Forest Resources Management Department
Faculty of Forestry, University of British Columbia

Research Associate - forest carbon modelling

The Department of Forest Resources Management, UBC-Vancouver campus seeks a Research Associate to undertake forest carbon modelling research in British Columbia. This research associate will be responsible for undertaking research within the Forest Carbon Management Project of the Pacific Institute of Climate Solutions (PICS) under the supervision of Dr. Nicholas Coops. The objective of research to be undertaken by the research associate is to analyze and model tree-growth responses to environmental changes for key tree species in British Columbia in support of climate change mitigation analyses in the forest sector.

Responsibilities include:

  1. develop comprehensive databases on individual tree attributes across North America from plot data
  2. model and analyse existing high spatial and temporal resolution databases including up-to-date historical climate records, future climate scenarios, and estimates of nitrogen deposition for patterns and trends over BC and continentally
  3. develop, using advanced statistical approaches, relationships between tree attributes and past and future climate
  4. prepare results for high-quality peer reviewed journal,
  5. Undertake physiological modelling to better understand observed patterns in tree growth and decline and
  6. contribute to implementation of findings within operational-scale forest carbon cycle modelling systems used to perform climate change mitigation analyses within PICS.

Qualifications required

Candidates must have a Ph.D. and 5 years postdoctoral research experience in the fields of carbon modelling, remote sensing, climate analysis and geospatial analysis. Candidates should have demonstrated expertise in physiological modelling of trees and a comprehensive understanding of forest carbon dynamics proving examples of both published papers and field work. Candidates should have a strong publication record in the last 7 years and have very good knowledge of statistical modelling including use of hierarchical modelling, multinomial logistic regression, regularization and machine learning approaches. The candidate should be highly skilled in statistical software such as R, geospatial data programming such as Matlab and ArcPy, and have basic literacy in C++. Other requirements for successful applicants include excellent oral communication skills, the ability to work in a dynamic research team, and the ability to work on a project with defined milestones and timelines.

The appointment will be for two years subject to funding sources and will start April 1, 2017.

Please direct inquiries, and applications consisting of cover letter, CV and contact information of three references by March 21, 2017 to:

Joanne Dean, Administrator
Department of Forest Resources Management
2nd floor, Forest Sciences Centre, 2045 2424 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z4

UBC hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community. We especially welcome applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

posted: 21 February 2017     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.