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Postdoctoral Scientist -- Forest Landscape Modeling

SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
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New York
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The Climate & Applied Forest Research Institute (CAFRI) at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF) is seeking a postdoctoral scientist with expertise in the assessment and modeling of forest landscapes and their ecosystem services, with a focus on carbon sequestration and its resilience to multiple drivers of change, including management practices. CAFRI’s mission is to lead basic, applied, and translational science that directly informs better forest and climate stewardship across New York State. The postdoctoral scientist will join a team of faculty, students, agency practitioners, and stakeholders in developing and implementing a forest carbon inventory/monitoring protocol and landscape simulation framework for New York State, in part to understand the role of natural and managed forests in achieving the state’s greenhouse gas reduction targets (40% by 2030, 80% by 2050). 

This is a one-year term position with full health and retirement benefits and the expectation of renewal for a second year, given satisfactory progress.  Position start date is flexible but our ideal scenario is by September 2019.  The position will be housed within the Department of Forest & Natural Resources Management at SUNY-ESF (…;


We are seeking a productive scholar with a combination of skills in data science, including fusion of field-based and remotely-sensed data, and expertise with modeling approaches and tools for simulating forest landscape change. Experience with project management, large interdisciplinary collaborations, student mentoring, and/or translational science is also highly desirable. 


About ESF and Syracuse: Founded in 1911, the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) is one of the nation’s oldest and most respected schools dedicated to the study of the environment, developing renewable technologies, and building a sustainable future. ESF is the smallest and consistently among the highest-rated of the doctoral degree granting SUNY campuses, combining a small-campus atmosphere with the rigors of a research-intensive (R-2) institution. ESF has nine regional campuses/field stations and maintains nearly 25,000 acres in forest properties offering unrivaled opportunities for field-based research and instruction.  ESF’s main campus in Syracuse is contiguous with that of Syracuse University and in close proximity to SUNY Upstate Medical University, providing students and faculty the additional resources of larger institutions of higher education, including a wide array of courses and computer, lab, and library facilities. 

Syracuse, New York is a dynamic and diverse mid-sized community with plentiful natural, cultural, and civic opportunities, and is located on the eastern edge of the Finger Lakes with easy access to New York City, Boston, Toronto, Montreal, and the High Peaks Region of the Adirondack Mountains. “The Places Rated Almanac” ranks Syracuse among the top 10 percent of "Best Places to Live." ESF is one of eight colleges and universities located in Onondaga County, and is immediately adjacent to Syracuse University. Central New York is also home to numerous hospitals and medical facilities including SUNY Upstate Medical University, the St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center, the VA Hospital of Syracuse, and Crouse Hospital with all providing unique specialty areas to support the needs of the community. 

Minimum $45K / yr, negotiable based on qualifications

Full health, dental, vision and retirement benefits via the SUNY Research Foundation. 

How to Apply:

Application materials must be submitted by emailing a complete application package to Applications should include the following documents packaged together as a single document in portable document format (.pdf):  

   1) a cover letter summarizing qualifications and interest in the position (2 pages maximum), 
   2) curriculum vitae, 
   3) a statement of research interests and experience (2 pages maximum), 
   4) examples of up to 3 publications; and 
   5) contact information for three references.  
Application Deadline:  To ensure optimal consideration, all application materials must be received by July 15, 2019, although this position will remain open until filled.  
For more information:  Contact Dr. Colin Beier by email at cbeier at esf dot edu.