Science and Engineering Alliance: Visiting Scientist Position
The deadline for applications is February 14, 2013 at 5:00 pm.
Nature of the Position
The Science and Engineering Alliance, Inc., (SEA) is seeking a qualified person to fill a Visiting Scientist position for one year to engage in a training program in a National Science Foundation (NSF) initiative to broaden participation of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs), Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs) and other interested organizations in the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) (www.neoninc.org). NEON is developing a means to make their scientific designs accessible to broader user communities and will be known as NEON Satellite Sites (NSSs). Broadening participation of underrepresented institutions will be facilitated through the development, implementation, and operation of NSSs. Salary for the one year training is $73,000.
This position provides an opportunity for one year of experiential training to:
- Become knowledgeable, proficient, and skilled in the NEON specific science sub-system designs, data products, requirements framework, construction, systems testing, and operation in order to obtain the expertise to subsequently serve in an advisory capacity to small academic institutions desiring to participate in the NSS initiative; and
- Gain working knowledge and understanding of key concepts needed to advance the sphere of influence of NSSs in continental scale ecological observatories.
This position is located in Boulder, CO at NEON Headquarters. Faculty, scientists, science managers, at any minority institution are encouraged to apply. While recent PhD graduates can apply, this position should not be considered as a formal postdoc.
Required Educational Experience
Doctorate or Masters Degree i) in ecology or a related field (environmental science, soil science, biometeorology, ecosystem science, micrometeorology, environmental physics, ecophysiology, biology, biogeochemistry, or botany), and ii) with three to seven years experience and/or two years experience in a scientific management role.
Roles and responsibilities include
- Demonstrated success in the NEON external and internal training activities;
- Develop the capacity to export NEON designs and activities to a broader user community; and
- Manage expenditure labor and travel pertaining to this award.
Skills and Abilities
- Ability to travel to conferences and locations during the year and at times for extended periods;
- Ability to interact with NEON management and groups from underrepresented institutions;
- Understanding of environmental and ecological processes;
- Demonstrated problem-solving and communication skills;
- Desired knowledge of scientific instruments and associated hardware;
- Basic knowledge of information technology (IT) and the systems life-cycle development process;
- Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively in written and oral forms; and
- Ability to work both independently and in a team environment.
- The candidate may be exposed to conditions in the field, and therefore must be able to traverse mountains, stream beds, and shallow ponds carrying equipment and materials no more than 40 lbs.
Send your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org with SEA Visiting Scientist in the subject line, and include cover letter, resume (or CV), and salary requirements to:
Science and Engineering Alliance, Inc.
4301 Connecticut Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20008
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