Research Assistant – Arctic Eddy Covariance
Mission: Woodwell Climate Research Center (Woodwell) conducts science for solutions at the nexus of climate, people, and nature. We partner with leaders and communities for just meaningful impact to address the climate crisis.
Summary: We seek a Research Assistant to contribute to the establishment and operations of a new Arctic carbon monitoring network, which will include the establishment of new eddy covariance monitoring sites across the Arctic-boreal region and coordination and support for existing flux sites. The Research Assistant will work closely with collaborators and Woodwell scientists to develop the monitoring network, including establishing new flux sites, maintaining new and existing sites, and downloading, quality checking and analyzing data. This position is part of a larger project to monitor and forecast Arctic-boreal carbon fluxes. The successful candidate will work within a highly collaborative environment and be supported by a strong project team including process modelers, remote sensing experts, field scientists, a project manager, and communications and policy experts.
- Work closely with Project Scientists and collaborators to establish new eddy covariance flux sites and provide support for existing sites as needed to ensure data continuity and coverage
- Travel internationally to establish and maintain eddy covariance flux sites for several 2-3 week-long trips per year
- Assist with collection, processing, quality checking, and archiving of eddy covariance flux data
- Assist with purchasing, construction, installation, and maintenance of eddy covariance and other micrometeorological instruments
- Troubleshoot, maintain, and calibrate instrumentation to maximize data quality and coverage
- Assist with data analysis
- Coordinate with research personnel, including PIs, station managers, technicians and research assistants
Qualifications and Experience:
- Bachelor's or Master's degree in Biogeochemistry, Earth System Science, Environmental Science, Ecology, Atmospheric Science, or a related field, or equivalent experience
- Experience working with and troubleshooting scientific or technical equipment
- Competence with scientific computer software and basic data analysis, experience with R statistical language a plus
- Experience setting up and maintaining eddy covariance instrumentation, and collecting, processing, and synthesizing eddy-covariance flux data a plus
- Experience with remote power systems (solar, wind, etc.) a plus
- Knowledge of Arctic carbon cycling, Arctic ecology, and/or climate change research a plus, but not required
- Excellent interpersonal, teamwork, and communication skills
- Valid U.S. driver's license
- Excellent organization and documentation skills
Application review will be ongoing.
Work Dates: November 13, 2023 (start date is flexible) to September 30, 2025, possibility to extend.
Classification and Compensation: This is a fixed-term, temporary, salaried, exempt position. The salary range is $50,000-$55,000 depending on experience. This is a one-year fixed-term appointment, with the possibility to extend depending on funding and performance. Woodwell offers a generous benefits package and values a healthy work life balance.
Location: Based in Falmouth, Massachusetts with international field work.
Worker Eligibility: Must be authorized to work in the U.S.
Application Instructions: To apply, please send your cover letter addressing your experience and qualifications in relation to the responsibilities of this position, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references as a single PDF to our careers portal. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Please type RA-AEC on all correspondence.
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