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Lead Modeler: Ecosystem GHG Data and Modeling Consortium

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO
Closing date
Sep 20, 2023

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Working Title Lead Modeler: Ecosystem GHG Data and Modeling Consortium

Position Location Fort Collins, CO

Work Location Position qualifies for hybrid/in-office work

Research Professional Position Yes

Posting Number 202301114AP

Position Type Admin Professional/ Research Professional

Classification Title

Number of Vacancies

Work Hours/Week

Proposed Annual Salary Range $100,000 -$125,000 Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Employee Benefits

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Desired Start Date

Position End Date (if temporary)

To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) on 08/31/2023

Description of Work Unit

The Department of Soil and Crop Sciences is focused on education, research, and outreach to solve the worlds most pressing food production issues and crucial matters about Earth, its ecosystems, and their services. Our faculty and staff apply research-based solutions to benefit Colorado and the world. We offer academic programs to prepare students to address national and global crop production, sustainability, and environmental quality challenges such as waste management, water quality, and reclamation of drastically disturbed lands. There are numerous opportunities for students to be involved in cutting edge research related to global food production and ecosystem function and protection.

The Soil Carbon Solutions Center ( SCSC ) was formed in 2021 to support breakthrough research and development of new technologies for promoting soil carbon sequestration and improving overall soil health in agricultural systems. The SCSCs goals include providing end-to-end discovery and implementation of soil-based solutions, including the development of new soil CO2 removal technologies, accurate low-cost quantification systems, market analysis and policy design, education, extension and farmer training to spur adoption of best carbon sequestering practices. We established the SCSC to leverage the unique expertise and leadership of researchers across CSU to overcome implementation barriers and bring soil carbon solutions to scale.

Position Summary

The Soil Carbon Solutions Center is recruiting a lead modeler to manage the distribution and curation of models, data, and decision support tools within the digital tools consortium. This position will oversee code development and database management as well as lead customer discovery and outreach activities with consortium members. Responsibilities will include:

+ Development and support of modeling infrastructure and web resources

+ Generating and maintaining professional documentation (high quality, up to date)

+ Oversight of team programming and data management efforts

+ Oversight of daily operation of web-based services

+ Model review and certification process

+ Support hosting models and datasets from other researchers and managing access

Required Job Qualifications

Research Associate III

+ B.S./B.A. degree + 5 years related experience or Masters degree + 2 years experience or PhD.

Research Associate IV

+ Masters or PhD in ecology, soil science, agronomy, environmental engineering, or related field

+ 5+ years of experience with biological system dynamics models, including ecosystem biogeochemical and crop growth models

All applicants

+ Advanced command of the R and Python programming languages and version control with Git

+ Supervisory experience

+ Demonstrated verbal and written communication skills

Preferred Job Qualifications

+ Proficient command of TensorFlow, PyTorch, C, C++, Java, and similar

+ Expertise in workflow management systems like the targets package

+ Expertise with geospatial analysis of large riverine datasets ( USGS , EPA , etc)

+ Working knowledge within the field of machine learning, with special attention to time-series machine learning models (e.g., LSTM , GRU )

+ Experience and/or excitement to work in large collaborative coding community

+ Leadership experience onboarding people to complex coding projects

+ Experience with high-performance computing

+ Experience with collaborative code development and maintaining model documentation and version control

+ Experience with database software systems and working with large, distributed data sets

+ Experience developing, modifying, and coding systems for dynamic models

+ Experience teaching or training new model users

Diversity Statement

Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Departments commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Code development, database operations and maintenance


Modeling and database stewardship tasks

Percentage Of Time 50

Job Duty Category Programming team management


Oversee grad students, and other data scientists as they work on the same or related projects with a focused goal on improving workflows

Percentage Of Time 25

Job Duty Category Help desk support


Provide support and analysis for inbound requests from consortium and Soil Carbon Solutions Center members

Percentage Of Time 15

Job Duty Category Professional development


Allocate time for professional development opportunities related to broader job responsibilities, including continuing education and upskilling, management training, and other similar opportunities

Percentage Of Time 10

Application Details

Special Instructions to Applicants

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but for full consideration, all materials must be received by Thursday, August 31, 2023. Applicants should upload the following: (1) A cover letter addressing your qualifications; (2) resume/CV; and (3) contact information of three professional references. References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates. For inquiries about the position, contact Search Chair For additional information about Colorado State University, consult the universitys website at

Conditions of Employment Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires)

Search Contact

EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, or pregnancy in its employment, programs, services and activities, and admissions, and, in certain circumstances, marriage to a co-worker. The University will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity and equal access institution and affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity ( is located in 101 Student Services.

The Title IX Coordinator is the Director of the Office of Title IX Programs and Gender Equity, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-1715,

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836,

The Coordinator for any other forms of misconduct prohibited by the Universitys Policy on Discrimination and Harassment is the Vice President for Equity, Equal Opportunity and Title IX, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, Co. 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836,

Any person may report sex discrimination under Title IX to the Office of Civil Rights, Department of Education ( .

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks for the finalist before a final offer. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will also be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the University, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

References Requested

References Requested

Minimum Requested 3

Maximum Requested 3

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents

+ Cover Letter

+ Resume or CV

Optional Documents

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