Quantitative Ecologist and/or Data Scientist Postdoctoral Research Associate

University of Arizona

Job title:

Quantitative Ecologist and/or Data Scientist Postdoctoral Research Associate


University of Arizona

Job description

Quantitative Ecologist and/or Data Scientist Postdoctoral Research Associate

Posting Number req14024

Department AZ Inst for Resilience

Department Website Link https://www.environment.arizona.edu/

Location Main Campus

Address Tucson, AZ USA

Position Highlights Arizona Institutes for Resilience (AIR) at the University of Arizona invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Associate appointment with Bridging Biodiversity & Conservation Science (BBCS). The position emphasizes applying quantitative analysis skills to cross-disciplinary frameworks to hone key professional skills and advance the integration of research. Successful candidates will generate solutions to global grand challenges of climate change in biodiversity and conservation science, governance and policy, human health, and food systems infrastructure.

BBCS provides professional development support for academic career goals with faculty mentorship and support for government, industry, or other career pathways through collaborations with research partners. Additional training, certifications, and career development resources are available throughout the University and from UA Postdoctoral Affairs.

BBCS is an interdisciplinary research team of faculty and postdoctoral fellows established in 2016 contributing robust and predictive research in emergent issues around climate change to prevent species extinction, preserve ecosystem and human health, and sustain food security across multiple scales. By forecasting future environments and patterns of governance and biodiversity under changing physical, social, & economic conditions, we anticipate future challenges and opportunities, and develop governance and conservation strategies to address these issues. Learn about our work here.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

The University of Arizona has been recognized for our innovative work-life programs. For more information about working at the University of Arizona and relocations services, please .

Duties & Responsibilities

Duties & responsibilities:

  • Work under the supervision of a primary BBCS Faculty Member and at least one faculty from another discipline.
  • Apply quantitative data science methods to datasets from multiple disciplines to answer timely research questions.
  • Lead group synthesis or research papers linking biodiversity, environmental, and public health databases.
  • Collaborate with post-doctoral fellows and faculty on additional interdisciplinary projects and group synthesis papers. Opportunities include: invasive species, biodiversity and conservation, extreme heat, urban landscape and design and more. Discover our projects here.
  • Develop proposals for external funding in line with BBCS mission to bridge BBCS disciplines.
  • Coordinate our annual research dissemination event.
  • Present research findings and methodologies at relevant conferences with travel sponsored by the University.
  • Opportunity to collaborate with community partners to advance or diversify skillsets.
  • Participation in department-wide trainings in building an anti-racist and more equitable society for the promotion of social, racial, and environmental justice.
  • Additional duties may be assigned.

Knowledge, skills, & abilities:

  • Effective communication.
  • Teamwork and collaboration.
  • Ability to be flexible and adapt to support emerging projects or needs that uphold the BBCS mission.
  • Scientific data analysis skills with application of theory, frameworks, and computational science skills.
  • Familiarity with data science software.
  • Academic writing skills.
  • Public presentation skills.
  • Time management and organizational skills.

Minimum Qualifications

  • As of the beginning date of the appointment, a PhD in a field related to informatics, data science, spatial analysis, or other data integration and analysis skillset from an accredited institution.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in at least two of the following areas: GIS software, spatial analysis and visualization, statistics, data integration, programming R, machine learning software, epidemiology, scientific synthesis and writing.
  • Career interests in at least two of the following disciplines: biodiversity and conservation science, ecology, data informatics, public health, policy and governance, food security, environmental justice.

FLSA Exempt

Full Time/Part Time Full Time

Number of Hours Worked per Week 40

Job FTE 1.0

Work Calendar Fiscal

Job Category Research

Benefits Eligible Yes – Full Benefits

Rate of Pay $47,659 – $57,135

Compensation Type salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)

Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Number of Vacancies 1

Target Hire Date

Expected End Date

Contact Information for Candidates Brian Enquist

[email protected]

Open Date 3/16/2023

Open Until Filled Yes

Documents Needed to Apply Resume and Cover Letter

Special Instructions to Applicant Please note, cover letter to include the identification of two BBCS faculty with whom candidate research interests align, and examples of interdisciplinary projects the candidate wants to pursue. Refer to our website for a description of all active and developing projects: https://bbcs.arizona.edu/

Diversity Statement At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As a Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

Expected salary

$47659 – 57135 per year


Tucson, AZ

Job date

Sat, 18 Mar 2023 08:44:52 GMT

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