[ES_JOBS_NET] Food, Fuel and Forests: post-doc job opportunity in climate

Erika Marín-Spiotta marinspiotta at wisc.edu
Tue Aug 25 08:26:20 MDT 2015

The Department of Environmental Sciences at the University of Virginia
(UVA) seeks a Research Associate to contribute to research on modeling the
interactions and feedbacks among land use, climate, ecosystem health and
human well-being. Focusing at two scales--global and regional, in east
Africa--the research is funded by a UVA Program of Distinction Grant and
the MacArthur Foundation. The research associate will work with Deborah
Lawrence and an interdisciplinary team at UVA in Charlottesville, Virginia,
with travel to the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in
Boulder, Colorado and possible travel to Africa. The broader research
project aims to 1) evaluate the impact of global land allocation among
food, biofuels and forests on climate, 2) apply results from the global
analysis to the great lakes region of East Africa, 3) develop a framework
to assess the moral/ethical, socio-economic and ecological impacts of
climate regimes based on alternative land use allocations, and 4) determine
the economic, legal and political leverage points for pursuing particular
land-climate regimes. This research associate will focus mainly on climate
modeling (1,2) and ecological impacts (3), using the Community Land Model
(CLM) and the Community Earth System Model (CESM).

The position requires a PhD in earth system science, environmental science,
terrestrial ecology, or a related field and a demonstrated record of
research and publication. The candidate must have experience with data
analysis and visualization (ideally, experience with Fortran and
IDL/Matlab) and numerical models. Candidates need strong knowledge of
terrestrial ecosystems and biosphere-atmosphere interactions, as well as
knowledge of the physical and ecological basis of land surface and
biogeochemical models. In addition, strong skills in verbal and written
communication of scientific results, ability to work both independently and
collaboratively as a member of interdisciplinary teams, and ability to
organize, prioritize, and coordinate multiple tasks are critical skills.
While expertise in climate modeling is not necessary, comfort with,
interest in and enthusiasm for working with computers is required.

This position is funded for two and a half years. Appointment is for one
year with renewal, contingent upon satisfactory performance during annual
reviews. The completion of a Ph.D. in earth system sciences or related
field is required by anticipated appointment start date of October 25,

To apply, complete a Candidate Profile through Jobs at UVa (
https://jobs.virginia.edu) and electronically attach the following: a cover
letter describing research experience, interests, and experience with
interdisciplinary teams, a curriculum vitae, and contact information for
three (3) references; search on posting number 0617021. Review of complete
applications will begin August 31, 2015; however, the position will remain
open until filled.

Questions regarding this position should be directed to:
Deborah Lawrence
dl3c at virginia.edu

Questions regarding the Candidate Profile process or Jobs at UVa should be
directed to:
Rachel Short
rbs2n at virginia.edu

The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to
making a final offer of employment.

The University of Virginia is an equal opportunity/affirmative action
employer. Women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities are
encouraged to apply.

Deborah Lawrence, PhD
Professor of Environmental Sciences
Director, Food Fuel and Forests Global Program of Distinction
University of Virginia
PO Box 400123
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4123

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