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SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry Postdoctoral Associate - College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, New York

Location: Syracuse, NY Category: Research Foundation Posted On: Tue Sep 14 2021 Job Description:

Title: Postdoctoral Associate

Unit: Sustainable Resources Management

Duration: 1 1/2 to 2 years

Location: Syracuse, NY

Salary: $48,000 - $60,000 (based upon experience)

The Climate & Applied Forest Research Institute at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF) in Syracuse invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Associate to work with Dr. Therasme and other members of the CAFRI team to develop the data and methods needed to fully account for the carbon storage and substitution benefits associated with harvested wood products (HWP) produced or used in NYS. This research fills a critical gap in New York State's (NYS) capacity to conduct accurate carbon accounting for working forest lands and to inform regulatory decisions needed to implement the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA). This project will assess the short- and long-term carbon storage potential of the state's HWP so that forest managers, policy makers and the public can make informed decisions that can improve and sustain the contributions of forest lands across NYS towards reaching the goals in the CLCPA. This research is part of a larger multi-disciplinary effort at ESF to provide policymakers and the public with science-based and practical solutions to address climate change. This broader network is the Climate and Applied Forest Research Institute (CAFRI, that includes forest, energy, climate and visualization experts. The successful applicant will engage with and contribute to this larger initiative as part of this work.

Primary Responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

  • Lead research activities on carbon accounting of harvested wood products based on IPCC protocols and develop recommendations for forest managers, policy makers and the public that will help the state reach the goals in the CLCPA,

  • Collect and analyze harvested wood product data, and write and publish papers,

  • Write grants and progress reports,

  • Present research findings to colleagues, policy makers, and the public,

  • Work collaboratively with faculty from a range of different fields and perspectives, mentor graduate and undergraduate students, collaborate with staff from the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets and Department of Environmental Conservation, and

  • Perform other duties as assigned.

    Job Requirements:

Required Qualifications:

  • PhD in Natural Resources Management, Wood Products, Engineering, Sustainable Energy or any related fields

  • Strong analytical skills

  • Strong track record of publication in peer reviewed literature and in writing grants

  • Strong written and oral communication skills

  • Proven ability to work effectively as part of a team

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Prior experience with carbon accounting, carbon footprinting, or life cycle assessment

  • Prior experience with harvested wood products

  • A strong commitment to working with diverse individuals and communities.

    Additional Information:

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The Research Foundation is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.