Postdoctoral Scholar

Salary depends on experience
Posted on 11/09/17
Salary depends on experience
Posted on 11/09/17

Special Information

This position has identified funding for two years working in the research group of Professor Scott Goetz. Continued employment after that time period would depend on funding, satisfactory performance, and need.


This is a full-time position located at the NAU campus in Flagstaff, AZ  

Job Description

Apostdoctoral researcher is sought to participate in research projects focused on mapping, monitoring, and modeling forest structure, incorporating climate, land use, and disturbance dynamics. The successful candidate will work closely with the principal investigator and collaborators, using satellite observations to analyze the influence of multiple factors on forest dynamics, habitat quality and restoration potential with an emphasis on tropical and sub-tropical ecosystems.


The position will involve:

-contributing to NAU’s satellite remote sensing activities

-processing multi-sensor imagery, primarily satellite-based but possibly airborne remote sensing, to derive geospatial products characterizing ecosystem properties (e.g. vertical and horizontal canopy structure, habitat quality, biomass, and forest regrowth dynamics)

-advancing analyses of forest dynamics and forest ecosystem response to anthropogenic and environmental drivers of change

-presenting research results locally and at professional meetings

-collaborating with a diverse group of scientists

-facilitating collaborations between the Goetz lab and other researchers at NAU and beyond

-writing and assisting with the writing of research proposals and peer-reviewed journal articles

-training and mentoring graduate and undergraduate student researchers

Minimum Qualifications

The qualified candidate should have a Ph.D. in Remote Sensing, Computer Science, Environmental Science, Geography, and/or a related discipline.

Preferred Qualifications

-experience using earth observation imagery

-familiarity with lidar data processing and analysis

-demonstrated ability to conduct spatial analysis and manage large databases

-experience using a variety of software/geospatial tools

-demonstrated advanced remote sensing and GIS experience

-familiarity with the principles of ecosystem structure-biodiversity relationships and large scale conservation prioritization

-strong publication record

Knowledge Skills and Abilities

-ability to synthesize complex information and develop structured analyses in written and visual form

-ability to perform complex geoprocessing and manipulate large datasets using personally developed scripts

-fluency in performing geospatial tasks in a multi-operating system environment (Windows/Linux/Mac/Solaris)

-knowledge of programming / script writing (Python, R, GDAL, C/C#, SQL, Perl, Java, and/or IDL)

-skill in using digital image processing software packages including open source options as appropriate

-ability to work independently and as part of an interdisciplinary research team

-ability to work effectively in a culturally diverse and interdisciplinary research environment

Background Information

Northern Arizona University requires satisfactory results for the following:  a criminal background investigation, an employment history verification and a degree verification (in some cases) prior to employment.  You may also be required to complete a fingerprint background check.

Additionally, as an employer in the state of Arizona, NAU is required to participate in the federal E-Verify program that assists employers with verifying new employees' right to work in the United States.

Job ID 603439

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