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 Landscape Ecology Research Assistant

(Computer Assistant I)

Harvard Forest is seeking a research assistant to work in Jonathan Thompson's Forest Landscape Ecology Lab. Projects involve spatial and tabular data management in R; GIS analysis; statistical analysis in R; literature searches; map making; creation of scientific graphs and figures.

Basic Qualifications: Skill with a range of software applications relevant to landscape ecology.

Additional Qualifications: Ability to work independently; highly organized.

Additional Information: All formal written offers will be made by HU Faculty of Arts and Sciences Human Resources. Harvard University is an equal opportunity employer.

Preference to candidates with experience working within the R statistical computing environment, particularly with spatial data; Experience with ESRI GIS software, particularly for spatial analysis and spatial data workflow using python; Experience working with large datasets, particularly large raster datasets; Experience with spatial simulation models, particularly LANDIS-II; Experience working with forest inventory data, particularly the USFS FIA database; Background in forest ecology, landscape ecology, geography, and/or forestry.

The ideal candidate will be a recent graduate from a bachelor or masters program who wants to gain experience working in a landscape ecology lab before continuing on to further study. This position should not be seen as a long-term career track position, but instead should be seen as an opportunity for an ambitious budding landscape ecologist to gain experience and potentially co-author a manuscript before moving on to a PhD program.

Compensation: Anticipated starting salary in mid- to upper-30s depending upon experience. One year term position. Position comes with excellent health benefits through Harvard University. Extension of term dependent upon funding.

Start Date: July 2014 (Position open till filled)

To apply: Please send initial inquiries regarding this position to Jonathan Thompson All official applications, which must include a cover letter and resume including names and contact information for 3 references, must be submitted to: then search for Req. 32812BR.