[ES_JOBS_NET] Postdoc in Regional Land Use Change and Urbanization Modeling

Erika Marín-Spiotta marinspiotta at wisc.edu
Mon Aug 15 20:28:27 MDT 2016

Postdoc in Regional Land Use Change and Urbanization Modeling

Background and Position Description

Boise State University in Boise, Idaho is pleased to announce an exciting
opportunity in modeling land use change and urbanization. In support of a
statewide National Science Foundation grant (IIA-1301792) and expanding
research capacity in Human-Environment Systems, the researcher will conduct
regional-scale spatial modeling of land use. Datasets and scenarios that you
develop as a postdoc will support hydrologic modeling of managed systems and
estimation of the future spatial distribution of domestic, commercial,
municipal, and industrial water use.

As the postdoctoral researcher, your primary research duties will be to:

1) Develop and apply spatial population, urbanization, and land use models
in a region experiencing significant exogenous pressures on land use
2) Analyze extant demographic, socioeconomic, infrastructure, water rights
and land use data to inform and develop plausible alternative scenarios
of land use change,
3) Work collaboratively with a team of cross-disciplinary biophysical and
social scientists, and develop appropriate collaborations/exchanges at
institutions outside of Boise State.

When hired you will join the Human-Environment Systems (HES) Initiative at
Boise State, which includes biophysical and social scientists interested in
modeling coupled food-energy-water systems, wildlife-human-ecosystem
interactions, land use system dynamics, and the role of social learning on
environmental management. The HES Initiative is administratively housed in
Boise State’s College of Innovation and Design, but collaborates closely
with faculty from departments across campus including Geosciences,
Sciences, Anthropology, and Public Policy and Administration.

Position Requirements, Qualifications, and Compensation

You should have a Ph.D. in an appropriate field (e.g., physical and human
geography, land use science, geoscience, civil and environmental
urban studies and planning, remote sensing, ecosystem science) at the time

These criteria will be used to assess your fitness for the position:

1) Expertise in geospatial data and modeling,
2) Experience with remote sensing products used to derive spatiotemporal
land use information and assess model predictions,
3) Proficiency in at least one scientific programming language (Python, R,
and/or Matlab preferred),
4) Familiarity with the use of geographical information systems.

Funding is available for up to two years, provided successful review and
satisfactory research progress after the first year of employment.
Anticipated salary for the position is $45,000 per year with an excellent
benefits package is available for eligible employees.

How to Apply

If you are interested in this position, you will apply via Boise State’s
Talent Acquisition
portal: https://boisestate.taleo.net/careersection/ex/
[1]. There you will need to upload the following documents:

1) A letter of interest addressed to Dr. Alejandro Flores,
2) A current CV with professional references,
3) One published or submitted manuscript demonstrating prior work relevant
to the position

Please also notify via email professors Alejandro Flores
<http://www.czen.org/contact/lejoflores/boisestate/edu> [2]), Shawn Benner (
<http://www.czen.org/contact/sbenner/boisestate/edu> [3]),
and Jodi Brandt (jodibrandt[at]boisestate[dot]edu
<http://www.czen.org/contact/jodibrandt/boisestate/edu> [4]) when your
application is
complete. We will begin reviewing documents immediately and continue until
the position is filled.

Additional Background

Boise State is Idaho’s largest Carnegie Doctoral Research University,
enrolling the largest number of graduate students in Idaho, which President
Barack Obama has specifically identified for a culture of innovation [5]. It
is among 20 global universities identified by Times Higher Education as on a
trajectory “to become globally renowned in the next 10 to 20 years [6].”
Boise is an ideal place to live – a hub of government, business, arts,
recreation of all types, health care, industry and technology.

Boise accolades: http://www.bvep.org/facts/national-accolades.aspx [7]
Boise State University: http://www.boisestate.edu/ [8]
LEAF group: http://leaf.boisestate.edu/ [9]
Human-Environment Systems Initiative: http://hes.boisestate.edu/ [10]
Geosciences department: http://earth.boisestate.edu/ [11]
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