Postdoctoral Research Associate

The High Meadows Environmental Institute (HMEI), formerly the Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI), invites applications for postdoctoral research associate and more senior research positions focusing on the scientific, technical, policy, and human dimensions of environmental issues. These areas include issues surrounding global change; energy and climate; biogeochemical cycles; molecular geochemistry; biodiversity; conservation; environmental science and policy; infectious disease and global health; and sustainable development in impoverished and resource-challenged regions of the world. Appointments are for one year with the possibility of renewal based upon satisfactory performance and continued funding. This position is subject to the University’s background check policy.

Applicants must apply online at www.princeton.edu/acad-positions/position/22341 and submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a brief statement of research interest, and names and contact information for three references. All materials must be submitted online.

Candidates are required to have a Ph.D. degree in a related field.

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

 


Application for Postdoctoral Research Associate(s) – J. Levine’s Research Group

The High Meadows Environmental Institute (HMEI) invites applications for a postdoctoral research associate and/or more senior research position with Jonathan Levine’s research group to study (1) the dynamics of populations, communities, or ecosystems, with potential implications for terrestrial carbon storage, or (2) the management of land for the dual and potentially competing goals of biodiversity conservation and natural climate solutions. Within either theme, the research questions and approaches are flexible and will be determined by the successful candidate. She/he will work with a multi-disciplinary team of researchers affiliated with HMEI’s Carbon Mitigation Initiative and will start in summer/fall 2021.

Candidates are required to have a Ph.D. degree in ecology or related field. Appointments are for one year with the expected renewal for a second year based upon satisfactory performance. This position is subject to the University’s background check policy. Applicants must apply via https://www.princeton.edu/acad-positions/position/20561 and submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a brief statement of research interest, and names and contact information for three references. Applications from groups historically underrepresented in ecology are encouraged. More information about Jonathan’s research group can be found on the research group website: https://levine.princeton.edu

Application review will begin June 15, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.

Questions about the position should be emailed to Jonathan at levinej@princeton.edu, with a CV attached.

Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

 


Research Software Engineer

The Maxwell Lab and the Integrated GroundWater Modeling Center (IGWMC) is assembling a team of research software engineers, Hydrologists and Machine learning experts to build a next generation hydrologic forecasting platform called HydroGEN (https://vimeo.com/568645775).  HydroGEN is a web-based machine learning (ML) platform to generate custom hydrologic scenarios on demand. Without any prior modeling experience, users will be able to directly manipulate state-of-the-art tools to explore the risks of future events that matter to them.  Our platform builds off the first and only physics-based high-resolution groundwater surface water model in the US. This gives us a unique ability to train ML models that can capture the potential for extreme events in changing systems.  Water is the driving force behind extreme events like floods, droughts and wildfires costing the US billions of dollars every year.  Our goal is to build tools that put the best science directly in the hands of decision makers and planners.  Helping them better prepare for and manage future extreme events.

We are seeking talented Research Software Engineers (RSEs) to join our team and help develop the HydroGEN platform. This position will be appointed through the High Meadows Environmental Institute at Princeton University and will collaborate with team members from participating institutions (Cyverse, University of Arizona, Princeton University and ViQi) to support and extend a high profile, open source multi-cloud orchestration software. We seek highly-motivated individuals with an appetite to learn about new technologies, ability to perform in team environments, flexible attitude, attention to detail, and excellent communication skills.

This is a 2 year term position with possibility of renewal based on continued funding and performance.

 

Responsibilities

RESEARCH, ANALYSIS & SYSTEM DESIGN

  • Contribute to the development, support, and maintenance of an open-source software for the research community.
  • Gather and identify software requirements from the project team, developers, and other stakeholders.
  • Contribute to the development of professional processes, procedures, and standards for delivering quality products in a timely fashion.
  • Evaluate and research software technologies as necessary

PRODUCTION AND IMPLEMENTATION

  • Implement software according to the project requirements, specifications, and timelines.
  • Benchmark and analyze the performance of the web applications and its associated components
  • Regularly meet with, listen to, and ask questions of researchers to ensure that engineered solutions fit the research need.
  • Work independently, quickly translate research priorities into flexible software solutions that will
    meet potentially vague and nebulous requirements due to the inherent unpredictability of academic research.
  • Develop software tools that allow researchers to interact in flexible ways with extremely large data sets.

