Postdoctoral Researcher - Arctic Carbon Monitoring

Woods Hole Research Center
Falmouth, Massachusetts (US)
The salary range is $60,000 to $65,000, plus a very generous benefits package.
Sep 16, 2019
Oct 16, 2019
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Postdoctoral Researcher

Arctic Carbon Monitoring - Job #JWPD19

SUMMARY: WHRC seek a post-doctoral researcher to develop and apply remote sensing techniques related to carbon cycling in arctic and boreal environments. The research is focused on detecting landscape changes, mapping burned area, and developing statistical models of related carbon fluxes across the circumpolar zone. The successful candidate will work closely with a team of scientists and researchers at the Woods Hole Research Center as well as collaborators at other institutions to integrate field observations, develop remote sensing-based products, assimilate observations into a mechanistic ecosystem model, help build a web-based visualization platform, and engage the scientific community and other stakeholders at workshops and other venues.

Responsibilities: The successful candidate will:

  • Process and analyze multi-sensor satellite remote sensing data related to landscape changes, wildfires, and carbon fluxes across the Arctic within a supercomputing environment.
  • Develop predictive models using advanced statistical techniques.
  • Take a lead role in project activities and collaborate with a highly-interdisciplinary team to develop an Arctic Carbon Monitoring and Prediction System.
  • Engage with scientists, policy makers, and other stakeholders at workshops and other venues.
  • Synthesize, present, and publish results.
  • Work in a highly collaborative environment.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Ph.D. (granted or expected soon) in Earth System Science, Remote Sensing, Geography, or a related discipline.
  • Experience manipulating large geospatial data sets, developing and applying statistical models including machine learning, and linking remote sensing to field observations.
  • Experience using remote sensing from optical-infrared sensors, passive microwave, and/or active radar (experience with all three is desirable but not required).
  • Knowledge of arctic tundra and boreal forest carbon cycling (CO2 and CH4).
  • Excellent interpersonal, teamwork, written, and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to lead a research project and independently develop new directions.
  • Experience interacting with stakeholders (e.g., policy makers, community members, natural resource managers) is desirable but not required.

Application Deadline:  October 25, 2019                           

Desired Start Date: January 2020                                 

Classification and Compensation: This is a full-time, salaried, exempt position. The salary range is  $60,000 to $65,000.  This is a two-year appointment with the potential to extend. WHRC offers a very generous benefits package.

Application Instructions: To apply, please send cover letter highlighting your qualifications for this position, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references to jobopenings @ Please type JWPD19 in the subject line.

The Woods Hole Research Center is an independent, nonprofit institute focused on environmental science, education, and public policy. The WHRC focuses on combining analysis of satellite images of the Earth with field studies and computer models to better understand changes in the world’s ecosystems, from the thawing permafrost in the Arctic to the expanding agriculture regions