Postdoctoral Fellow Quantitative Remote Sensing

Reno, Nevada (US)
Sep 15, 2017
Oct 15, 2017
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The Desert Research Institute's (DRI's) Division of Hydrologic Sciences is accepting applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow in quantitative terrestrial remote sensing. This position is located in DRI’s Northern Nevada Science Center in Reno, NV and is intended to integrate ongoing research endeavors in DRI's Divisions and multi-disciplinary Centers, and will complement cross-disciplinary programs linking hydrology, agriculture, remote sensing, GIS, and cloud and high performance computing.

The successful candidate will be primarily responsible for processing remote sensing and climate data sets from government and private providers; including analysis of multispectral optical and thermal datasets for estimating vegetation status and trends, evapotranspiration, and other land surface states and fluxes. The successful candidate must have a strong background in computer programming for environmental modeling and assessment. Expertise in advanced methods to fuse multi-sensor satellite data (e.g. Landsat, Sentinel-2, MODIS, VIIRS) and high performance or cloud computing such as Google Earth Engine is preferred. Additional responsibilities include participating in writing competitive research grants. The successful candidate will support ongoing and new programs at DRI related to vegetation, water resource, and water use assessments in Southern Nevada, the western U.S., and other arid and semi-arid regions. Candidates that have strong programming skills and who use large remote sensing and climate assets for assessing vegetation change, evapotranspiration, and drought conditions are strongly encouraged to apply.

• Ph.D. in Geography, Hydrology, Atmospheric Science, Engineering, or related field from an accredited institution with a background in quantitative remote sensing
• Advanced programming skills with experience using Git version control
• Experience with GIS
• Effective verbal, written, and interpersonal skills
• Evidence of the ability to coordinate collaborative research and work collegially in a group setting
• Ability to develop research proposals and participate in grant writing
• Ability to work independently to fulfill project goals and meet project deadlines
• Ability to effectively analyze and report research findings to sponsors, at conferences, and during professional meetings
• Ability to publish peer reviewed publications

Salaries are competitive and commensurate with qualifications, with continued appointment (assessed annually for up to a maximum of three years) being dependent upon performance and availability of funding. This position is eligible for DRI’s benefits package and relocation assistance.   

Qualified individuals interested in this position must apply online at    To ensure full consideration, your application package should be received by October 14, 2017.

Further information on DRI and the Division of Hydrologic Sciences can be obtained at and  For questions regarding this position, please call the recruitment office at 702-862-5548.

DRI is an AA/EEO employer who gives consideration in employment without regard to race, color, religion, and sex. Individuals with disabilities or protected veteran status are encouraged to apply.