Brief Description of PSU/School/Dept
Portland State University, a 50-acre campus located in downtown Portland, is a nationally acclaimed leader in sustainability and community-based learning. The University’s position in the heart of Oregon’s economic and cultural center enables PSU students and faculty to apply scholarly theory to the real-world problems of business and community organizations. Portland State offers more than 220 undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral degree options, as well as graduate certificates and continuing education programs. PSU is Oregon’s largest and most diverse university, with some 28,000 students who come from all 50 states and from nearly 100 nations around the world.
The Geography Department offers undergraduate and master’s degrees in Geography, undergraduate minors in Geography, GIS, and Water Resources, a Graduate Certificate in GIS, and a joint PhD in Earth, Environment, and Society through the School of the Environment. For more information please Click Here
This position is for a Research Assistant to work on a research project on how hurricanes and wildfires affect forest composition and endangered red-cockaded woodpecker habitat in North Carolina under climate change We are seeking an individual who can conduct forest modeling, analyze model output and work collaboratively across three universities.
Primary Activity - Research
Bachelor’s degree or specific expertise in relevant field
M.S. in relevant field.
Excellent programming skills in R.
Good skills with ArcMap, and experience in data mining of ecological, environmental or climatic databases.
Experience in modeling.
Key Cultural Competencies
• Creates an environment that acknowledges, encourages and celebrates differences.
• Functions and communicates effectively and respectfully within the context of varying beliefs, behaviors, orientations, identities and cultural backgrounds.
• Seeks opportunities to gain experience working and collaborating in diverse, multicultural, and inclusive settings with a willingness to change for continual improvement.
• Adheres to all PSU’s policies including the policies on Prohibited Discrimination & Harassment and the Professional Standards of Conduct.
Contributes to a culture of environmental stewardship, practices resource conservation, and actively works toward achieving long-term sustainability goals.
Professional Standards of Conduct
At Portland State University, all employees are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner which maintains a safe, respectful, and productive environment for faculty, students, administrators, and staff. It is the responsibility of every member of the Portland State University community to conduct themselves in accordance with our PSU Professional Standards of Conduct which are available at www.pdx.edu/hr/professional-standards-conduct.
Total Compensation Range & Benefits Statement
The starting annual salary rate for this position will start at $55,656. The starting salary may be negotiable above this rate, however it will be dependent upon the knowledge, experience, skills and abilities of the chosen candidate, the budget of the hiring department, and approval from HR. PSU’s excellent benefits package includes 95% premium paid healthcare; a generous retirement and vacation package; and reduced tuition rates for employee, spouse or dependent at any of the Oregon Public Universities.