Postdoctoral Research Associate Position:
Future Scenarios of Landscape Change in New England
Review of applications begins on March 30th, 2015
The Harvard Forest invites applications for a post-doctoral research
position to contribute to a multi-institutional study of future land-use
scenarios and their consequences on ecosystem functions and services in
New England. The successful candidate will be a member of Jonathan
Thompson’s Landscape Ecology Lab at the Harvest Forest and will work in
close collaboration with Kathy Fallon Lambert, David Foster and members of
the Scenarios Services and Society Research Coordination Network. We are
seeking a natural or social scientist with experience conducting regional-
scale socio-ecological research. The candidate should be interested in
using a scenarios approach to better understand how land uses—such as
conservation, forestry, land conversion and agriculture—may change as a
result of climate change and, in turn, what impacts the altered land-use
regime would have on regional ecosystems.
Work Location: The post-doc will be based at Harvard Forest in Petersham,
Required Qualifications: Ph.D. (awarded by start date) in ecology,
geography, hydrology, land change science, social science or related
field. Evidence of strong scholarship, including peer-reviewed
publications. Proven ability to plan and conduct independent research
projects from beginning to end. Interest in translating and communication
research for land use decisions.
Preferred Experience: Conducting complex spatial analyses (e.g. landscape
and land change simulations, GIS, remote sensing, and spatial statistics);
experience with statistical modeling of large datasets (FIA, Census, NWOS
etc); skilled at scripting within the R and/or Python programming
languages; or experience with qualitative and content analysis methods.
Candidates without experience in large landscape analysis should clearly
demonstrate how their skillset would complement the future scenarios
research. For example, an applicant with relevant experience in decision
science, ecological economics, or natural resource sociology should be
explicit about how they envision their skills contributing to the project.
Appointment: We will begin reviewing applications on March 30, 2015. There
is some flexibility around the start date, but Spring 2015 would be ideal.
All formal written offers will be made by Harvard University, Faculty of
Arts and Sciences Human Resources. Initial appointment of one year is
renewable up to three years based on performance.
Harvard Forest, an internationally recognized center for basic and applied
research in ecology, conservation and ecosystem studies, with 40 full-time
staff is one of 26 Long Term Ecological Research sites across the country
sponsored by the National Science Foundation. The Forest facilities
include a research and administrative complex, 3500 acres of land, and
residential buildings. The Forest is located in Petersham, a small rural
town in north central Massachusetts about 70 miles west of Cambridge.
Salary: Commensurate with experience and includes health insurance
benefits through Harvard University
To apply: Send CV, PDFs of relevant publications, and the names and
contact info for three references to Jonathan Thompson: