientist
in ecosystem service and geospatial modeling.  The post-doc will play a key
role in the project =E2=80=9CProbabilistic Integrated Resource Assessment T=
ool for
Ecosystem Services=E2=80=9D (PIRATES).   This effort will integrate forecas=
ts of
land transformation and assessments of other biophysical resources to
evaluate the interplay between management, landscape change, and
environmental/economic costs and benefits.  It endeavors to address the
question of how landscape change impacts a suite of resources and how those
impacts may be limited by alternative management activities.  The current
focus of the project is the development of energy resources and wildfire as
drivers of land transformation.

Funding for the fellowship is for 2 years and is subject to renewal for 2
additional years, pending the availability of funding. Remuneration is US
$73,848, plus benefits. The post-doc will work with the following project
co-leads at the USGS Geosciences and Environmental Change Science Center,
Denver, CO (http://gec.cr.usgs.gov/):

=C2=B7         Ken Bagstad (Research Economist), Jay Diffendorfer (Research
Ecologist), Steve Garman (Research Ecologist), Todd Hawbaker (Research
Ecologist), Darius Semmens (Research Physical Scientist).

In addition, strong collaborations exist with geologists and geophysicists
working on energy resource assessments and assessments of produced waters,
as well as with two postdoc=E2=80=99s being hired for modeling fire histori=
es and

Candidates will support the project by taking lead and collaborative roles
in:  1) Developing approaches to link land transformation caused by energy
development or wildfire to impact analyses with the ARIES (
http://www.ariesonline.org/) modeling platform; 2) Writing computer code to
implement the tool; 3) Developing methods and performing analyses to
understand and summarize complex geospatial and temporal patterns of
ecosystem services;  and 4) Publishing the work as journal articles.  As
part of the development, we will investigate the role of energy development
and wildfire on ecosystem services in southwest Wyoming, where existing
research and geospatial data are extensive (http://www.wlci.gov/). The
candidate will have latitude to pursue novel approaches and work with a
broad set of researchers across fields of geology, economics, ecology, and
biophysical modeling.

Applicants should have demonstrated advanced skills in computer science,
biophysical modeling, statistics, ecosystem services, and experience
publishing in peer-reviewed journals. Coding expertise in R, Python, Java
and/or C++, and strong geospatial expertise are desirable.  Experience
modeling ecosystem services with ARIES or other software is not required,
though useful.  The position will be filled as soon as a suitable candidate
is found.

To apply, please prepare a cover letter, curriculum vitae, transcripts, and
contact information for three references. Please send your application via
email, subject line =E2=80=9CPIRATES Post-doc=E2=80=9D to dsemmens at usgs.gov=
.  Applicants
must have received their doctoral or equivalent graduate degree within the
past five years. The degree must be in hand by the selectees starting date.
 Any questions should be directed to:

Darius Semmens or Jay Diffendorfer

United States Geological Survey

Geosciences and Environmental Change Science Center

Denver Federal Center, Bldg 25, MS 980

Denver, CO 80225

dsemmens at usgs.gov, jediffendorfer at usgs.gov
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