DOCUMENTATION AND SUPPORT

  • Ensure long term maintainability and sustainability of solutions, documenting projects in a descriptive and appropriately detailed manner that can be understood by both researchers and future Research Software Engineers.
  • Maintain knowledge of current and future software development tools and techniques, programming languages, and high-performance computing hardware.
  • Provide support to users and create end-user documentation as needed.
  • Continually keep abreast of a rapidly changing landscape of software engineering best practices, software development techniques, and computational research solutions.

Additional software engineering-related duties may be assigned

 

Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or related field.
  • Experience in JavaScript, Python, Go, or other comparable programming language for web and/or microservices development
  • Solid understanding or experience in using and development RESTful APIs, modeling contemporary best practices e.g. OpenAPI and Swagger
  • Experience with contemporary software development tools and processes, such as git, CI/CD, and containerized deployments
  • Solid understanding about web-based networking communication, protocols, and security issues
  • Must have experience with creating software using databases, such as MySQL, PostgreSQL, MongoDB, Redis, or Neo4j
  • Demonstrable ability to meet deadlines and work with limited supervision
  • Have a mindset to collaborative with management, user experience designers, and other software engineers
  • Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Must have an excellent customer service attitude

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with one or more of the following:
    • developing using microservices, containerized services, or distributed systems, including using with Docker and Kubernetes
    • event-driven services and architecture
    • developing user interfaces using React, Next.js, Express, or other JavaScript frameworks is beneficial
    • automating deployments using CI/CD, container orchestration, or ansible
  • Experience debugging, monitoring, benchmarking, and optimizing the performance of web applications
  • Software development in a Linux environment, including management of underlying Linux network services is beneficial
  • Advanced degree in computer science or equivalent

Applicants must apply online at https://main-princeton.icims.com/jobs/13218/research-software-engineer/job?hub=15.

Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. EEO IS THE LAW

 


Research Specialist

The Levine Lab (Dept. of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Princeton University) is seeking multiple full-time, professional specialists, to work as research assistants and contribute to three projects funded by the High Meadows Environmental Institute, Princeton University : (1) data extraction & databasing as part of a biodiversity and land-based climate solution analysis, (2) experimental studies of competition between evolving Drosophilid fly species, (3) experimental tests of the processes maintaining plant diversity in California grasslands. Candidates will be selected based on their ability to contribute to one or several projects, depending on their interests and background.

We aim to have the successful applicants start September 15, 2021, and the contract will be for one year. The project timeline requires full-time work, and is unable to accommodate part-time work spread over a longer period. The work is based on campus at Princeton, though the California field work will involve extended trips to Santa Barbara county and the meta-analysis will require trips to NC State University to work with Dr. Will Petry. Remote work is only an option for the first several months.

The Levine Lab is actively working to build a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable environment in our institutions. We enthusiastically encourage applicants who identify with groups that have and continue to be marginalized and excluded from participation in science.

 

Responsibilities

  • Assemble data from the literature on land-based climate solutions (such as reforestation), with a focus on their carbon storage potential and impacts on biodiversity. Collate and organize the data within a computer program.
  • Raise and maintain laboratory populations of fruit flies for use in experiments. Help conduct experiments where different fly species compete against one another in laboratory settings. Measure the sizes of the fly populations in the experiments, and measure key traits of the individuals. Enter the resulting data into a computer.
  • Help execute field experiments on plant populations. Organize the seeds for planting in the field, measure the germination of those seeds, weed the plots, and measure seed production. Enter data into a computer.
  • Help the doctoral students and postdoctoral scholars with data entry, weighing of samples, and assembly of publicly available data.

 

Qualifications

The candidate must have the ability to work independently, manage time, and communicate progress & obstacles. We expect the applicant to have college/university-level coursework in biology, zoology, botany, ecology, environmental science or related disciplines.  For those primarily interested in the land-based climate solutions analysis, we expect experience reading & summarizing information from primary scientific literature or online databases. For those interested in the fly or plant competition studies, we expect experience working with insect or plant populations in the field or lab.

Applicants must apply online at https://research-princeton.icims.com/jobs/13269/research-specialist/job?hub=15.

Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. EEO IS THE LAW

 


Application for Postdoctoral Research Associate

The High Meadows Environmental Institute has an opening for a postdoctoral or more senior researcher in the area of air-sea interactions to work with Prof. Luc Deike, in collaboration with Dr. Brandon Reichl from NOAA-GFDL. The candidate will work on a mechanistic formulation for gas transfer, that fully accounts for the effects of sea-state, wind, and key physico-chemical variables such as diffusivity, solubility and temperature through the role of bubble mediated gas exchange, based on the formulations from Deike and Melville 2018; Reichl and Deike 2020. The candidate will use the state-of-the-art spectra wave model, WAVEWATCH III, leveraging recent progress in wave modeling, to directly estimate the breaking statistic, and evaluate the global and regional bubble contribution to air-sea gas exchange for various gases key to the climate system such as carbon dioxide. The modeling approach will be systematically evaluated against recent and historical data sets.

The ideal candidate will have a strong background in numerical modeling and prior knowledge of ocean surface wave dynamics, but candidates with the necessary background in geophysical fluid dynamics and/or physics & engineering will be given full consideration. A Ph.D. in a related field is required. The position is available for one year, with a possibility for renewal contingent upon satisfactory performance and funding.

Applicants should include a cover letter, a curriculum vitae including a publication list, and contact information for at least three references by applying at the Princeton University Academic Hiring website at https://www.princeton.edu/acad-positions/position/22121

This position is subject to the University’s background check policy. Princeton University is an equal opportunity employer/affirmative action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

 


Application for HMEI Environmental Fellows Program

The High Meadows Environmental Institute (HMEI) at Princeton University is now accepting applications for the 2022-2023 HMEI Environmental Fellows Program. This honorific postdoctoral fellowship program provides opportunities for outstanding environmental scholars to participate in environment-related research and teaching at Princeton. Because the fellowship includes both research and teaching, candidates need to identify potential faculty mentors for both research and teaching – these may or may not be the same person.

More than 120 members of the Princeton University faculty, representing close to 30 academic departments (in Social Sciences, Humanities, Natural Sciences and Engineering), are affiliated and participate with HMEI. Successful candidates will work in collaboration with members of the High Meadows Environmental Institute and associated departments.

Applications are welcome from candidates who have earned a Ph.D. during the period January 2019 through December 2021 or expect to have a Ph.D. by the start of the fellowship. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

Biogeochemical Cycles Bodiversity
Environmental Humanities
Climate Change and Health
Environmental Chemistry
Water Resources
Climate Change
Climate and Energy
Geomicrobiology Oceanography
Carbon Mitigation
Climate Change Mitigation
Atmospheric Science Earth History
Food Systems
Ecosystem Science

 

Applicants should contact potential faculty sponsors to discuss their application and to confirm the faculty members’ willingness to supervise their work should they be accepted into the program. An indication of the faculty sponsorship should be noted in their application.

Applications received before November 15, 2021, 11:59 pm eastern time, will be given full consideration. Applicants should include a cover letter, a curriculum vitae including a publication list, a 1-2 page statement of research interests and goals, a brief statement of teaching interests and goals (1 – 2 pages), a separate statement outlining how they see themselves contributing to HMEI’s mission of building a diverse and inclusive program (1 – 2 pages), and name, mailing address, and email address of three referees familiar with their work. All applications must be submitted through the Princeton University jobsite at https://www.princeton.edu/acad-positions/position/22561. HMEI Environmental Fellowships provide a competitive annual salary, depending upon experience, along with a significant allowance for travel to meetings and for research support. Initial awards are for one year, with the possibility of renewal for up to two additional years depending on satisfactory performance and available funding. The earliest starting date is February 1, 2022.

This position is subject to the University’s background check policy.

Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

 


CMI Program Manager

Overview

The High Meadows Environmental Institute (HMEI) at Princeton University advances understanding of the Earth as a complex system influenced by human activities, and informs solutions to local and global challenges by conducting groundbreaking research across disciplines and by preparing future leaders in diverse fields to impact a world increasingly shaped by climate change.

HMEI seeks a highly motivated and resourceful individual with scientific, engineering or technical background to serve as program manager to provide administrative, communications, and relationship management support for HMEI’s Carbon Mitigation Initiative (CMI).

