[ES_JOBS_NET] Post-Doc: Mapping High Carbon Stock Forests @NCEAS (Santa Barbara, CA)

Kim Carlson kimcarlson at gmail.com
Tue Dec 18 16:47:46 MST 2018

The Science for Nature and People Partnership (SNAPP)
<https://snappartnership.net/> seeks a postdoctoral fellow to collaborate
on a new, two-year project titled “Landscape-scale forest assessments to
support zero-deforestation supply chains.” This project is designed to
empower the participation of small producers in zero-deforestation supply
chains and support companies and governments to make conservation decisions
based on landscape-scale connectivity. The project focuses on the High
Carbon Stock Approach (HCSA), a multi-stakeholder initiative that has
emerged as a leading tool for corporate and public implementation of
zero-deforestation commitments. The work focuses on oil palm in Indonesia.
Our team of working group participants from academia, farmer cooperatives,
industry, and non-profits, will seek new scientific innovations that enable
1) greater participation of smallholder producers in zero-deforestation
supply chains; 2) higher confidence in the benefits of corporate
zero-deforestation commitments and 3) improved conservation planning
through the integration of landscape-scale connectivity assessment.

The selected postdoctoral fellow will work closely with co-PIs Robert
Heilmayr <http://www.es.ucsb.edu/people/robert-heilmayr> (University of
California, Santa Barbara) and Kimberly Carlson
<https://carlson-lab.org/> (University
of Hawaii, Manoa). In addition, the postdoc will contribute to a team that
values richly varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing and
learning, and includes leading remote sensing scientists, conservation
biologists, and practitioners from academia, non-profits and the private
sector. The position will be based at the National Center for Ecological
Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) <https://www.nceas.ucsb.edu/>.

Primary responsibilities may include but are not limited to: 1) help design
and participate in SNAPP working group meetings, 2) work with smallholders
to identify and develop tools and technical guidelines that are well-suited
to enhancing their participation in zero-deforestation supply chains; 3)
integration of existing, corporate conservation assessments into a flexible
database of forest types; 4) creation of machine learning models to
distinguish forest types from remotely sensed data; 5) connectivity
modeling to inform effective landscape-scale conservation plans; and 6)
communication of scientific advances through academic publications.

The Science for Nature and People Partnership (SNAPP) is a collaboration
between The Nature Conservancy (TNC), the Wildlife Conservation Society
(WCS), and the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis
(NCEAS) to create a fundamentally different way to identify and tackle
large-scale challenges that threaten the integrity of nature and human

NCEAS (www.nceas.ucsb.edu) is a unique research center located in scenic
downtown Santa Barbara and part of the University of California, Santa
Barbara. The Center is known for fostering collaboration and data driven
analysis. NCEAS has a growing and thriving community of postdocs, resident
scientists, and analysts, and frequent influx of leading scientists and
practitioners from around the world participating in working group projects
across a diverse range of initiatives. Postdocs contribute their varied
experiences, knowledge, interests, and enthusiasm, fostering the diverse
intellectual atmosphere of the Center.

At minimum, applicants must have:
• A PhD conferred in geography, ecology, economics, or a related field by
January 1, 2019


Collaboration and leadership
• Experience collaborating with or leading interdisciplinary research teams
• Experience participating in, organizing and moderating multi-stakeholder
• Ability to work independently and collaborate as part of a team

• Excellent written communication skills, including peer-reviewed
• Outstanding interpersonal skills, including demonstrated ability to
communicate, primarily in English, with individuals and organizations
outside of academia (e.g., NGOs, businesses)
• Proficiency speaking, reading, and/or writing Indonesian

Analytical skills and systems knowledge
• Experience with remote sensing and spatial analysis
• Computational expertise in at least one programming language (e.g.,
Python, R)
• Experience using Google Earth Engine or other machine learning or
artificial intelligence platform
• Experience using habitat connectivity and/or conservation planning models
• Familiarity with smallholder and/or tropical commodity agricultural
production systems and supply chains

22 months, with potential for reappointment.

Annual salary based on qualifications and prior years of postdoc
experience. Full benefits package included.

Start date February 2019.

Please apply through UC Recruit: https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/apply/JPF01447
Primary consideration given to completed applications submitted by January
17, 2019. Otherwise, open until filled.
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