Call for Applications: NEON Postdoctoral Fellows


Deadline: 8 May 2020


NEON Postdoctoral Fellows contribute to NEON’s scientific mission through both advancement of science and engagement of the user community. NEON Postdoctoral Fellows receive funding for a period of two years, contingent on successful performance and available funding. The Postdoctoral Fellows leverage NEON data in collaboration with NEON staff and community contributors to generate scientific outcomes and peer-reviewed publications, while engaging the scientific community in NEON data use and potentially generating new tools to facilitate use of NEON data.

These postdoctoral positions are ideally suited for researchers with interests in open, reproducible data science, cross-scale approaches, and/or scientific engagement. Although proposals related to any aspect of NEON science are invited, areas of particular interest for NEON for the 2020 call include:

  • synthesis of continental-scale phenology or biodiversity datasets to enable ecological forecasting,
  • scaling of woody plant biomass and productivity,
  • integration of disparate data streams across the Observatory (e.g., integrating data from the Airborne Observation Platform with data from the Terrestrial or Aquatic Observation Systems), and
  • increasing diversity and inclusion in NEON user communities.

Eligibility criteria

Applicants may hold a doctoral degree in any ecological/environmental science field (e.g., ecology, conservation, biometeorology, ecosystem science, atmospheric modeling), data science, or related field. Candidates must complete all requirements for their Ph.D. by their start date. Applicants should have experience with complex data analyses and strong problem solving and analytical skills. Proven ability to both speak in public to a diversity of audiences and to write and edit scientific literature or content for public delivery is also required. Applicants should also be able to plan and conduct independent research projects from beginning to end. For data-intensive research proposals, applicant should also be a proficient programmer in interpreter languages (e.g., R or Python). Desired qualifications include experience working with large, publicly available datasets; experience working on highly collaborative scientific projects; and experience working with online collaboration and development tools, such as Trello, GitHub, JupyterHub, DockerHub. Applicants must have the authorization to work in the United States.

NEON encourages applications from individuals from groups underrepresented in NEON research, including participants from underrepresented U.S. minorities (African Americans, American Indians including Native Alaskans, Hispanics, and Native Pacific Islanders), and persons with disabilities.


Appointments will be through Battelle, and fellowship awardees will be based full-time (minimum 80% of Battelle workdays) at NEON’s facilities in Boulder, CO. The fellowship provides a competitive annual stipend ($63,900), full employee benefits, and an annual travel allowance ($8,000) to attend meetings, to meet with collaborators, and to support the external Collaborating Mentor’s travel to NEON to work with the Fellow.

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