Scientist (Ecologist)

Opportunity Type: 

Harvard Forest - Harvard University, Petersham MA

Scientist with strong research and publication record to develop a research program in ecology and conservation in New England. The specific research area is open but should complement existing LTER, DOE, DOD, EPA, NEON, NASA, SIGEO and related studies, and build on established archival, land, and research infrastructure developed over more than a century of study. Scientists with a focus in ecosystem ecology, natural resource economics, forest hydrology, and related areas are encouraged to apply. The scientist will be a member of the senior research staff who design, conduct, publish and fund studies with >100 outside collaborators.

This full-time research position will add breadth to the Harvard Forest research group by initiating a new research program and complementary activities. We seek an individual who will fit well into the research context, history, current research program and facilities, and intellectual and biological environment presented by the Forest's setting in central New England. In particular we seek someone whose research interests:

  • Are complementary to those of current research staff and existing research foci in community and historical ecology, environmental history, conservation biology, dendrochronology and paleoecology, landscape ecology, ecosystem dynamics, ecosystem services, and conservation policy
  • Augment ongoing externally-funded research and education programs (NSF-REU and NASA-NICE Site)
  • Capitalize on 100+ years of records and extensive geographical, cartographic, and historical databases
  • Use or add to the infrastructure base provided by existing research labs and long-term studies in biogeochemistry, molecular/microbial ecology, paleoecology, dendrochronology, and spatial analysis
  • Make full use of the rural setting and the Harvard Forest’s focus on studies at a site (e.g. 1500 hectares of Harvard land), sub-region (e.g. central Massachusetts, coastal New England, and adjoining New York), and regional (New England and adjacent areas) levels
  • Have a commitment to translating science into meaningful contributions to policy and management

Basic Qualifications:  PhD required. 

Additional Qualifications:  Excellent history of complex collaborative research, publication, and funding. Post-doctoral experience and engagement with broader audiences a plus.

Additional Information:  The competitive salary for this endowment-funded position will be determined by background and experience. The initial appointment of three years will be renewable subject to review. The Harvard Forest offers an excellent field, laboratory, and academic environment, and will assist the incumbent in developing proper research facilities.  Excellent benefits package.  All formal offers will be made by FAS Human Resources.  

Applications should include:

  1. CV
  2. Cover letter with contact information for three recommenders
  3. Supporting material describing research experience and directions, and the fit between the individual's expertise, interests, intellectual history, and ongoing activities at the Harvard Forest.
These supporting materials are especially critical, as the desire is to identify an individual whose research directions effectively complement the physical, cultural, and collaborative scientific environment of the Harvard Forest. See for background on the activities, facilities and context of the Forest.

Please submit PDF of CV, cover letter and supporting materials

Administrative/Staff Jobs (External Candidates)/Search Openings requisition number 30253BR. 

Applications will be accepted through end of business on September 27, 2013.

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Expiration Date: 
Fri, 2013-09-27

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