BIDS is hiring: Data Science and Global Environmental Change Postdoctoral Fellowship

December 1, 2020

Global environmental change is the defining challenge of our age. The pace of this change is accelerating faster than our efforts to address it. Environmental change is already impacting natural and human communities globally with complex, often unintended consequences. They include critical loss of biodiversity and associated ecosystems, expansion of invasive species, collapse or conversion of major biomes, and threats to human health, food, fiber, and fuel production. 

The Berkeley Institute for Data Science (BIDS) is seeking a creative and driven postdoctoral researcher with a strong background in environmental science, ecology, and/or biology and in performing data intensive research. As part of this fellowship, the successful candidate will create a research project using the latest data science methods and tools to answer questions related to how organisms respond to global change. Ideally, the work will have the potential to affect environmental policy. In light of the increasing wildfire challenges in California, we are especially interested in research investigating wildfire mitigation and how wildfire affects California ecosystems. 

The Berkeley Institute for Data Science (BIDS) is seeking a creative and driven postdoctoral researcher with a strong background in environmental science, ecology, and/or biology and in performing data intensive research. The position requires the Fellow to create a research project using the latest data science methods and tools to answer questions related to how organisms respond to global change. Ideally the work will have the potential to affect environmental policy. In light of the increasing wildfire challenges in California, we are especially interested in research investigating wildfire mitigation and how wildfire affects California ecosystems.

The Data Science and Global Environmental Change Postdoctoral Fellowship is an independent full-time two-year fellowship position at BIDS, with the possibility to renew for a second year. It is made possible by funding from Accenture Applied Intelligence.

Success in this position will be evaluated on the Fellow’s contribution of a mixture of research products and creation of a workshop or seminar series in scope of the independent, self-directed research project. The research products expected include (but are not limited to) communicating the research project results in academic publications, contributing to open source scientific software, creating curated datasets/databases and blogs, and developing whitepapers about data science and global environmental change.

In defining and carrying out the independent, self-directed research project, the Fellow will work under the guidance of an advisory team made up of BIDS Faculty Affiliates and research staff including David Ackerly, Dean, College of Natural Resources; Rosemary Gillespie, Professor, Environmental Science, Policy, and Management;  Ciera Martinez, Biodiversity and Environmental Sciences Lead, BIDS; and Karthik Ram, Senior Research Data Scientist, BIDS.  The team will mentor the Fellow in defining and executing the research project and provide support, such as accessing relevant datasets and colleagues.

The position will also benefit from collaboration with Accenture Applied Intelligence. Accenture supports BID’s research and educational objectives in data science with current foci on environment and energy, ethical AI, and social justice. The researcher will be able to leverage this relationship to fully harness the data landscape and expertise available. 

In addition, as part of the BIDS research community, the Fellow will have the opportunity to learn from individuals engaged in research software development, computational reproducibility, and data intensive research from a diversity of domains.  

For full details, and to apply for this job posting, please visit this URL: Data Science and Global Environmental Change Postdoctoral Fellowship. Applications will be accepted until January 6, 2021.  Please direct all questions for this position to Ciera Martinez, PhD, Biodiversity and Environmental Sciences Research Lead (ccmartinez@berkley.edu) with the subject line “Independent Postdoctoral Fellowship.”

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Originally issued December 1, 2020.  Reissued December 17, 2020.



Featured Fellows

David Ackerly

Natural Resources; Integrative Biology; Environmental Science, Policy, and Management
Faculty Affiliate

Rosemary Gillespie

Environmental Science, Policy, and Management; Berkeley Natural History Museums; UC Berkeley
BIDS Faculty Council

Ciera Martinez

Biodiversity and Environmental Sciences Lead

Karthik Ram

Senior Research Data Scientist