Research Ecologist (Research Associate)

  • USDA Agricultural Research Service
  • Las Cruces, NM, USA
  • Sep 19, 2018
Full time Biology - Ecology Research

Job Description


The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is the United States Department of Agricultures chief scientific research agency and one of the worlds premiere scientific organizations. ARS Postdoctoral Research Associates are hired to supplement a lead scientist's research on agricultural problems of high national priority affecting American agriculture.

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The position is located at the Range Management Research Unit (RMRU), Jornada Experimental Range, Las Cruces, New Mexico. The mission of RMRU is to develop ecologically-based knowledge systems and technologies for management, conservation, monitoring, and assessment of western rangelands.

The incumbent will conduct research and investigate the use of vegetation phenology to predict ecosystem responses to changes in climate and soil health. The incumbent will formulate phenological indicators of gradual and abrupt changes in primary production that integrate remotely-sensed imagery and ground-based observations. The ideal candidate will have experience with remotely-sensed data, modeling of spatial and/or time series data, and land surface modeling.  The incumbent will also possess experience working with large datasets and data mining approaches and an understanding of plant ecology/phenology is desirable.

This is a temporary appointment with an initial not to exceed date of 2 years. An extension of the appointment up to a total of 4 years may be possible with no further competition.

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