Staff Scientist (Quantitative and Infectious Disease Ecologist)

Job Summary
The Quantitative and Infectious Disease Ecologist develops, tests, and evaluates documents associated with the Terrestrial Observational System, with a focus on tick-borne, mosquito-borne, and small mammal-borne diseases and pathogens.  Primary responsibilities include writing documents that describe data processing algorithms, generating datasets suitable for testing functionality of data processing algorithms, and supporting the development and execution of analytical contracts.  Other responsibilities include resolving sampling issues encountered by Field Operations staff and refining field and lab protocols.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities
•Develop and test algorithms used in data processing, and produce documents defining the theoretical basis for those algorithms.
•Work with other NEON scientists to develop appropriate data formats for effective, user-friendly data access.
•Develop, test, and evaluate QA/QC protocols for field sampling and data processing.
•Quality-check data from field crews and external labs.
•Review data and provide reports in support of commissioning Terrestrial Observation System data products.
•Work with the NEON Audit lab to develop appropriate workflows for tick-borne, mosquito-borne, and small mammal-borne disease and pathogen data quality control and assurance.
•Assist in the development of training materials and field manuals associated with tick, mosquito, and small mammal sampling protocols.
•Assist with the identification of and interface with external facilities for identification and analyses.
•Assist with the data management between outsourced analytical facilities and NEON Cyberinfrastructure team.
•Lead refinements to sampling designs and protocols to quantify infectious disease and pathogens of ticks, mosquitoes, and small mammals.
•Document the methods and results for all baseline data collection efforts related to the infectious disease and pathogen protocols.
•In coordination with other team members and the Assistant Director for Terrestrial Ecology, contribute to other team deliverables.
•Coordinate information sharing with relevant external and/or internal communities via informal (e.g. email) and formal (e.g. presentations) communications. Work with collaborating laboratories and NEON scientists to facilitate publication of results, and collaborate with other NEON scientists to prepare reports and develop recommendations for best practices, future analyses and data processing.
•Follow NEON and site specific, environmental protection requirements, policy and procedures.

Required Education, Experience, Knowledge, and Skills
•PhD in ecology, evolution, or related field.
•Five (5) years research experience (may include PhD research) in ecology.
•Experience with scientific writing and review.
•Demonstrated record of achievement in the areas of quantitative ecology, ecological modeling and analysis, and/or statistical applications in ecological investigations
•Ability to effectively explain complex statistical approaches to individuals from different disciplinary backgrounds
•Demonstrated ability to interact effectively with a wide range of scientific, technical, and management staff, stakeholders, and vendors.
•Experience with common statistical software packages (e.g. R, Matlab)
•Detail-oriented, with an ability to produce high quality work in a fast-paced, dynamic environment.
•The candidate may be exposed to conditions in the field, and therefore must be able and willing to traverse uneven ground such as dirt banks, stream beds, and steep slopes carrying, moving, and lifting equipment and materials up to 40 lbs.

Preferred Education, Experience, Knowledge, and Skills
•Five (5) years research experience on infectious diseases and pathogens of ticks, mosquitos, and/or small mammals.
•Experience with large-scale inventory and monitoring programs.
•Proficiency with R, including scripting to automate data QA/QC tasks.
•Proficiency with relational databases (PostreSQL, Access).

This is a term position with work scheduled until end of construction, which is anticipated to be September 30, 2017.

Must have permanent authorization for US employment.

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