The Rocky Mountain Research Station (RMRS), Fire, Fuels, and Smoke 
Science Program of the USDA Forest Service is hiring a full-time, fixed 
term postdoctoral position to validate and improve models of fire- 
induced tree mortality in the US. This 2-year position is targeted to be 
filled within six months.  

DUTY STATION:  This position is located at the Fire Sciences 
Laboratory, Missoula, MT.    

MAJOR DUTIES:  The successful candidate will contribute to a recently 
funded project on fire-induced tree mortality by leading efforts to 
assemble a tree database of across forested landscapes in the Western 
and Southeastern United States to formally validate existing fire-caused 
tree mortality models against independent datasets. The combined 
database will then be used to determine if accounting for climate 
increases model accuracy and results incorporated into the widely used 
fire effects models in FOFEM, FFE-FVS, and Behave Plus to show the 
expected mortality given a range of pre-fire climate conditions. 
Additional analyses to examine how direct and indirect factors influence 
fire-induced tree mortality will also be performed. The incumbent will 
be responsible for database management, statistical analyses for large 
datasets, publishing results, and working to incorporate results in to 
current software systems. 

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:   Applicants must have completed their Ph.D. 
in the field of Forestry/Ecology/Natural Resources or closely related 
field at the time of appointment.  Demonstrated ability to publish in 
peer-reviewed scientific journals, skills in statistical modeling and 
assembling/managing large datasets are required, as well as a strong 
knowledge of fire ecology. Experience with collaborating with multiple 
stakeholders and ability to process climatological data is desirable.

Contact Sharon Hood by October 15, 2016 for additional information if 
interested in the position.

Phone Number:     406-329-4818
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