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Associate Scientist or Scientist I
Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa
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Date Posted January 21, 2020
Employment Type Full-time
Application Deadline Open until filled

The Center for Survey Statistics and Methodology (CSSM) in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Iowa State University is seeking an Associate Scientist or Scientist I Statistician for its cooperative work with the National Resources Inventory (NRI). The NRI is a large, national survey effort requiring collaboration of staff from the Natural Resource and Conservation Service (NRCS), staff from CSSM, and Dept. of Statistics faculty and students. Personnel involved in the NRI include 22 CSSM staff members, five Statistics faculty, several graduate student RAs, and multiple NRCS collaborators (two co-located and approximately ten distributed across the United States). The NRI survey consists of an annual photo-interpretive survey, an NRI onsite grazing lands survey co-sponsored by the Bureau of Land Management, and an onsite NRI cropland survey co-sponsored by the National Agricultural Statistics Service. Each of these surveys requires multiple stages of implementation (planning/preparation, data collection, statistical processing/estimation).

The photo-interpretive survey will be the initial focus and primary responsibility of the Associate Scientist Statistician, but the individual will also have responsibilities for the other NRI surveys. The work is accomplished via focused teams composed of representatives from the larger NRI team. The closest collaborations for this position will be with CSSM statistical staff, Statistics faculty, and the NRCS National Statistician for the NRI. Most teams involve additional members from CSSM and NRCS.

The Associate Scientist spends a significant amount of time developing survey designs, statistical models, and estimation approaches for implementation in NRI surveys. The incumbent will be responsible for the statistical dimensions of NRI survey projects. The incumbent will also participate in survey database and documentation reviews. The incumbent will have opportunities to engage in applied statistical research and other forms of professional development, and will supervise supporting statistical staff.

In addition to the duties described above, the Scientist I would be responsible for more direct supervision over other statisticians in the department. This Scientist I would also have more leadership responsibilities in the projects and project management.

The successful candidate will be an effective leader in a collaborative environment that includes a diverse staff (statistical, software development, ecological and agronomic sciences).

About Iowa State University and the Ames Community

Iowa State University is classified as a Carnegie Foundation Doctoral Universities: Very High Research Activity, a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), and ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top public universities in the nation. More than 34,000 students are enrolled and are served by over 6,200 faculty and staff.

Iowa State University is a global and culturally diverse university committed to providing an inclusive, equitable, and diverse environment for both learning and employment. We know that diversity in experience and perspective is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and building an inclusive academic community. At Iowa State, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituents. The university has an expectation that all employees will demonstrate a contribution to diversity and inclusion as embodied in Iowa State University’s Principles of Community.

Ames, Iowa is a progressive community of 60,000, located approximately 30 minutes north of Des Moines, and recently voted one of the best college towns in the nation.

Iowa State University is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity and strongly encourages applications from all qualified applicants, including women, underrepresented populations, and veterans. ISU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples, is dedicated to work-life balance through an array of policies, and is an NSF ADVANCE institution.

All employees are expected to exhibit and convey good citizenship within the program, the department, college, university activities, collegial interactions, and maintain the highest standards of integrity and ethical behavior.

Required Education and Experience

Master’s degree and 5 years of related experience; OR a Ph.D. or other professional degree and 2 years of related experience.

Supplemental Required Education and Experience

The above requirements are for an Associate Scientist.

Requirements for Scientist I: 
Ph.D. or other professional degree and 5 years of related experience.

Preferred Education and Experience

  • PhD in Statistics, Bio-Statistics, Natural or Agronomic Science, or related field

  • Experience with statistical design and analysis in the context of biological or agricultural research, including area frames and geographic sampling methods.

  • Experience with the imputation of missing values.

  • Experience with sample surveys.

  • Experience with longitudinal studies.

  • Experience analyzing data for policy or scientific publications.

  • Excellent communication skills.

Location (if other than Ames) Additional Information Department Contact Name Shannon Barr Department Contact Phone Department Contact Email barrs@iastate.edu Department/Unit Website Application Instructions

To apply for this position, please click on “Apply for this Job” and complete the Employment Application. Please be prepared to enter or attach the following:

1) Resume/Curriculum Vitae
2) Letter of Application/Cover Letter
3) Contact Information for Three References

If you have questions regarding this application process, please email employment@iastate.edu or call 515-294-4800 or Toll Free: 1-877-477-7485.

Special Instructions Summary Guaranteed Consideration Date 06/23/2019 Pre-Employment Screening

All offers of employment, oral and written, are contingent upon the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by federal and state law, ISU policies/procedures, and may include the completion of a background check and/or a consumer credit check.

Quick Link http://www.iastatejobs.com/postings/40904 EO Statement

Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, marital status, disability, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against. Inquiries can be directed to the Office of Equal Opportunity, 3410 Beardshear Hall, 515 Morrill Road, 515 294-7612, email eooffice@iastate.edu.

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