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Computational Research Technician

Are you finishing a Master’s or Bachelor’s and possess computational skills?

Are you looking to do something meaningful and challenging with your talents?

The Near-term Ecological Forecasting Initiative (NEFI) is looking to hire a technician to contribute to the development and automation of cutting-edge, societally-useful nature forecasts.


  • Building on work being done in the PEcAn project, collaborate with a Boston University computer science graduate student to develop a generalized, containerized (Docker/Singularity) workflow for automating ecological forecasts
  • Work with NEFI graduate students to apply this workflow to existing near-term forecasts: Ticks, tick-borne disease, and small mammal hosts; Harmful algal blooms and lake productivity; Soil microbiome; and Plant phenology.
  • Build on work being done by PEcAn postdocs, who are developing a carbon cycle hindcast product, to develop a prototype near-term forecast for land surface carbon, water, and energy fluxes that would run through the NEFI workflow.
  • Work with programmers on the Brown Dog project at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications on improving automated data ingest into this workflow.


Applicants should have solid programming experience, familiarity with R, and the ability to work well both in teams and individually. Familiarity with container technologies (e.g. Docker, Singularity), Github, data management, and/or statistics is beneficial but not required; the ability to learn quickly and independently is essential. A degree or previous job experience in informatics, data science, computer science, statistics, or ecology/environmental science is preferred. Contract for 1 year with possibility of renewal contingent on performance and availability of funds. Position is located at Boston University. Preferred start summer 2018.

Interested applicants are encouraged to submit a cover letter, CV, and contact information for 3 references to Dr. Michael Dietze (dietze@, preferably by April 25.

Grants Administrator

The Grants Administrator is responsible for and provides primary support to faculty and academic research staff Principal Investigators (PIs) in the Department of Earth & Environment for all phases of research grant administration. This includes serving as the liaison between PIs and the Office of Sponsored Programs. The Department has approximately 60 funded grants, contracts, and fellowships, and submits approximately 80 proposals per year. This position also provides back-up support to the Department Administrator, whose functions include administrative coordination, payroll, and operating budget administration assistance. The approximate job breakdown of this position is as follows.

Post-Award Administration – 60%

Responsible for grant accounting and budget reconciling of existing grants:  monitoring and processing all restricted budget transactions by tracking budgets by line item; processing payments; tracking travel and other expense reimbursements; purchasing supplies; etc.  Tracking the payroll funds available on each grant and updating the faculty on a monthly basis regarding grant funding balances and any potential issues; Submitting payroll distribution information on a monthly basis for accurate payment; Submitting salary adjustments if needed; Adhering to University and Sponsor guidelines on effort reporting.  Problem solving for grant accounting issues. Sometimes incorrect or inappropriate charges post to the grant and the grants admin needs to track down the source of the charge and either submit a journal entry to have the charge removed or request this from another department.

Pre-Award Administration – 30%

The Grants Administrator works with PIs to create a proposal budget and justification, is responsible for obtaining appropriate signatures and submitting through the proper channels including BU and funding agency channels, and using online submission tools:, NSPIRES, NSF Fastlane, etc.  Position is responsible for keeping track of all pending proposal submissions for faculty PIs. This may involve processing several pending proposals per week and the individual must stay on top of deadlines and communicate with OSP and the faculty as they approach.

Back-up to Departmental Administrator – 10%

When the Department Administrator is out, this position is responsible for addressing issues related to payroll and budget needs of the department. This position may be asked to provide budget updates to faculty on accounts that are not grants. Payroll might be paid from an unrestricted account. This position does not manage any other staff, but when asked to step in for the Department Administrator responsibilities in these circumstances could involve organizing departmental workflow and coordinating staff activity.

Required Skills

B.A./B.S., and one to three years of experience, preferably with budgets and Microsoft Excel.

To learn more and apply, visit BU Human Resources.


Data and Image / GIS Analyst

The Land Cover and Surface Climate Group in the Department of Earth and Environment seeks a part-time Research Assistant to contribute to a project focused on the South American Southern Cone region. The project aims to quantify and characterize patterns of land use and land cover change at a sub-continental scale to better understand anthropogenic and climatic impacts across the subcontinent. A major component of the project is to identify crop species (e.g., maize, soybeans) at the field level using Landsat and Sentinel imagery. To do so, the project team is collecting field samples across Argentina and Uruguay using roadside GPS coordinates of various field crops and other land cover.

As part of the project, you will help manage and expand the land cover sample database, using field-collected data and a combination of satellite imagery. You should have the ability to interpret satellite time series composites and high-resolution imagery from Google Earth, as well as manage various GIS data formats and conversions. Prior experience analyzing satellite imagery will be considered an asset.

We anticipate approximately two months of part-time work, at ten hours per week. However, there is the possibility to extend work through the summer.

Desired qualifications:

  • Experience and/or coursework in GIS, remote sensing, and data analysis
  • Experience with Google Earth Pro
  • Experience with QGIS
  • Ability to handle large datasets

Inquiries about the position can be directed to Jordan Graesser at



Job Description

Lead the technical aspects related to consulting, training, scientific application package support, and the development, porting, and optimization of research-computing software in the Department of Earth & Environment. Serve as the primary support contact for faculty and graduate students on complex projects and issues that require in-depth knowledge of the multiple technical areas within the Universitys Research Computing Services Group as well as the core computational research tools used by the Department of Earth & Environment. Work directly with faculty and other academic stakeholders to assess needs and recommend solutions as a representative of the Research Computing team. Act as primary liaison between faculty, staff, and students in Earth & Environment and staff at Research Computing Services. Reside in the Department of Earth & Environment.

Required Skills

B.A./B.S. required, Masters preferred. Five to eight years of relevant experience. Strong analytical skills with an ability to manage multiple projects and deliverables. Extensive knowledge of numerical methods, computational methodologies, and math/statistical software packages (Python, MATLAB, R). Experience with computational workflows and tools (e.g. ENVI/ARCGIS, QGIS/GRASS) related to Earth & Environment, including Energy & Environmental science, Geographical Sciences, Biogeosciences, and Geology/Geophysics/Geochemistry. Fluency in multiple programming languages, using and scripting Linux, and ability to quickly learn new programming languages and tools as required. Experience with computing on large-scale clusters and optimizing/parallelizing code desired.

To learn more and apply, visit BU Human Resources.