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Research Scientist I

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Department: College Forest Resources & Envr Sci
Work Type: Staff Full-time
Location: Remote, Main Campus (Houghton, MI)
Full Time / Part Time: Full Time
Categories: Research

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer that provides equal opportunity for all, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.  

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Job Description Summary

Synthesize and communicate information on interactions between climate, forest ecology, and forest management. Aid scientists in addressing specific topics related to broad-scale climate vulnerability assessment of urban forests and climate adaptation.Enhance communication and accelerate the rate at which our research is translated to multiple stakeholder groups. Work as a member of the Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science (NIACS), whose charter members include Michigan Technological University and the USDA Forest Service.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities (other duties may be assigned)

▪ Participate in NIACS outreach activities through print- and web-based media, presentations, organization of workshops, and other methods.
▪ Work effectively with scientists to synthesize research information and results into non-technical language for a variety of audiences.
▪ Collaborate with research and management partners on carbon management, climate change, and forest management related projects.

▪ Commit to learning about continuous improvement strategies and applying them to everyday work. Actively engage in University continuous improvement initiatives.

Required Education, Certifications, Licensures (minimum requirements)

▪ Master’s degree in forest ecology/management, natural resources, environmental science/policy, technology transfer or related fields with and emphasis on natural resources management, or an equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and abilities can be acquired.


▪ Bachelor’s degree in forest ecology/management, natural resources, environmental science/policy, technology transfer or related fields and two years experience in natural resources management, technology transfer/outreach or related fields, or an equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and abilities can be acquired.

Required Experience (minimum requirements)

▪ Proficiency with computer applications, including word processing and spreadsheets.

▪ Demonstrated ability in translating scientific research products into non-technical language.

Desirable Education and/or Experience

▪ Publication design and layout experience.
▪ Experience with web page design and/or publication software.
▪ Experience in urban forestry and/or urban ecology

▪ Competence using GIS programs for the generation of maps and basic calculation

Required Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities (minimum requirements)

▪ Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication and presentation skills.
▪ Demonstrated ability to meet and manage deadlines.
▪ Demonstrated ability to organize, prioritize and manage multiple work projects and types of activities.
▪ Demonstrated ability to work with accuracy, precision, and attention to detail.
▪ Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate in both technical and non-technical terminology at a variety of skill levels.

Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively across cultural boundaries and work harmoniously with diverse groups of students, faculty, and staff. 

Required Training and Other Conditions of Employment

Every employee at Michigan Technological University will receive the following 3 required trainings; additional training may be required by the department.

Required University Training:

  • Employee Safety Overview

  • Anti-Harassment, Discrimination, Retaliation Training

  • Annual Data Security Training 

Background Check:

Offers of employment are contingent upon and not considered finalized until the required background check has been performed and the results received and assessed.

Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) % (1=100%)


FLSA Status


Appointment Term

12 months

Pay Rate/Salary

No Less Than $44,000

Title of Position Supervisor

Research Scientist I

Posting Type

Internal & External

Dependent on External Funding


Required Education, Certifications, Licensures* (minimum requirements)

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