Duties include: hypothesis development, literature review, collection of pilot data, report writing, and supervising of undergraduate research students and graduate research students, overseeing data collection procedures, supervising experimental procedures, review of data for quality control, supervision of data entry/data analysis, analysis of research hypothesis using descriptive and multivariate statistics, and the development of independent and collaborative presentations and publications.
Specific duties include: developing and contributing to ongoing research agendas at ECU and the Coastal Studies Institute, particularly those related to the entities listed above, assisting with intramural and extramural white papers, proposals and progress reports, and coordinating and convening meetings with research members. In addition, the scholar will need to conduct biogeochemical and ecogeoscientific research, including field data collection and analysis using remotely sensed imagery and geospatial data. Knowledge and ability to conduct scientific literature review of ecological, coastal, and geological research are critical as well as the ability to perform analyses with Remote Sensing (optical and lidar), Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Python, R, and/or other programming languages or image processing softwares. Analyze forest and soil data to calculate carbon stocks and fluxes. Other duties will include fieldwork and data collection in muddy, humid, and hot conditions. Scholars will also interact with the Vice Chancellor, Associate and Assistant Vice Chancellors, and Directors in the Division of Research, Economic Development and Engagement. Scholars are expected to demonstrate compliance with established guidelines and regulatory standards for research including expenditures, biosafety, and responsible conduct of research and human subjects training. Scholars are expected to demonstrate compliance with established guidelines and regulatory standards for research including biosafety, responsible conduct of research and human subjects training.
Approximately 80% of the postdoctoral scholar's time will be devoted to field work, data collection, data processing, data analysis, and writing up of results. Approximately 20% of the postdoctoral scholar's time will be devoted to managing the day-to-day activity of undergraduate and graduate research students in the laboratory.
Special Instructions To Application:
To be considered for this position, all applicants must apply through PeopleAdmin and attach their CV or resume, cover letter and names and contact information of 3 references. Appointments are typically for a one-year period. Five years (typically five appointments of one year) is typically the maximum total period that any individual may serve as a Scholar. The University, in its sole discretion has the option to renew or extend any appointment, subject to the availability of funds, past performance evaluations and/or any other lawful reasons. For other information on the ECU Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, please visit our website at: https://rede.ecu.edu/postdoctoral/
English Proficiency; Excellent written and oral communication skills; PhD in marine science, geography, environmental science, or a related field; Expertise in coastal ecosystems and biogeochemical cycling in wetlands; Experience with Remote Sensing and GIS.
Full time or Part time: Full Time
Position Location (city): Wanchese
Position Number: PDS-ICP-07-20
Organizational Unit Overview:
The postdoctoral scholar is responsible for independent and collaborative development, implementation, and analysis of impactful research and engagement projects in the discipline of marine science, geography, environmental science, or a related field. Responsibilities include assisting with data analysis of existing research projects, generating original ideas for new interdisciplinary research, working with large, multi-layered data sets and programs (e.g. Remote Sensing and GIS), and contributing to the growth of interdisciplinary Integrated Coastal Studies Program, which focuses on issues related to the continental margin resources, natural hazards, and coastal and marine health.
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