CMI is an independent academic research program sponsored by bp and administered by HMEI. Established in 2000, the mission of CMI is to lead the way to a compelling and sustainable solution to the carbon and climate change problem.

This is a part-time, 50%, term position

 

Responsibilities

The Program Manager partners with faculty co-Principal Investigators (PIs) to coordinate research activities and to manage details including contractual agreements, budgets, research awards, executive visits, reporting and communication functions. They serve as liaison/relationship manager, working with co-PIs and bp executives to address strategic issues pertaining to the program’s overall objectives and communication requirements.

The Program Manager will participate in virtual and in-person meetings, planning sessions, executive briefings, and webinars. They will assist PIs with contract renewal, budgeting and in making awards for faculty research. The CMI Program Manager will work cooperatively with HMEI’s Manager, Finance and Administration to track and report on budget/expenditures.

The Program Manager will have a leadership role in organizing the CMI Annual Meeting, a multi-day forum for presentations and discussions involving 100+ faculty, researchers, students, bp senior executives, and industry/academic/policy thought leaders. The Program Manager will direct the activities of staff assisting with logistical details of executive visits and event planning. They will coordinate the selection of the CMI Best Paper award for postdoctoral research associates and doctoral students.

The Program Manager will manage channels of communication. They will oversee the timely production of CMI publications including the CMI Annual Report. They will manage the content and visuals of the CMI website as a resource for internal and external audiences with news and information about the project and as an archive of research outcomes and publications. The CMI Program Manager will be responsible for drafting/reviewing/editing reports, memorandums, exhibits, press releases, power point presentations, and executive briefing documents.

 

Qualifications

Essential Qualifications:

Master’s degree in environmental science, engineering, research or science communications. 4-6 years of relevant work experience. Demonstrates maturity, confidence, and a diplomatic and professional demeanor. Customer focused. Ability to take initiative. Superior oral and written skills with the ability to digest/synthesize/translate technical material for presentation to a mixed audience.

Proven skills in project management. Resourceful and creative in approaching assignments. Organized with ability to meet tight deadlines, prioritize and work on multiple projects simultaneously.

Demonstrated ability to work well with others including faculty, senior administrators, subordinates, and corporate executives.

Supervisory experience and experience staging and managing events.

Ability to travel on occasion. Competency with Microsoft Desktop applications and data management software.

 

Preferred Qualifications:

Ph.D. preferred.

 

Applicants must apply online at https://main-princeton.icims.com/jobs/13464/cmi-program-manager/job?hub=15&mobile=false&width=1050&height=500&bga=true&needsRedirect=false&jan1offset=-300&jun1offset=-240

Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. EEO IS THE LAW

 


Application for Postdoctoral Research Associate – Intersection of Ecology and Land Surface Modeling

The High Meadows Environmental Institute at Princeton University, in collaboration with UCLA and UCSB is seeking a Postdoctoral fellow or more senior researcher with a passion for studying the natural world, motivated to take on the challenge of improving our understanding of linkages between plant traits and ecosystem processes under changing environmental conditions. The position is available under the supervision of Dr. Matteo Detto and funded by an NSF grant (Award 2017804) for a duration of two years.

This project aims to provide a mechanistic understanding of the role of traits, including hydraulic traits, in determining fluxes for several forested NEON and FluxNet sites. The post-doc will join a highly collaborative research project under the supervision of Dr. Matteo Detto and be responsible for working with and developing the state-of-the-science Land Model in collaboration with the Geophysical Fluids Dynamics Lab. Additional available resources include rich trait and flux datasets collected by the project field team at NEON sites across the continental US.

Candidates must have received a Ph.D. in ecology, earth sciences, applied math, or the physical, biological, or chemical sciences. Rigorous training in physiological ecology is preferred along with very strong dynamical, modeling, and quantitative skills. Postdoctoral appointments are initially for one year with the renewal for subsequent years based on satisfactory performance and continued funding. A competitive salary is offered commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Applicants are asked to submit a cover letter, vitae, a publication list, a statement of research experience and interests, and names of at least 3 references. Applicants should apply online to https://www.princeton.edu/acad-positions/position/22782. Review of applications will begin as soon as they are received and continue until the position is filled. This position is subject to the University’s background check policy.

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