Post Doctoral Fellow - EPSCoR

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  • Job Number:522215
  • Classification:Post Doctoral Fellow non represented
  • Grade:Non-Union Faculty Grade 40
  • Work type:On Campus, Post Doc
  • Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • School/Business unit:UAF Geophysical Institute
  • Location:Fairbanks
  • Categories: Research/Science/Grants

Position Summary:

Are you interested in being part of an exciting collaboration between Alaska EPSCoR (Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research) and the Alaska fire management community? The Geophysical Institute (GI) is seeking applications for a one-year Post Doctoral Fellow in fire spread modeling. This position is located in Fairbanks, AK which has access to many hiking and ski trails as well as opportunities to view the northern lights. If you are interested in working within a supportive team environment, we encourage you to apply!


100Research: Run models for active fire characterization. Conduct statistical analysis of model output. Process remote sensing data sets in a command line setting. Work with the project team and Alaska fire management community to address questions of societal relevance. Successfully submit and publish scientific manuscripts to peer-reviewed journals.Essential

Additional Position Information:

This postdoctoral fellowship provides an opportunity to co-produce actionable science that addresses the growing needs of the Alaska wildland fire management community. You will have the opportunity to practice data science and use models for active fire characterization. Observational data from the Alaska EPSCoR Boreal Fire component will also be utilized to interpret and validate models of active fire behavior. Case studies will be prioritized for the 2021 Munson Creek and Dry Creek Fires, for which significant observational data has been collected. This position is affiliated with the GI's Atmospheric Science Group.

Additional Department Information:

EPSCoR is a $20 million, 5-year National Science Foundation cooperative agreement that supports interdisciplinary research to build capacity in the State of Alaska. The project is titled “Fire and Ice: Navigating Variability in Boreal Wildfire Regimes and Subarctic Coastal Ecosystems” and includes a significant research effort to develop seasonal outlooks based on weather/climate and wildland fuel conditions. 

Geophysical Institute:

The Geophysical Institute is a research-driven organization at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. The university offers an attractive work environment and strong benefits including retirement and health insurance, generous leave policies, and tuition waivers for UAF courses. The Geophysical Institute is committed to equity, inclusion, and accountability and values the open sharing of different perspectives. We support a respectful and welcoming environment and a commitment to serving Alaska and Alaskans with strong applied science. Career growth and professional development are expected and encouraged.

As a public, regional, comprehensive university, UAF is committed to building a culturally diverse and inclusive organization and strongly encourages women, minorities, members from marginalized communities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to apply.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:
  • Knowledge of data science, including geospatial data analysis and modeling.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of configuring, running, and interpreting fire behavior models.
  • Ability to publish in peer-reviewed journals and other scholarly publications.
  • Ability to work from a command line.
  • Ability to conduct statistical analysis of model output.
  • Ability to work independently and within a team.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication (oral and written) skills.
Required Experience, Education or Training:

Ph.D. degree (already received, or has completed all requirements and awaiting graduation) in atmospheric sciences, data science, physics, fire sciences, or a related discipline. Must possess terminal degree prior to the start of position. Experience in and ability to work with large meteorological and remote sensing data sets in various formats (e.g., NetCDF and grib).

Strong background in wildfire or ecological science as evidenced by peer-reviewed publications.

Salary Information:

This position is a full-time, Post Doctoral, term-funded, exempt, 9-month position complete with a competitive salary and UA employee benefits package. New hires starting salary will be based on education and experience.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

This position will be physically located at the UAF campus in Fairbanks, Alaska. The successful finalist will be expected to report to duty at the UAF office on the first day of employment.

To ensure consideration, please apply prior to the review date. Applicants must be legally eligible for unrestricted employment to work in the U.S. No work visas will be sponsored for this position.

To apply for this position, please provide a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references with your application.  Please submit your application no later than 12/4/2022 at 11:55 PM Alaska Time. The review of this posting will start on 12/5/2022. This posting will be closed once it is filled.

If you need assistance applying to this posting, please contact GI - Office of Human Resources at 907-474-7357.

UAF COVID Requirements:

Effective immediately, all new UAF hires, whose job function or work location results in the employee being subject to the UAF vaccine requirements guided by the Federal Contractor Employee vaccine mandate*, must be fully vaccinated with an FDA- or WHO- authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccine or have obtained a university-approved disability/medical or religious exemption no later than six weeks from the new hire's start date.

*Employees based on UAF’s Troth Yeddha’ (Fairbanks) campus, regardless of university affiliation and remote work status; Employees based in UAF research units outside Fairbanks (including Seward Marine Center, Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center, HAARP, Poker Flat, Lena Point, and Toolik Field Station); and Employees, regardless of their work location, paid by or directly working on impacted UAF federal contract.

This position is a term-funded position and is reviewed annually for contract renewal at the University's discretion.

The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.

UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual:

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact University of Alaska HR at 907-450-8200.

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