[ES_JOBS_NET] Grad Student Position: Modeling Zero-Deforestation Commitments in South America

Kimberly Carlson kimberly.carlson at hawaii.edu
Tue Dec 13 14:18:26 MST 2016

The Carlson Lab in the Department of Natural Resources and Environment
(NREM) within the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources
(CTAHR) at the University of Hawaii at Manoa seeks applicants for a funded
graduate research assistant position.

This student will research zero-deforestation commitments in the soybean
sector of South America. The position is part of a Social-Environmental
SYNthesis Center (SESYNC) funded project led by Kimberly Carlson
(University of Hawaii) and Rachael Garrett (Boston University). The student
will compile data on soy supply chains and land use change in South
America, collate information on supply chain commitments by companies, and
develop models to assess the impacts of zero-deforestation commitments in
the soy sector using Dinamica EGO software. The student will also join
virtual meetings with collaborators from around the world, and travel
occasionally to Annapolis Maryland for meetings.

More information on the SESYNC project can be found here:

*QUALIFICATIONS: *The applicant must have expertise in geo-spatial analysis
and programming, experience doing independent research, excellent oral and
written communication ability, good organizational skills, and strong
interest in creating geospatial models. We are looking for someone who is
passionate about tropical conservation and is excited to learn new modeling
techniques and tools. Individuals who speak Portuguese or Spanish, have
lived in South America, have worked for environmental advocacy
organizations or industries related to tropical commodities, have published
in peer-reviewed journals, or those with experience in Dinamica EGO or
other spatial simulation software are especially well qualified for the
position. Applicants must meet the minimum requirements for admittance into
the NREM graduate program, and should have a bachelor’s degree (if
enrolling in the master’s program) or a master’s degree (if enrolling in
the PhD program).

*EXPECTATIONS:* The selected individual is expected to develop and program
geospatial models in Dinamica EGO in close collaboration with the PIs,
write up the research results, travel to Annapolis Maryland for team
meetings, present research findings at regional and international
scientific meetings, seek out and apply for multiple external funding
sources each year, and actively participate in lab group meetings and

*SUPPORT: *The position includes a stipend, and tuition is fully covered by
the University of Hawaii.

*LOCATION:* The University of Hawaii at Manoa <http://manoa.hawaii.edu/> is
in Honolulu, Hawaii, a vibrant community that offers
incredible opportunities for outdoor activities as well as a diverse urban
environment. As part of the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human
Resources <http://www.ctahr.hawaii.edu/>, students in NREM become immersed
in the study of tropical agriculture.

*APPLICATION: *To apply, please send a 2-page cover letter describing how
your career goals and experience/qualifications make you an ideal fit for
the position. Also attach your CV, unofficial transcripts, and contact
information for three references. Send to kimberly.carlson at hawaii.edu.
Applications received by *December 31, 2016* will receive full

*QUESTIONS?* Feel free to contact Dr. Kimberly Carlson with questions about
the position, and check out our lab web site (www.carlson-lab.org) as well
as Dr. Rachael Garrett’s web site (http://www.bu.edu/earth/

A full description of the NREM graduate programs can be found here:
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