Computational Research Technician: 
Near-term Ecological Forecasting Initiative

Are you finishing a Master’s or Bachelor's and possess computational skills?

Are you looking to do something meaningful and challenging with your talents?

The Near-term Ecological Forecasting Initiative <> 
(NEFI) is looking to hire a technician to contribute to the development and 
automation of cutting-edge, societally-useful nature forecasts 


Building on work being done in the PEcAn project <>, 
collaborate with a Boston University computer science graduate student to 
develop a generalized, containerized (Docker/Singularity) workflow for 
automating ecological forecasts

Work with NEFI graduate students to apply this workflow to existing near-term 
forecasts: Ticks, tick-borne disease, and small mammal hosts; Harmful algal 
blooms and lake productivity; Soil microbiome; and Plant phenology.

Build on work being done by PEcAn postdocs, who are developing a carbon cycle 
hindcast product, to develop a prototype near-term forecast for land surface 
carbon, water, and energy fluxes that would run through the NEFI workflow.

Work with programmers on the Brown Dog <> 
project at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications on improving 
automated data ingest into this workflow.


Applicants should have solid programming experience, familiarity with R, and 
the ability to work well both in teams and individually. Familiarity with 
container technologies (e.g. Docker, Singularity), Github, data management, 
and/or statistics is beneficial but not required; the ability to learn quickly 
and independently is essential. A degree or previous job experience in 
informatics, data science, computer science, statistics, or 
ecology/environmental science is preferred. Contract for 1 year with 
possibility of renewal contingent on performance and availability of funds. 
Position is located at Boston University. Preferred start summer 2018. 

Interested applicants are encouraged to submit a cover letter, CV, and contact 
information for 3 references to Dr. Michael Dietze (dietze at, 
preferably by April 25.

Boston University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

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