Post-doctoral Fellow in Cross-scale Human-Ecological Modeling and East African Land-use Change


School of Global Environmental Sustainability, Colorado State University


Sunday, June 30, 2019

Start Date

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Position description

We are hiring a full-time Post-doctoral Fellow to work on a collaborative, NASA-funded project examining coupled human and ecological dimensions of Kenyan achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. The research will involve both using and developing modeling tools for the purpose of linking human behavior and social dynamics to ecological dynamics and the atmospheric water cycle. The Fellow will lead the human behavior modeling effort and will work collaboratively with the PI and Co-PIs on model integration and use. Additionally, the Fellow will assist in the design of scenarios of Kenyan land-use change driven by the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, and implement and explore these scenarios in the context of the coupled cross-scale model. The Fellow will need to have considerable experience working with spatially explicit modeling activities, with multiple types of data, and with data analysis. 

The Fellow will be located in the School of Global Environmental Sustainability (SoGES) at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado, USA. The position will report to Dr. Pat Keys at SoGES, and will work closely with three members of the project team with affiliations in SoGES, the Department of Anthropology, the Department of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability, and the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory. 

This position is for one year, and is renewable for a second year, pending satisfactory performance and continued funding. 

Required Job Qualifications 

● PhD in Geography, Ecology, or a related field that is relevant to this posting 

● Experience developing spatially explicit modeling tools 

● Experience human and environment modeling and analysis 

● Knowledge of at least one computer programming language for developing spatial models 

● Ability to work collaboratively in a team-environment 

Desired Job Qualifications 

● Experience with Agent-Based Modeling related to human-environment decision-making 

● Familiarity with Matlab and Python 

● Interest in East African sustainability 

Essential Duties

Job category: Scientific Research Duty/Responsibility: The successful candidate will conduct research that fulfills the key research goals of the NASA research grant, including helping develop the coupled human, ecological, and water cycle model tools. Percentage of time: 85% 

Job category: Dissemination of results Duty/Responsibility: The successful candidate will be expected to present research results at relevant conferences; contribute to manuscripts submitted to the scientific literature; and communicate results in other venues as appropriate. Likewise, this position will be a part of the broader NASA Biopersity and Ecological Forecasting Team, and may be invited to participate in and contribute to ongoing NASA activities. Percentage of time: 15% 


1. Concise cover letter detailing your qualifications per this job posting

2. CV

3. Contact information for three references, that we may contact if needed 

For inquiries specific to the position, please contact Dr. Keys, For questions about hiring policies at SoGES and CSU more broadly, please contact Jarvis Choury,

Please submit your application via the following link to Colorado State University: Additional details about the School of Global Environmental Sustainability and Colorado State University are found via this link. 

Contact Name

Dr. Patrick Keys

Contact Email