Researcher with the National Woodland Owner Survey, USFS, Northern Research Station

The Northern Research Station will soon advertise for a GS-460-11/12 research position with the National Woodland Owner Survey (NWOS; www.fia.fs.fed.us/nwos), a project of the Forest Inventory and Analysis program (FIA; http://nrs.fs.fed.us/fia/). This notification is being circulated to inform prospective applicants of this upcoming opportunity and to determine interest in the position. It is expected that this position will be officially advertised in the fall of 2016 with an anticipated reporting date in early 2017. The position is a full-time permanent, research position. Click here for more information.

Professional Development Seminar: Transdisciplinary Approaches to Integrating Policy and Science for Sustainability

The Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research (IAI) announces a Professional Development Seminar (PDS) on Transdisciplinary approaches to linking policy and science for sustainability. The seminar is funded by the IAI with resources from the National Science Foundation (NSF). An additional co-sponsor is the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). The seminar will involve two sessions. The first session will be held 28 November – 2 December 2016, in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic; the second one will be held 29 May – 2 June 2017 in Calgary, Canada. Between sessions, participants will continue to interact among themselves and with IAI staff and seminar instructors through facilitated online mechanisms. Click here for more information in English or in Spanish.

4-Year PhD Fellowship Opportunity in Sociology at Utah State University

The USU Graduate Program in Sociology is seeking applicants for a four-year graduate fellowship award (the USU Presidential Doctoral Research Fellowship), to begin Fall semester, 2017. This is USU’s most prestigious graduate fellowship, allocated to departments on a competitive basis by the Office of Research and Graduate Studies. The recipient will receive four full years of fellowship funding (at $20,000/year), along with a full waiver of tuition expenses. Click here for more information. 

MS Research Assistantship in  Environment and Society, Geography  or  Recreation Resource Management at Utah State University

The Department of Environment and Society at Utah State University is excited to announce it has an opening for a highly qualified candidate committed to pursuing a MS focused on understanding how local meteorological conditions (temperature, precipitation, etc.) affect recreation use patterns in the North Fork of the Virgin River Wilderness Study Area (WSA). The WSA is part of the upper access to the deep and very narrow Zion Narrows gorge, which is a major attraction for visitors to Zion National Park. More information can be found here: http://smithlabusu.com/docs/MS_Assistantship_Smith.pdf

NASA and German Space Agency Select Six Proposals to Support Behavioral Health and Performance of Astronauts on Long Duration Space Exploration Missions

NASA’s Human Research Program (HRP) and the German Space Agency (DLR) will fund six proposals to investigate possible changes in the behavioral health and performance of astronauts on future deep space exploration missions. The selected proposals will address the impact of the spaceflight environment on various aspects of astronaut health, including cognition, sleep loss and team functioning.

This work is helping NASA develop the knowledge and countermeasures necessary to ensure astronauts remain healthy as we venture beyond low-Earth orbit to visit an asteroid and eventually Mars. All of the selected studies will be conducted in the Human Exploration Research Analog (HERA) at the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston. This unique modular three-story habitat provides a high-fidelity research venue for scientists to use in addressing risks and knowledge gaps associated with human health and performance during spaceflight.

The full text and award list for this selection can be found at:

https://www.nasa.gov/feature/nasa-and-dlr-select-six-proposals-to-support-behavioral-health-and-performance-of-astronauts

Tenure-track Faculty Position in Coastal and Marine Science at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)

Tenure-track Faculty Position in Coastal and Marine Science

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) School of Earth, Environmental and Marine Sciences is expanding and is seeking candidates to develop a research program in the broad area of Coastal and Marine Science. Relevant research areas could include marine and coastal ecological processes (transport of sediments, nutrients, nutrients, and organisms), microbiology, harmful algal blooms, biogeochemistry, larval processes, and ocean sensing and monitoring. Candidates whose research involves more than one of these areas are of particular interest, as are individuals with expertise in semi-arid or sub-tropical climates. This faculty position will teach advanced undergraduate and graduate courses, and mentor undergraduate and graduate students in the School. The minimum requirement is a Ph. D. from an accredited university in a coastal related science discipline. Applicants should have established, vigorous research programs in a relevant field and experience in securing nationally competitive external research funding. Postdoctoral research experience is preferred. Highly qualified applicants with strong research portfolios can qualify for significant supplemental startup equipment funds through the UTRGV Science and Technology Acquisition and Retention (STAR) funds.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Applications must be submitted on line at https://careers.utrgv.edu, Position # FRGV0461. Incomplete applications will not be considered

Tenure-track Faculty Position in Coastal and Marine Ecosystems Services Valuation at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)

Tenure-track Faculty Position in Coastal and Marine Ecosystems Services Valuation

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) School of Earth, Environmental and Marine Sciences is  seeking candidates whose research includes the valuation of ecosystem function, products, and services and their use in decision-making processes and policy development. Areas of specialization may include natural resource damage assessment, cost-benefit analyses of environmental restoration, applied policy research, coastal resiliency, and impacts of water management, energy production and urbanization on coastal environments. Candidates whose research also includes marine and coastal science are of particular interest. The successful candidate will develop an integrative research agenda for the Lower Rio Grande delta region of South Texas and northeast Mexico and teach advanced undergraduate and graduate courses, and mentor undergraduate and graduate students in the School.

