Ph.D. Assistantship in Remote Sensing Forest Gap Dynamics at NC State

Raleigh, North Carolina
$25,000/year + tuition and health insurance
Dec 13, 2018
Jan 12, 2019
Career Level
Student / Graduate
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Job Type
Relocation Cost
No Relocation
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The applied remote sensing and analysis lab group at North Carolina State University, in association with the USDA Forest Service Coweeta Hydrologic Laboratory, the USDA Forest Service Center for Integrated Forest Science United States Department of Agriculture, and the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), seeks a creative, motivated Ph.D. student with strong remote sensing and image analysis skills to examine the role and influence of forest gaps in relation to localized large-scale disturbances (mortality, fire, storm, disease, pests) and climate change (temperature, precipitation, shifting ranges, water availability, carbon sink fluxes, etc.) in forest systems. This project will utilize publically-available, traditional remotely sensed data (Landsat, Sentinel-2, etc.) and well as new experimental data sources available from the NASA ECOsystem Spaceborne Thermal Radiometer Experiment on Space Station (ECOSTRESS thermal) and the NASA Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation (GEDI full-wave lidar).

The position will begin Fall 2019 and is funded for four years at $25,000/year, plus benefits and tuition support, through the cutting-edge Ph.D. program in Geospatial Analytics offered by NC State‚Äôs Center for Geospatial Analytics ( The student will be encouraged to develop research questions and a project tailored to their unique interests and career goals.

The Center for Geospatial Analytics is an internationally recognized collaborative hub for interdisciplinary data scientists advancing novel understanding of spatial phenomena and applying new knowledge to grand challenges. Students in the Ph.D. program receive multidisciplinary advising and the opportunity to work with more than twenty faculty fellows with diverse expertise from nearly a dozen departments across NC State. Students also engage in experiential learning through an off-campus professional internship.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. To apply, complete the application at Applicants should hold a degree in ecology, forestry or a related discipline and have an understanding of forest management.

For more information about the position, contact Dr. Stacy Nelson ( and include a copy of your CV. Additional details about the Ph.D. program in Geospatial Analytics and complete application instructions are available at Interested students are also encouraged to contact Rachel Kasten, Graduate Services Coordinator ( or 919-515-2800), with questions about the program or to explore additional opportunities.