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University of Colorado CIRES/ EARTH LAB Harnessing the Fire Data Revolution Post-Doc in Boulder, Colorado

CIRES/ EARTH LAB Harnessing the Fire Data Revolution Post-Doc

Requisition Number:

21197

Location:

Boulder, Colorado

Employment Type:

Research Faculty

Schedule:

Full-Time

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Job Summary

Earth Lab, funded by the University of Colorado Boulder’s “Grand Challenge: Our Space, Our Future” and part of CIRES, seeks post-doctoral researchers to join a dynamic team pushing the frontiers of coupled Earth and social system science (http://www.colorado.edu/earthlab/). Earth Lab’s mission is to harness the data revolution through research, analytics, and education to accelerate understanding of global environmental change to help society better manage and adapt.

Earth Lab is seeking a Post-Doctoral Research Scholar to lead a research agenda in the following area: Harnessing the Fire Data Revolution. This targeted research area represents Earth Lab’s efforts to explore natural and social system vulnerability and resilience to global environmental change, while also capitalizing of the diversity of data available to generate new insights. All postdoc positions are for one year with the possibility of extension based on performance and funding availability.

Earth Lab seeks a Post-Doctoral Research Scholar who can advance a research agenda to utilize the plethora of fire observations from satellites to understand how and why fire regimes are changing and the consequences to society. Key research questions include:

  • How are fire regimes changing in the modern era?

  • How do fine-scale fire dynamics reflect large-scale changes in fire behavior? and

  • What is the role of people in changing fire regimes & the consequent risks to lives and property?

The research goal of this project is to advance our understanding of some aspect of fire dynamics using cutting-edge technologies or sensors, machine learning approaches, and/or data harmonization techniques applied to the wealth of fire data available (e.g., MODIS, VIIRS, GOES, Sentinel, Landsat, FPA-FOD government records, or others). New fire data products from Earth Lab include a satellite-derived U.S. fire events database and ICS-209-PLUS, an integrated database of all government situation reports on U.S. wildfires. The desired applicant would ideally have experience in one or more of these data types or approaches. Earth Lab has existing partnerships with DigitalGlobe, USGS, Zillow, and others which can be leveraged for this work. We are particularly interested in how our understanding of fire processes scales from individual fire events to large-scale fire regimes. The specific work will be determined in collaboration with the successful applicant, based on skills and interest area. The application cover letter should reflect the applicant’s thoughts on how to build a research focus that builds on these ideas and capitalizes on their past experience.

Who We Are

At CIRES, the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, more than 800 environmental scientists work to understand the dynamic Earth system, including people’s relationship with the planet. CIRES is a partnership of NOAA and the University of Colorado Boulder, and our areas of expertise include weather and climate, changes at the Earth’s poles, air quality and atmospheric chemistry, water resources, and solid Earth sciences. Our vision is to be instrumental in ensuring a sustainable future environment by advancing scientific and societal understanding of the Earth system.

https://cires.colorado.edu/

Earth Lab, funded by the University of Colorado Boulder’s “Grand Challenge: Our Space, Our Future” and part of CIRES, seeks post-doctoral researchers to join a dynamic team pushing the frontiers of coupled Earth and social system science (http://www.colorado.edu/earthlab/). Earth Lab’s mission is to harness the data revolution through research, analytics, and education to accelerate understanding of global environmental change to help society better manage and adapt.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Work with individual team to meet research goals of this position, with the expectation of submitting one manuscript for publication to a peer-reviewed journal by the end of Year 1, and contribute to and/or submit an independent funding proposal.

  • Use research agenda to develop use cases for the Analytics Hub (staff and Viz-studio) with heterogeneous and/or big data streams that require specialized data management, analysis, and/or visualization support (with emphasis on data from the Earth Observation enterprise, from ground-based to space-based sensors).

  • Contribute to discussions with industry, federal, and other academic partners, and contribute to opportunities to make Earth Lab visible in the community.

  • Contribute to the open, reproducible science objectives of Earth Lab. This could include contributing or publishing well-documented data sets or code recipes that could serve multiple users within Earth Lab or other audiences.

  • Work on synergistic activities across the post-doc cohort and Science Teams. This could include collaboration on external proposals, papers, workshops, opportunities with industry/federal partners, or other collaborative activity and should amount to 20% effort.

What You Should Know

  • This position is located at the University of Colorado at Boulder's main campus

  • All postdoc positions are for one year with the possibility of extension based on performance and funding availability.

  • To learn more about Earth Lab, visit Earth Lab’s website (http://www.colorado.edu/earthlab/) and Earth Lab’s learning portal (www.earthdatascience.org).

  • Review of applications will begin October 18. The position will remain open until filled.

What We Can Offer

We can offer a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package.

Benefits

The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

  • Ph.D. in a related field is required, such as geography, ecology, environmental studies, forestry, remote sensing, or other.

  • Background expertise in and theoretical understanding of fire regimes.

  • Applicant must have demonstrated interest and skills in one or more of the approaches described above (e.g., machine learning approaches, remote sensing fire data, data integration across multiple sources, etc.).

  • A strong quantitative background is necessary.

  • The ability to work as part of an interdisciplinary team.

What You Will Need

  • Experience in, or willingness to learn, appropriate programming and data analytic tools. Ideally the candidates will have experience in programming languages (e.g., R, Python, or others), can work in different environments (e.g., Linux), and are well versed in geospatial analysis software (e.g., QGIS).

  • Demonstrated contributions to open science (i.e., publicly available and/or reproducible data, code, workflows, and/or tools) or willingness to contribute to open science.

  • Experience in integrating and analyzing large, and/or heterogeneous datasets.

  • Experience in working with a high performance computing or cloud computing environment is a plus (Earth Lab supports both HPC & cloud compute on AWS).

  • Demonstrated publication and grant-writing skills.

  • Team spirit and interest in interdisciplinary settings, with a willingness to engage with Earth Lab’s Analytics Hub and Education Initiative teams.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:

  • Resume or CV

  • Cover letter addressed to the Search Committee briefly describing your qualifications, professional goals, and specific interest in this position.

  • List of contact information for 3 references who will be willing to write a confidential Letter of Recommendation for you.

If you are selected as the finalist, your degree will be verified by the CU Boulder Campus Human Resources department using an approved online vendor. If your degree was obtained outside of the United States, please submit a translated version as an optional attachment.

Review of applications will begin October 18. The position will remain open until filled.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Jennifer Balch

Posting Contact Email: jennifer.balch@colorado.edu

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

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