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Researcher/Scientist III

The University of Arizona
Job Location:
Oracle, Arizona
Laboratory and Research

Posting Number: req11106

Department: Biosphere 2

Location: Outside of Tucson

Address: 32540 S Biosphere Road, Oracle, AZ 85623 USA

Position Highlights

The Researcher/Scientist III position advances the mission of the University of Arizona's Biosphere 2 Landscape Evolution Observatory (LEO) research system to improve scientific understanding of landscape evolution as an ecosystem process. The duty post for this position is Biosphere 2, Oracle, Arizona and will have dual reporting to John Adams, Deputy Director and Chief Operating Officer of Biosphere 2, and Research Director, LEO, Dr. Scott Saleska. To that end, the LEO project coordinator/research scientist both engages directly with the science (conducting research in the LEO system) and provides leadership to coordinate the collaborative interdisciplinary scientific activities that lead to that advancement. In particular, this position will help lead the LEO scientific program to the next stage, to put "Life on LEO" by developing protocols and implementing approaches to study vegetation communities to the LEO hillslopes, in accord with an experiment and strategic plan developed through a community process which will be coordinated in part by this position. This position requires advanced scientific knowledge and expertise in the field of ecology, remote sensing of vegetated landscapes, appreciation of and engagement with the related scientific disciplines needed to understand landscape evolution, and demonstrated leadership to drive the field forward.

The mission of Biosphere 2 is to advance our understanding of the natural and human-made environment through unique research and experimentation, interdisciplinary science training and education, and leadership in initiatives that address the grand challenges to sustaining Earth systems and quality of life.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities

Duties & responsibilities:

  • Coordinates efforts to cultivate and advance scientific community engagement with LEO science, by promoting collaboration within the fields of biology (from evolutionary ecology to plant and microbial biology to ecosystem science), and with related disciplines of hydrology, geomorphology, geochemistry, remote sensing, and data integration.
  • Leading, co-leading, or coordination, as appropriate, of research and proposal-writing efforts to advance LEO science and sustain a long-term research plan for LEO. These efforts will be critical for developing the next "Life on LEO" science phase to investigate the role of plant and microbial processes in landscape evolution, and for deriving new approaches to answer novel scientific questions in the field of ecology in relation to landscape evolution.
  • Leads, coordinates, and assists, as appropriate, scientific planning and implementation activities on the LEO hillslopes, working closely with the LEO director of Science, with scientific collaborators, and with Biosphere 2 research staff, postdocs, and students.
  • Identifies, prioritizes, and manages research and data product development, and delivery to the scientific community, with a focus on remote sensing and related methods to scale exchange of CO2 and water from individual plants to the LEO landscape.
  • Implements grant-funded projects, according to the management plan of the particular proposals funded. Co-leads (with the LEO director of science) the writing of strategic planning documents and reports.
  • Authors several peer-reviewed scientific articles, posters, and professional presentations per year.
  • Additional duties may be assigned

Knowledge, skills & abilities:

  • Ability to communicate effectively with different groups/individuals.
  • Strong Project Management and Organizational skills.
  • Proven grant writing skills.
  • Skilled in public speaking and presenting information to large groups.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in scientific field or equivalent advanced learning attained through professional level experience required.
  • Minimum of 5 years of relevant work experience is required.
  • Must be able to work a flexible weekly schedule including working a combination of day, evening and overnight shifts on a regular basis as required. May require work on holiday and weekends as needed by the facility.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Doctoral Degree in Biological field and experience with grant writing.

FLSA: Exempt

Full Time/Part Time: Full Time

Number of Hours Worked per Week: 40

Job FTE: 1.0

Work Calendar: Fiscal

Job Category: Research

Benefits Eligible: Yes - Full Benefits

Rate of Pay: $55,000

Compensation Type: salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)



Career Stream and Level


Job Family

Researchers & Scientists

Job Function


Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Number of Vacancies: 1

Contact Information for Candidates

John Adams


Open Until Filled: Yes

Documents Needed to Apply: Resume and Cover Letter

Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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