The Townsend Lab (http://ift.tt/1zuy4Vq) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is
seeking a post-doc interested in developing remote sensing methods to integrate with wildlife
distribution modeling at broad scales. You will be part of a team funded by NASA as part of Snapshot
Wisconsin (seewww.snapshotwisconsin.org and
http://ift.tt/14gf9Do), a cooperative effort between
faculty at UW-Madison and management agencies to link a statewide network of trailcams generating
millions of photographs that are being used to understand and predict animal distributions in space and
time. The postdoc will develop remote sensing methods using MODIS, VIIRS and Landsat data as well as
other geospatial datasets to characterize vegetation, climate and environment as they relate to trailcam
data. You will collaborate with a diverse group of graduate students and faculty at UW-Madison and the
Wisconsin DNR to implement innovative methods to model animal distributions across large regions.
Collaborators include Drs. Benjamin Zuckerberg (http://ift.tt/1dUWS2z) and Tim van
Deelen at UW-Madison and Dr. Jennifer Stenglein at the Wisconsin DNR and Karl Martin at the
University of Wisconsin Extension. Position is available for two years pending satisfactory performance.
The responsibilities of the post-doc include:
– Processing and analysis of MODIS and Landsat data and related products, especially for derivation of
variables related to phenology;
– Integration of remote sensing data and products with trailcam data as a basis for predictive modeling
of wildlife distributions;
– Development and automation of remote sensing based distribution models in collaboration with other
– Contribute to and write papers based on the analyses.
Prospective candidates should have:
– A Ph.D. in-hand in geography, biology/ecology, ecosystem or environmental science, or a related
– Extensive experience with remote sensing data and its analysis, and
– Strong statistical background, and preferably related experience programming in R or Python.
Desired skills include:
– Experience processing and analyzing multispectral imagery for phenology.
– Experience or exposure to species distribution modeling.
Experience or interest in working with natural resource agencies
– Note that experience with these are not mandatory, although extensive experience with remote
sensing data is necessary. However, we are looking for candidates with enthusiasm for these skill sets.
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 August 1, 2016 (start date is flexible). The position 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.
Applications will be reviewed upon receipt and review will continue until a suitable candidate is chosen.
Applications received before July 1, 2016 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
Interested applicants are asked to e-mail the documents listed below to Dr. Phil Townsend. Please send
the documents compiled together in ONE PDF named YourSurname.pdf with Snapshot Wisconsin
Postdoc Application 2016 in the email subject line.
– Letter outlining research interests, academic and professional background
– Resume or CV
– Copies of transcripts (unofficial copies are acceptable)
– Names and contact addresses of three references
Questions should be directed to Dr. Phil Townsend (firstname.lastname@example.org).