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Environmental Statistician - Postdoctoral Fellow
Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado
 
 
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Date Posted April 30, 2020
Category
Science-Statistics
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled
 
 
 

To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) on

04/04/2020

Description of Work Unit

The NREL is a research and teaching unit at Colorado State University with a mission “to ensure the sustainability of the Earth’s ecosystems through the generation and application of new knowledge.” The department’s interdisciplinary, ecosystem research promotes collaborations among disciplines and across fields of expertise at CSU and throughout the world. As a soft-money research unit, this role is critical to ensure adequate funding to sustain its vital role in the research community both locally and across the globe.

Position Summary

The post-doctoral statistician will work as part of a team with other statisticians and subject-matter scientists from CSU and USDA to develop and evaluate imputation products combining data from existing USDA surveys and other datasets to represent historical agricultural land use and management in the United States. The post-doctoral hire will also work with the team to conduct assessments of greenhouse gas emissions from agricultural lands using the imputed product with other supporting information. These assessments are used for reporting emissions to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change by the United States government. The job will also include preparation of peer-review manuscripts and reports about the methodology and results.

Required Job Qualifications

1) Ph.D. in Statistics or quantitative environmental sciences
2) Experience with advanced statistical prediction and/or machine learning techniques
3) Expertise with the statistical package R

Preferred Job Qualifications

1) Demonstrated potential for excellence in statistical modeling
2) Experience with statistical imputation techniques
3) Experience with survey statistics
4) Experience with analysis of agricultural survey data
5) Outstanding verbal and written communication skills

Diversity Statement

Ability to advance the department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion through research, teaching and outreach with relevant programs, goals and activities.

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category

Statistical Analysis

Duty/Responsibility

Develop a second generation imputation product combining data from existing USDA surveys and other datasets to represent historical land use and management in agricultural lands of the United States.
Develop a statistical design for the new product building on a previous imputation product for US agricultural land use and management.
Compile and analyze the available data for developing the latest version of the imputation product.
Develop code and implement the imputation analysis.
Evaluate the results from the imputation analysis and repeat previous steps as needed.
Assess uncertainty in the imputed datasets.

Percentage Of Time

70

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category

Manuscript/Report/ Documentation Preparation

 

Duty/Responsibility

Prepare documentation and manuscripts on the methodology and results.
Submit manuscripts to peer review journals and address comments from reviewers.

Percentage Of Time

10

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category

GHG Inventory Analysis

Duty/Responsibility

Assist team with estimation of GHG emissions using the imputation products and related data.
Prepare/format datasets for estimating GHG emissions.
Assist with executing the GHG emission assessment.
Evaluate the output from the GHG emission assessment.
Quantify uncertainty in the GHG emission estimates.

Percentage Of Time

15

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category

Communications and Reporting

Duty/Responsibility

Communicate regularly with supervisor about ongoing tasks and next steps on a regular basis.
Attend and participate in project meetings.
Communicate with other scientific staff about project tasks and coordinate effort as needed with them.
Communicate with project partners in EPA and USDA as needed to ensure they have an opportunity for input and that products are meeting the needs for GHG emissions reporting to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
Make project deliverables including data products, meta-data and reports in coordination with supervisor.

Percentage Of Time

5

Application Details

 

Special Instructions to Applicants

For full consideration, please apply by April 4th, 2020 with a CV or resume, cover letter and the contact information for three professional references. References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.

Conditions of Employment

Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires)

Search Contact

Stephen Ogle, stephen.ogle@colostate.edu

EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

The Acting Title IX Coordinator is the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs, 201 Administration Building, Fort Collins, CO. 80523-8004, (970) 491-5312.

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Associate Vice President for Human Capital, Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will also be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the University, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

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