Research Associate

Updated: 25 days ago
Location: Raleigh, NORTH CAROLINA

Posting Details

Posting Number PG190649EP
Internal Recruitment No
Working Title Research Associate
Anticipated Hiring Range $50,000-58,000
Work Schedule M-F 8AM-5PM
Job Location Raleigh, NC
Department Forestry and Environmental Resources
About the Department

The Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources has a faculty with a wide variety of strengths in forestry and natural resources management, policy, and economics, environmental technology, fisheries and wildlife, tree improvement, silviculture, forest biotechnology, international forestry, biodiversity, conservation and restoration ecology, and geographic information systems. The Department offers undergraduate, masters and doctoral degrees, and has a strong commitment to developing partnerships with communities. Faculty, staff, and students work together with business, industry, government, community groups, and non-government organizations to address a wide range of challenges facing our state and the world. These partnerships facilitate research and discovery, teaching and learning, and outreach and service. Additional information about the department can be found at

Essential Job Duties

The Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources at NCSU is looking for a Research Associate to execute the mission and goals of the Southern Forest Resource Assessment Consortium (SOFAC). SOFAC develops forest sector market models for application to forest resource
assessments and projections modeling at different spatial and temporal scales. The candidate will independently develop and/or support new modeling applications and empirical analysis, liaise with
consortium members from the public and private sectors regarding their research efforts, and will co-author or contribute to publications in peer reviewed journals based on their research.

1) The Research Associate will offer high-level research support to SOFAC, which will entail the following:
• Geospatial analysis, including compilation and synthesis of spatial datasets using GIS for use in modeling or econometric applications.
• Data analysis using the Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) dataset.
• Develop modeling strategies using the Southeast Regional Timber Supply model (SRTS) analyses, which will require knowledge and experience with forest resource management modeling, Excel and Visual Basic, and data processing in R.
• Use Python, SAS, or other programs in the analyses and synthesize SRTS model outputs for building market and resource availability/utilization projections for the Southeastern United States.
• Use R, Tableau, or similar visualization software to develop summary visuals from SRTS analyses.
• Contribute to the efforts of the new SOFAC director with regional, U.S., or global forest resource assessments and modeling activities, which will require experience with structural optimization modeling in forestry and land use systems using the Generalized Algebraic Modeling Systems (GAMS) or other platforms (e.g., Python).
2) The Research Associate will manage the SRTS code (in Visual Basic), consistently updating it and including references so that Co-PIs and members can have a clear document when they run the program and to document data updates and code changes. This will require knowledge of or ability to learn code tracking software such as Git.
3) The Research Associate will manage the SOFAC website, which will require updating the visual content, putting new research materials and results on the members-only portion of the site, and migrating old material to the public access portion of the site, and removing any out of date material.

Other Responsibilities

1) Liaise with SOFAC members with requests for design of new simulation analysis confined to different wood baskets.
2) Serve as the lead author of the SOFAC annual report, which is a major report equivalent to a published General Technical Report. Such reports are major efforts and typically take scientists several months to prepare.
3) Organize and moderate SOFAC’s annual meeting sessions and support logistical planning.
4) Record and summarize the discussions and suggestions at the business meeting for reference and distribution to Co-PIs and members as the official minutes of the meeting.

Minimum Experience and Education

MS degree in forest economics or related degree, econometric, statistical, geospatial, and optimization modeling experience.

Other Required Qualifications
  • Knowledge of database and statistical software and the ability to use SAS and/or R code for analyses.
  • High standard of communication, both verbally and written
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office suite.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience with SAS, Python, R, GAMS, ArcGIS, or similar software.
  • Experience with or the ability to learn the USDA Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) database
Required License(s) or Certification(s)


Valid NC Driver's License required No
Commercial Driver's License required No

Job Open Date 10/01/2020
Anticipated Close Date Open Until Filled.
Special Instructions to Applicants

Position Number 00103834
Position Type EHRA Non-Faculty
Full Time Equivalent (FTE) (1.0 = 40 hours/week) 1.00
Appointment 12 Month Recurring
Mandatory Designation - Adverse Weather Non Mandatory - Adverse Weather
Mandatory Designation - Emergency Events Non Mandatory - Emergency Event
Is this position partially or fully funded on ARRA stimulus monies? No
Department ID 150401 - For & Envir Res Acad Research

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