Position: Assistant Research Professor
Appointment: 9 months
Location: School of Informatics, Computing, and Cyber Systems, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona, USA
Position Summary: Northern Arizona University is seeking a Research Assistant Professor of quantitative forest ecophysiology to lead projects in tree growth responses to drought and climate change. The primary objective of this position is to work with a research team to produce and analyze new and existing dendrochronologies from trees in the western US to evaluate the impacts of extreme climate events on tree and forest productivity across the western US. Applicants must have: (1) a PhD in biology, ecology, or closely related field; (2) experience publishing scientific papers in the areas of forest ecology, quantitative ecology, or tree physiology; (3) experience with tree rings, including tree and site selection, field sample collection and processing, and formal generation of tree ring datasets (dendrochronologies); (4) the ability to develop and implement Bayesian hierarchical models of tree growth, especially stochastic antecedent models (SAMs); (5) strong computing skills (knowledge of R, JAGS/OpenBUGS/Stan, and high-performance computing); (6) skills to manage and utilize large datasets; (7) successfully obtained grant funding (e.g. NSF); (8) experience mentoring undergraduate students, graduate students, or field assistants. This is a soft-money position, and applicants must have the ability to obtain external funding (e.g., grants) to support their salary and research needs. All application materials should be submitted in PDF format and include: (1) curriculum vitae, (2) cover letter describing interest in position and qualifications relevant to the position, and (3) contact information for 3 professional references. To apply, go to Careers @ NAU (https://in.nau.edu/human-resources/current-job-openings/), click “Current openings,” then “Career opportunities,” then search “Faculty, Library, Administrator” using vacancy number 606826. For full consideration, applications should be submitted by December 21, 2022. The position is expected to begin in January 2023. NAU is a committed Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution; women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.