The USFS Pacific Northwest Research Station in Olympia, WA is advertising to fill a research (post-doc) position on understanding and modeling tree/forest responses to the environment or management. The candidate will contribute to on-going studies that focus on growth and function of northwest tree species, especially in relation to climate change (see team website for examples of studies on genecology, phenology, physiology and forest management). The candidate should have strong data analysis and statistical/modeling experience using R in studies of plant physiology or forestry. Most projects involve limited data collection (as several data sets already exist), however, opportunities exist for collection of new data in some projects. Most projects will emphasize compilation of data from multiple sources, editing, and analysis of complex data sets and writing up results for scientific journals. The candidate may also provide training and equipment support to other staff.

The team website can be found at:
Information about the Olympia area is at:

Initial appointment will be for 2 years but may be renewed for 1 or more additional years depending on funding and accomplishments. Note, this could be a sabbatical opportunity. Position will be filled in spring or summer 2016. Salary approximately $62,486 per year (GS-11) depending on qualifications. Position includes paid holidays, vacation and sick days as well as health care benefits.

This position would likely be filled as either a research forester or research plant physiologist. Qualifications: (1) US citizen with a PhD in natural resources or plant biology completed prior to beginning of employment; (2) Knowledge of forestry or tree physiology, genetics and ecology. (3) High proficiency in data analysis and statistical modeling in R; and (4) Experience in publishing in peer reviewed journals.

To apply: Send one pdf document which includes a letter of interest (including date when you could start), CV, list of references with contact information, and transcripts to: Connie Harrington ([email protected]) by January 11, 2016. You may send a second document which includes a recently authored publication related to the position if that publication would not be readily available online.

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