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NEON Project Scientist at Boulder Headquarters

Project Scientist

This position reports to the Project Manager. The Project Scientist coordinates the design and development of scientific activities during the construction phase of the Observatory. The Project Scientist oversees, leads and guides the efforts of NEON Staff Scientists to ensure the scientific integrity and viability of science requirements in all measurement and observation systems for the Observatory during construction. The Project Scientist is responsible for the day-to-day management of the science product teams assuring the quality of science and meeting schedules, budgets and the production of work products.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
• Ensures the integrity, traceability and viability of the NEON scientific requirements in the design and development activities of the NEON construction project. S/he will be responsible for performing essential scientific analyses to build and deliver integrated measurement and observation sub-systems and articulating alternative solutions as necessary.
• Leads and manages the NEON scientific teams (Fundamental Instrument Unit, Fundamental Sampling Unit, Aquatics and STREON, and Collections and Laboratory Analysis) and the Commissioning Scientist in their timely execution of project activities leading to the delivery of scientific products, including the development of the annual budget, planning and staffing.
• Facilitates the timely delivery of Data Products through the identification of sensor suppliers, development of sampling protocols, site selections and the provision of algorithms for data processing, and the oversight of the relevant contracts and procurements.
• Defines and implements the science commissioning activities that lead to the verification of NEON science requirements, to ensure all data adheres to NEON quality standards.
• Serves as the primary scientific representative and spokesperson for scientific matters related to constructing the Observatory to include liaising with site owners, technical working groups, the NEON Observatory Scientist and other advisory groups as necessary. Coordinates communications with the NEON Observatory Scientist to ensure consistent messaging to external stakeholders (STEAC, NSF, NEON members).
• Interacts with other construction Product Team Leaders in the execution of project activities to optimize implementation of scientific requirements across subsystems.

Required Education, Experience, Knowledge, Skills:

• PhD with at least 10 years of expertise and established record of outstanding scholarly achievement in ecology or other discipline related to the NEON Science mission.
• Strong program management experience to include leading and managing large and interdisciplinary teams of scientists, as well as coordinating the design, development, and implementation of multiple, diverse projects and the teams of scientists supporting them.
• Strong leadership and interpersonal/communication skills, especially with regard to team building among diverse professional and technically-trained staff, with the ability to translate efficiently the needs/responsibilities of the project into effective work plans for the science teams.
• Extensive experience successfully advocating for a scientific organization to government agencies, funding organizations, and other stakeholders.
• Strong scientific credentials, with an outstanding record of achievement.
• Broad knowledge of ecological sciences and related fields applicable to NEON including one or more of the following: taxonomy and systematics, evolutionary biology, epidemiology, remote sensing and informatics. Knowledge of biodiversity, disease, population, or community ecology is desirable.
• Experience with/understanding of planning, development, implementation, operation and supervision of ecological field studies, analytical laboratories, and data collection.
• Knowledge of field and instrument sampling and measurement techniques.

Preferred Education, Experience, Knowledge, Skills:
• Broadly trained in field-based ecology and related sciences relevant to NEON.
• Experience addressing science questions at broad geographic scales; preferably at the regional to continental scale.
• Experience with statistical and modeling experience in large scale ecology.
• History of active engagement with the ecological and natural resources management communities.
• Experience in developing and communicating science policy and plans.
• Familiarity with development and commissioning of large-scale science projects with distributed sites and management.
• Experience in implementing or managing inventory and monitoring programs.
• History of good communication experience among multiple partners — academic, government, nonprofit and private.
• Knowledge of field-based biology protocols and best practices.
• Direct experience working with field crews and field stations.
• Experience working in a collaborative scientific enterprise or project.
• Ability to coach, mentor and counsel junior scientists with a wide range of experience, skills and interests.
• Self-starter, who can create new opportunities, use novel methods, analyses and approaches to enable continental-scale research.

This is a term position with work scheduled until December 31, 2017.

Must have permanent authorization for US employment.

Please apply to:

NEON Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, Minorities, Veterans and Disabled Persons are encouraged to apply.

Applications Scientist at LI-COR

Applications Scientist

1) Provide specialized technical support to researchers and scientists, especially for photosynthesis products, including plant gas exchange and leaf chlorophyll fluorescence, as well as canopy architecture, leaf area, and light measurement. 2) Provide scientific leadership in understanding and developing new products and product applications, 3) Present results to the scientific community in professional talks, workshops, and published manuscripts, 4) Write technical application notes and provide training to LI-COR customers and employees, 5) Actively participate in the technical sales process.

Professional Qualifications
Ph.D. or equivalent experience in ecophysiology, environmental physics, plant physiology, agronomy or related field. Preferred experience in mathematical modeling or analysis of biological or environmental problems, turbulent fluxes, hydrologic systems, light propagation in canopies, or related processes.
Ideal candidate will be fluent in Mandarin.
•Understanding and practical experience in ecophysiology, environmental physics, plant physiology, agronomy or related field.
•Familiarity with the techniques, instrumentation, and laboratory procedures fundamental to plant physiology, environmental physics, agronomy or related field.
•Understanding of mathematical and physical principles as they relate to instrumentation and biological or environmental issues.
•Demonstrated record of independent creative activity and expertise relating to plant physiology or environmental instrumentation.
•Experience in working with, teaching, or mentoring colleagues, students and/or customers.
•Demonstrated record of writing published scientific papers and/or posters or proven history of writing technical or marketing documents describing creative scientific activity of LI-COR products or applications.
•Ability to mentor others or lead teams to accomplish technical goals.
•Possess mature scientific judgment.
•Sustained record demonstrating initiative and motivation.
•Demonstrated creativity in generating and testing new products, applications or scientific ideas.
•Experience in mentoring individuals, team participation, facilitating small group activities, group teaching, seminar presentations or customer communication.
•Demonstrated excellent oral and written communication skills.
•Demonstrated ability to write scientific and technical documents.
•Demonstrated dependability, team player, positive attitude, and good attendance.
•Demonstrated high ethics, integrity, honesty and patience.

Position Responsibilities
Customer support
•Provide expert and sophisticated technical support to solve problems that require a high level of experience and understanding.
•Lead LI-COR in-house training courses for customers and distributors. Help organize and participate in offsite customer training and support.
Product development
•Recognize key scientific problems that must be addressed to develop and test new products, applications and protocols.
•Aid in the design and execution of experiments that address these problems.
•Lead and serve on new product development teams.
•Lead the testing and validation of new instrumentation. Conduct field experiments as needed.
•Participate in scientific meetings, travel to customer sites and read the scientific literature to understand customer requirements for instruments and their applications.
•Coordinate the logistics of Beta test sites and manage prototype and demo inventory.
Technical Sales and Marketing
•Develop and give technical presentations for customers, workshops and seminars.
•Participate in exhibitions (U.S. and International). Assist in on-site demonstrations.
•Take incoming sales calls/correspondence from customers and provide the necessary information and follow-up.
•Participate in developing and reviewing technical and promotional literature.
Scientific communication
•Write and review technical presentations and manuscripts for scientific meetings and journals.
•Write and review LI-COR technical documents such as manuals, application notes and protocols.
•Give oral technical presentations within LI-COR, to customer groups, and at major scientific meetings.
•Read journal articles, newsletters, product literature and other sources that present new protocols, ideas, and technologies in order to effectively implement strategies in the lab that require state-of-the-art science and technology.
•Moderate overnight and some international travel is required.
•Medium Work- Exerting 20-50 pounds of occasionally, and/or 10-25 pounds of force frequently, and/or greater than negligible up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.
•Other job related duties as assigned.