The Asia Forest Research Centre, Department of Forest Resources Management at UBC-Vancouver Campus seeks a Research Associate to conduct the wildfire related studies funded by a Joint Research Program between UBC Forestry and Chinese research institute. This will include, but not limited to, wildfire temporal and spatial dynamic analysis, wildfire prediction (modeling) and prevention (fire management), wildfire smoke analysis and dispersion (modeling). The objective of this research is to support Chinese forest research institutes deeply understanding the future trend of wildfire, the potential changes in fire regimes and the ecological impacts in different ecosystems of China. The research will be conducted under the supervision of Dr, Guangyu Wang.
- Perform extensive literature reviews related to the wildfire prediction, management, modeling and ecological impacts;
- Perform the analysis of spatial distribution and drivers of wildfire based on GIS and spatial statistic techniques;
- Conduct wildfire smoke analysis, including physical and chemical properties;
- Assess the effect of wildfire on atmospheric environment and forest ecosystems;
- Assistance in field surveying;
- Present results at national and international meetings;
- Prepare internal annual reports and manuscripts for publication in high quality peer reviewed journals.
Candidates must have a Ph.D. in Forest Science or closely related majors and 5 years of research experience in the fields of wildfire ecology and management, specifically, expertise in forest ecology, wildfire prediction, wildfire behavior, drivers and smoke components analysis. The candidate should have some wildfire related publications in high quality peer reviewed journals. The experience of hosting wildfire related programs would be beneficial for the successful application. In addition, the candidate should have strong skills in SPSS, GIS, SAS and MS Excel (including their associated plug-ins). Other requirements for successful applicants include good oral and written communication skills, the ability to work in a dynamic research team.
How to apply
The appointment will initially be for one year, with options for renewal subject to funding sources. Please submit your application through the UBC Careers webpage and include cover letter, current CV and contact information of three references.
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