[ES_JOBS_NET] Post-Doc in Remote Sensing — University of Wisconsin

Post-Doctoral Position in Remote Sensing / Data Analysis

The Townsend Lab (http://ift.tt/1zuy4Vq) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is seeking a post-doc interested in linking remote sensing and field data.  Specifically, we are interested in a post-doctoral candidate interested in quantitative (statistical) analysis of remote sensing data and the development of methods to link field and remote sensing measurements.  We have a range of NASA, NSF and USDA funded projects in which we are linking remote sensing data to field measurements including but not limited to disturbance, phenology, genetics, productivity and trailcams.  Spectral data types range from handheld and airborne hyperspectral data (such as AVIRIS) to satellite imagery. Our ultimate objectives are mapping and prediction, and we seek a scientist with strong quantitative/ statistical skills and interest in the analysis of large data sets using R, Python or similar tools. This position includes the possibility to participate in or lead fieldwork, depending on the interests of the successful candidate.  Fieldwork participation is optional.

Although we are looking primarily for a candidate who will focus on remote sensing data analysis, we also consider applicants with particular interests in physics/optics/engineering aspects of remote sensing, or alternatively the use of unmanned aerial systems (i.e., UAV’s) for deployment of remote sensing instruments.  

The responsibilities of the post-doc include:

– Processing and analysis of remote sensing data, including hyperspectral imagery;

– Linkage of remote sensing data and/or derived products to ecosystem/field data for quantitative analysis;

– Write and contribute to papers based on the analyses.

Prospective candidates should have:

– A Ph.D. in-hand in geography, biology/ecology, statistics, ecosystem or environmental science, or a related discipline,

– Experience with remote sensing data and its analysis, and

– Strong statistical background, and preferably related experience programming in R, Python or IDL.

Desired skills include:

– Experience linking field and remote sensing data for mapping and prediction.

As noted earlier, candidates with backgrounds or experience in engineering, physics, optics, computer science, UAV’s or modeling and an interest in ecological applications are also encouraged to apply.

Applicants must have excellent English writing and verbal communication skills, as well as the ability to work and lead a research team, are essential.

The position is available starting after May 1, 2015 (start date is flexible).  Funding is available for two years pending satisfactory importance. Further years are contingent on funding.

University, Department, Labs:

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is one of the major research universities in the United States (www.wisc.edu). It ranks 2nd in research expenditures among all U.S. universities and first among public universities. Total student enrollment is 41,500, out of which 8,800 are graduate students.  Employees include 2,000 faculty. UW-Madison has a long history of excellence in ecology, conservation biology, and wildlife biology (www.ecology.wisc.edu).  The Townsend Lab maintains state-of-the-art facilities for remote sensing research, including computation power, as well as a broad range of field spectrometers, calibration equipment, and ecosystem measurement instrumentation.


Madison, Wisconsin consistently ranks as one of the best places in the United States to live, work, and study.  It is Wisconsin’s capital city, with a vibrant metropolitan population of approximately 500,000 that combines small town charm with a nice variety of leisure and cultural opportunities.  For more information on campus and town see: http://ift.tt/1C1zSow.


Application Process:

Applications will be reviewed upon receipt and review will continue until a suitable candidate is chosen. Applications received before April 10, 2015 will be given full consideration.  The University of Wisconsin-Madison is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.  We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.  The position is open to both US citizen and international candidates.  

Interested applicants are asked to e-mail the documents listed below to Dr. Phil Townsend (in ONE PDF file please).

– Letter outlining research interests, academic and professional backgrounds

– Resume or CV

– Copies of transcripts (unofficial copies are acceptable)

– Names and contact addresses of three references

Questions should be directed to Dr.Townsend (ptownsend@wisc.edu).

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