Location These are flexible positions with 100% virtual/remote work and/or physical location at the St. Paul Campus, University of Minnesota. Virtual, in-person, and hybrid work arrangements will be agreed upon between the candidates and supervisor prior to the start date. Some travel required (5%) to present at scientific meetings and conferences to present and discuss research project findings.
Job Duties The University of Minnesota Department of Forest Resources and USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station are seeking to fill two Researcher 5 positions to support biometrics efforts related to forest carbon estimation in reporting of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and removals in the forest sector. The individuals will assist a team of scientists and analysts from the University of Minnesota and USDA Forest Service to validate and develop new biometrical tools and products to inform forest ecosystem carbon estimation, with application to the USDA Forest Inventory and Analysis program. Individuals will be responsible for overseeing one or two research projects.
The position consists of the following tasks:
(50%) Data analysis using large-scale data products at continental scales to validate and develop new models of forest carbon across the United States.
(25%) Writing technical reports and peer-reviewed research publications based on the project’s findings.
(15%) Writing literature reviews that synthesize forest carbon stock and stock change estimation techniques and outline knowledge gaps and areas of research innovation.
(10%) Developing and delivering presentations on the project to the research team.
PhD or MS in natural resources, geospatial sciences, statistics, forestry, or a closely related field.
One or more years of research experience.
Demonstrated ability to work successfully with a varied mix of internal and external partners from diverse communities and cultures using tact, diplomacy, initiative, and sound judgement.
Experience with statistical techniques and applying them to large-scale datasets at continental scales.
Familiarity and demonstrated experience with using remote sensing technologies.
A proven record of excellent communication skills, including presentations and writings for a variety of audiences.
The University of Minnesota, founded in the belief that all people are enriched by understanding, is dedicated to the advancement of learning and the search for truth; to the sharing of this knowledge through education for a diverse community; and to the application of this knowledge to benefit the people of the state, the nation, and the world.