Harvard Forest Research Assistant
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
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
Start Date: July 2014 (Position open till filled)
To apply: Please send initial inquiries regarding this position to
Jonathan Thompson firstname.lastname@example.org. All official applications,
which must include a cover letter and resume including names and contact
information for 3 references, must be submitted to:
http://employment.harvard.edu then search for Req. 32812BR.
About the Harvard Forest: The Forest, a department of Harvard University
with 40 year-round staff, is located 30 min from Amherst, 45 min from
Worcester. Scientists, students, and collaborators at the Forest explore
topics ranging from conservation and environmental change to land-use
history and the ways in which physical, biological and human systems
interact to change our earth.
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