The School of the Environment at Washington State University seeks a postdoctoral scientist in wildfire ecology. The successful candidate will work with Dr. Arjan Meddens to examine the ecological importance of wildfire refugia. The successful candidate will analyze field and geospatial data to locate and rank the importance of unburned areas within fire perimeters. Areas that do not burn within fire perimeters can act as fire refugia, providing (1) protection from the detrimental effects of the fire, (2) seed sources, and (3) post-fire habitat for plants and animals. This highly relevant research will aim to improve ecosystem resilience to future disturbances across the larger landscape under rapidly changing climate conditions.
This position has 1 year of postdoctoral funding available with the possibility of more funding on a similar project the following year. Annual compensation package is competitive and depends on experience.
A PhD is required in forest ecology, geography, geoinformation science, environmental science, fire science, or a related field. A strong quantitative background as demonstrated by paperes published, courses taken, programming skills, and GRE scores, is required.
Field experience and a well-rounded educational background in ecology, geography, and fire science is desired.
Screening of Applicants will begin 11/15/2019. At the time of application, please be prepared to submit a (1) cover letter, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) and the contact information for at least three professional references.
We seek a sincere, motivated, and creative individual to apply for an exciting PhD assistantship in Forest Ecosystem Dynamics at Washington State University. The successful candidate will work with Dr. Arjan Meddens to examine the spatial and temporal patterns of ecosystem dynamics across the western United States. You will work on highly relevant research which aims to improve ecosystem resilience to future disturbances across the larger landscape under rapidly changing climate conditions. Research topics of interest include: (1) the dynamics of fire refugia and utilization of fire refugia by plant or animal species, (2) spatial and temporal patterns of bark beetle outbreaks, and/or (3) the utilization of high-resolution (UAV) lidar applications for
forest measurements. A genuine interest in teaching is required and an interest in natural resource management applications is highly desired. Two-year RA funding is available with more funding possible in year 3 and 4 of the PhD. The successful candidate will be housed in the School of the Environment at Washington State University, which has great collaborative faculty with expertise in both the social and biophysical sciences.
Requirements: Good interpersonal skills as wells as a strong quantitative background – as demonstrated by courses taken, programming skills, and GRE scores. Field experience and a well-rounded educational background in ecology, geography, fire science, natural resource management and an active interest in teaching is desired. In addition, a candidate with an FAA drone pilot license or an interest in obtaining one would be preferred. The position will begin as soon as a successful candidate is identified, with start of coursework either in the 2020 Spring or Fall semesters. Annual compensation package is competitive and depends upon experience.
If you like to be considered for the position, please send a letter of interest and a CV to Dr. Arjan Meddens (firstname.lastname@example.org).