Open Positions

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Modelling disturbance effects on forest structure and function

A full time postdoctoral scientist position is available in the Hardiman Lab in the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources (FNR) at Purdue University. We are seeking a productive scholar with a combination of skills suitable for fusion of field and remotely-sensed data with ecosystem modeling approaches to lead a recently funded NSF project (Macrosystems Biology and NEON-Enabled Science; Award #1550639). The postdoc will conduct research primarily focused on integrating remotely sensed forest canopy structural data from NEON sites into ecological models (Ecosystem Demography 2) to improve predictions of ecosystem responses to disturbance events. The postdoc will join a team of researchers that includes Jackie Matthes (Wellesley College), Robert Fahey (University of Connecticut), and Jane Foster (University of Vermont).

The successful candidate will have completed a PhD, preferably in ecology or a related field. Excellent verbal and written communication skills, and a proven capacity to publish in peer-
reviewed journals are required. Applicants should have demonstrated experience working with common remote sensing data products (e.g. lidar, Landsat, etc.) and strong coding, analytical, and statistical skills. Candidates with a publication record demonstrating experience that combines multiple approaches (remote sensing, field, and/or modelling) to address ecological research questions will be especially competitive. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to lead the research project by coordinating collaborations, publishing results as lead author, and traveling to present research at national conferences. Opportunities to mentor undergraduate and graduate students are available, and depending on candidate interest, opportunities may be available to gain experience teaching. This position may require some travel and field work to collect site-level ecological data but this is not anticipated to be a major component of the position.

To apply, please send a single PDF file containing a cover letter describing your interest and experience, a CV, contact information for three references, and two relevant publications or manuscripts to Dr. Brady Hardiman ( Please include “Macrosystems Postdoc Application” in your email subject line. The principle investigators are strongly committed to increasing diversity and inclusion in science and we encourage applications from women and minority scholars. Preferred start date is May 2020; review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a suitable candidate is identified.

Purdue University is an equal access/equal opportunity employer.