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Research Associate

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Posting Details

Posting Information

Vacancy Type Post Doc
Is Internal Transfer Only No
Time-Limited Appointment Length No
If Yes, Appointment Length 1 year
Working Title Research Associate
Anticipated Hiring Range $55,000.00
Position Number 00106509
Work Schedule Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm (8 hours/day; 40 hours/week) Some travel and weekend work required.
Full Time Equivalent (FTE) 1.0
Department 150201 - Parks, Recreation & Tourism Mg
Department 150201 - Parks, Recreation & Tourism Mg
Job City & State Raleigh, NC
Essential Job Duties

Design, test, and interpret multi-attribute optimization models to support climate adaptation and planning for the management of cultural resources (e.g. historic buildings) at two National Park Service sites. Work in close collaboration with the Southeast Climate Science Center and USGS decision analysists (Dr. Mitch Eaton and Dr. Max Post van der Burg). Some travel required for on-site data collection at park sites and for on-site collaboration with off-site USGS decision analysts. Collaborate with social scientists in refining valuation frameworks and cost estimates for management actions, as well as the evaluation of expected effects of management actions. Assist or lead in writing grant proposals, technical and non-technical reports, fact sheets, other public-audience deliverables, and peer-reviewed journal articles. Lead and collaborate in web-based trainings. Office space will be provided in the Southeast Climate Science Center, located on NC State University’s main campus in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Other Work/Responsibilities

Mentor, train and supervise undergraduate and/or graduate research assistants. Collaborate with the USDOI Southeast Science Center personnel, faculty affiliates and global change fellows.

Minimum Experience/Education

Ph.D. or equivalent doctorate (e.g., M.D., D.V.M., Sc.D.) in appropriate field awarded no more than five (5) years from initial date of postdoctoral appointment.

Departmental Required Skills


Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education

Ph.D. in Computer Sciences, Engineering, Operations Research,
Economics, or a Natural/Cultural Resource Science field. Familiarity with
decision science and knowledge of optimization algorithms, including
globally optimal and heuristic methods, strongly preferred. Computer
programming skills required, ideally with proficiency in R or C++.
Demonstration of strong publication record (as lead or contributing
author), including technical reports, fact sheets, and peer-reviewed
journal articles will be an important factor in the selection process.

Educational or work experience related to federal agency research or management preferred. Experience working with stakeholder groups considered beneficial, but not required.

Required License or Certification


Special Instructions
Job Open Date 08/28/2017
Must Be Open Until

Positions will be posted until 5:00 PM ET on this date. Positions remaining posted after this date are still accepting applications but may close at any time.
Is this position partially or fully funded on ARRA stimulus monies? No
Proposed Hire Date 09/08/2017

NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process, please call 919-515-3148.
Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. If highest degree is from an institution outside of the U.S., final candidates are required to have their degree verified at Degree must be obtained prior to start date.

NC State University participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.

Supplemental Question

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * How did you learn of this opportunity?
    • NCSU Website
    • NCSU Executive Search Services
    • Other Online Job Board
    • Carolina Job Finder / Employment Guide
    • Job / Career Fair
    • The Chronicle of Higher Education
    • HERC
    • Professional Journal
    • Print Advertisement (Newspaper / Periodical)
    • Professional Organization
    • Direct Contact from NCSU HR Representative / Recruiter
    • NCSU Employee Referral
    • Social Media (LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Other)
    • Other
  2. If you learned about this vacancy from "other source" or "other website", please provide the source.

    (Open Ended Question)

Application Materials Required

Required Documents
  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Contact Information for References
Optional Documents
  1. Cover Letter