Postdoctoral Positions: Fire Spread Simulation Modeling and Climate Change Dynamics At SDSU

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August 29, 2013

Geospatial Science Center of Excellence (GSCE)Postdoctoral Position(s): Fire Spread Simulation Modeling and Climate Change Dynamics at Geospatial Science Center of Excellence at South Dakota State University (SDSU)

We are seeking two postdoctoral researchers to work on the development and application of spatially explicit computer simulation models of fire spread (FARSITE) under different future climate scenarios. The focus of this research will be on assessing the changes in fuel treatment and fire suppression performance under altered climate conditions, and interacting with our partners at the USDA Forest Service, to provide comparative risk assessments for highly valued resources and assets (HVRAs). The position will be located in the Geospatial Science Center of Excellence at South Dakota State University (SDSU), and will involve collaboration with personnel from the U.S. Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station-Missoula, the Western Wildland Environmental Threat Assessment Center, and the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center in Sioux Falls. The postdoctoral researchers will be responsible for assembling RAWS climate data, working with relevant Global Climate Models (GCM) ensemble data and processing newly climate parameterized FARSITE models to determine changes in spatial burn probability. The scientists will also act as liaisons for coordination of data transfers and harmonization with our USFS and USGS collaborators. These are 12 month positions with the possibility of extension depending on availability of funds.

Qualifications: A Ph.D. in geography, ecology, natural resources, or a related field. Preferred candidates will have (1) background in vegetation and disturbance ecology, and (2) experience using climate and/or fire simulation models.

To Apply: send the following information in electronic form to mark.cochrane@sdstate.edu: cover letter, curriculum vitae, names and contact information for three references, and unofficial copies of transcripts. Review of applications will begin on November 15th and continue until the positions have been filled.

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