The minimum requirement is a Ph. D. from an accredited university in a resource valuation related science discipline. Applicants should have established, vigorous research programs in a relevant field and experience in securing nationally competitive external research funding. Postdoctoral research experience is preferred. Highly qualified applicants with strong research portfolios can qualify for significant supplemental startup equipment funds through the UTRGV Science and Technology Acquisition and Retention (STAR) funds.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Applications must be submitted on line at https://careers.utrgv.edu, Position # FRGV0462. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Social Scientist/Economist at the Fort Collins Science Center, Colorado

The Social and Economic Analysis Branch (https://www.fort.usgs.gov/branch/400) of the United States Geological Survey is excited to announce an employment opportunity for a social scientist or economist at the Fort Collins Science Center, Colorado. We seek a social scientist/economist with expertise in conducting mixed methods social science research to join our Team working on two projects.

The project titled “Colorado Plateau Futures: Understanding agents of change on the Colorado Plateau to facilitate collaborative adaptation” is a multi-partner interdisciplinary effort. The objective of this interdisciplinary research is to 1) characterize agents of change important to land management decision makers on the Colorado Plateau; 2) identify and analyze relationships between agents of change and key landscape attributes and processes; 3) collectively assess the influence of agents of change and attributes and processes on the services provided by the ecosystem; and 4) provide managers with potential future visions of the Colorado Plateau using scenarios that will allow them to prescribe management actions to achieve preferred resource conditions. The social scientist on this project will work with the research Team on targeted resource management issues to identify: 1) regional resource challenges, 2) existing information sources being used to address issues, 3) gaps in available information, and 4) barriers to decision making.

The project titled “Energy Exploration and Development in the Desert SW: Impacts and Rehabilitation” is also a multi-partner interdisciplinary effort. The intention of this project is to identify actions that can be taken now or in the future to reduce the negative impacts of energy exploration and development on human communities on the Colorado Plateau. The incumbent will work with the research Team to: 1) investigate the potential impacts to targeted social systems resulting from management of public lands for outdoor recreation and tourism activities simultaneously with energy development; 2) identify ecosystem services that are valued by public land users; and 3) illustrate the potential conflicts among user groups resulting from multiple land uses (e.g. energy development and recreation/tourism).

The preferred candidate will have experience in: 1) qualitative data collection (e.g. semi-structured interviews, focus groups); 2) internet-based survey design and administration; 3) quantitative and qualitative data analysis techniques; and 4) technical writing skills. Experience with GIS or geospatial analysis is desired, but not necessary. We prefer either recent PhD graduates or MS graduates with targeted skills.

This is a full-time, non-Federal student contractor position with the possibility of extension, based on future funding and performance. Candidates must be active students or have graduated within the last two years. Salary is competitive with similar jobs in the social sciences at comparable education levels. Please send a CV/resume to Rudy Schuster (schusterr@usgs.gov) and Earlene Swann (swanne@usgs.gov). We will accept applications for this position until May 25th.

Postdoctoral Position in Biodiversity-Society Conflicts of Wolves Returning to Germany at The Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung (SGN)

The Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung (SGN) is seeking a post-doctoral researcher bridging social and natural sciences. The candidate will work on biodiversity-society conflicts related to the return of wolves to Germany. Experience in questionnaire and interview methods as well as stakeholder workshops are advantageous. A background in one of the following areas is desirable: social science, wildlife ecology, environmental economics, environmental and sustainability studies, psychology, or a related field. In addition, we expect a strong quantitative skill set. Knowledge in contingent valuation methods, multi-criteria decision analyses and management strategy evaluations or related analyses area a plus. German language skills are important. Click here for more information. 

Postdoctoral Research Associate, The New England Sustainability Consortium at The University of Maine

The New England Sustainability Consortium (https://www.newenglandsustainabilityconsortium.org) has launched a new stakeholder-engaged, solutions-focused, interdisciplinary research program focused on the future of dams. Our research draws upon world-class faculty expertise at the UNH, UMaine, URI, Keene State, USM and RISD and builds on NEST’s experience in advancing the theory and practice of sustainability science. Using dams in New England as a model system, the team will examine the economic, technological, ecological, social, and political trade-offs associated with different kinds of dam decisions. The team’s approach to problem solving will benefit from the local knowledge and know-how of diverse stakeholders representing government, industry, and non-governmental organizations. Click here for more information.