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All documents must be in English or include an official English translation.
*Applications will be reviewed on a rolling-basis.
USFS Office/Lab and Location: A research opportunity is available with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service (USFS), Pacific Northwest Research Station (PNW) located in Corvallis, Oregon.
At the heart of the U.S. Forest Service's mission is their purpose. Everything they do is intended to help sustain forests and grasslands for present and future generations. Why? Because their stewardship work supports nature in sustaining life. This is the purpose that drives the agency’s mission and motivates their work across the agency. It’s been there from the agency’s very beginning, and it still drives them. To advance the mission and serve their purpose, the U.S. Forest Service balances the short and long-term needs of people and nature by: working in collaboration with communities and our partners; providing access to resources and experiences that promote economic, ecological, and social vitality; connecting people to the land and one another; and delivering world-class science, technology and land management.
Research Project: Join our forest and fire management research group at the Forest Service's Pacific Northwest Research Station, where we seek to inform choices affecting sustainable resource management. This research opportunity deploys the BioSum modeling framework and Forest Vegetation Simulator to simulate forest ecosystem trajectories under management to enhance forests’ resistance to stand-replacing fire in several of the 21 Priority Investment Landscapes (PILs) identified under the nation’s Wildfire Crisis Strategy (WCS).
As a research fellow, you will analyze data from the national forest inventory to reflect the likely outcomes of plans to enhance fire resistance in these PILs in terms of the extent to which fire hazard can be moderated; the potential production of renewably produced wood products, including low value wood that might otherwise be burned and carbon emitted to the atmosphere without energy capture; the potential for biohubs to improve the economic feasibility of fuels management and how forest carbon dynamics and climate change mitigation will be changed by WCS implementation.
Opportunities abound to:
Mentor: The mentor for this opportunity is Jeremy Fried (firstname.lastname@example.org). If you have questions about the nature of the research, please contact the mentor.
Anticipated Appointment Start Date: October, 2023. Start date is flexible and will depend on a variety of factors.
Appointment Length: The appointment will initially be for one year,but may be extended upon recommendation of USFS and is contingent on the availability of funds. Funding is currently available for two years.
Level of Participation: The appointment is full-time.
Participant Stipend: The participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with educational level and experience. The current stipend for this opportunity is $63,000 - $77,000 per year, depending on education and experience.
Citizenship Requirements: This opportunity is available to U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents (LPR)..
ORISE Information: This program, administered by ORAU through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), was established through an interagency agreement between DOE and USFS. Participants do not become employees of USDA, USFS, DOE or the program administrator, and there are no employment-related benefits. Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program. Health insurance can be obtained through ORISE.
Questions: Please visit our Program Website. After reading, if you have additional questions about the application process please email ORISE.USFS.PNWRS@orau.org and include the reference code for this opportunity.
The qualified candidate should have received a master's or doctoral degree in one of the relevant fields, or be currently pursuing a doctoral degree. If not a current doctoral program student, then qualifying degree must have been received within five years of the appointment start date.
Masters-level researchers possessing exceptionally strong quantitative analysis/data science skills and forest modeling experience are encouraged to apply.