Postdoctoral Fellowship Program 2020, National Ecological Observatory Network, USA


May 08, 2020

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Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

NEON Postdoctoral Fellows contribute to NEON’s scientific mission through both advancement of science and engagement of the user community. NEON Postdoctoral Fellows receive funding for a period of two years, contingent on successful performance and available funding. The Postdoctoral Fellows leverage NEON data in collaboration with NEON staff and community contributors to generate scientific outcomes and peer-reviewed publications, while engaging the scientific community in NEON data use and potentially generating new tools to facilitate use of NEON data.

The 2020 NEON Postdoctoral program call for applications are now open! 

These postdoctoral positions are ideally suited for researchers with interests in open, reproducible data science, cross-scale approaches, and/or scientific engagement. Although proposals related to any aspect of NEON science are invited, areas of particular interest for NEON for the 2020 call include:

  • synthesis of continental-scale phenology or biodiversity datasets to enable ecological forecasting,
  • scaling of woody plant biomass and productivity,
  • integration of disparate data streams across the Observatory (e.g., integrating data from the Airborne Observation Platform with data from the Terrestrial or Aquatic Observation Systems), and
  • increasing diversity and inclusion in NEON user communities.

NEON scientists suited to the Fellows’ areas of interest serve as an internal NEON mentor for each Fellow. Prior to applying, Fellows identify an external Collaborating Mentor(s) (and associated institution) with whom they work to complete their project. Travel funds to interact with the Collaborating Mentor and to attend conferences will be provided to the Fellow. Fellows have access to Battelle’s training opportunities in project and personnel management, as desired. Fellows are expected to be based at the NEON Headquarters in Boulder, CO.

Fellow Opportunities 

The fellowship includes professional development and mentoring opportunities beyond the Fellow-led research project, as well as opportunities to participate in ongoing NEON activities. The Postdoctoral Fellows will join the NEON Science team, which includes approximately 60 scientists, most of whom are located in Boulder. Monthly seminar series and informal discussion with peers and the large cadre of NEON scientists will provide opportunities for Fellows to form collaborations, discuss and identify solutions to research challenges, and expand their professional networks. The scientific community beyond NEON in Boulder, CO, also offers a wealth of such opportunities, including leveraging existing collaborations with the National Center for Atmospheric Research, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Long-term Ecological Research Network, and the University of Colorado. Battelle also offers extensive training resources, as well as funds to support external training opportunities that will uniquely facilitate career development for each Fellow.

Fellowship Eligibility Criteria

Applicants may hold a doctoral degree in any ecological/environmental science field (e.g., ecology, conservation, biometeorology, ecosystem science, atmospheric modeling), data science, or related field. Candidates must complete all requirements for their Ph.D. by their start date. Applicants should have experience with complex data analyses and strong problem solving and analytical skills. Proven ability to both speak in public to a diversity of audiences and to write and edit scientific literature or content for public delivery is also required. Applicants should also be able to plan and conduct independent research projects from beginning to end. For data-intensive research proposals, applicant should also be a proficient programmer in interpreter languages (e.g., R or Python). Desired qualifications include experience working with large, publicly available datasets; experience working on highly collaborative scientific projects; and experience working with online collaboration and development tools, such as Trello, GitHub, JupyterHub, DockerHub. Applicants must have the authorization to work in the United States.

NEON encourages applications from individuals from groups underrepresented in NEON research, including participants from underrepresented U.S. minorities (African Americans, American Indians including Native Alaskans, Hispanics, and Native Pacific Islanders), and persons with disabilities.

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March 26, 2020
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