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Postdoctoral Researcher – Boreal Fire

Woodwell Climate Research Center
Falmouth, Massachusetts (US)
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Dec 30, 2021

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Postdoctoral Researcher – Boreal Fire Mapping Falmouth, Massachusetts Link to apply:



We seek a postdoctoral researcher to lead remote sensing product development, analysis, and hypothesis testing of wildfires in northwestern boreal North America. The postdoctoral researcher will leverage past and current workflows to map forest and fire properties at 30 m resolution, estimate individual climate forcings, and test hypotheses related to fire self-regulation and climate feedbacks in boreal ecosystems. This position is part of a larger multi-institution project to understand the mechanisms and consequences of fire-fuel-climate feedbacks in interior Alaska and the Northwest Territories, Canada. The successful candidate would join a vibrant Arctic research team including field scientists, remote sensing scientists, process modelers, and policy experts.


  • Leveraging some preliminary workflows, use the Landsat series of satellites to map forest and fire properties, including forest stress, burned area, fire severity, rate of spread, lightning frequency, and fire weather, at 30 m across several boreal ecoregions.
  • Build on existing methods to map 30 m fire-climate forcings, including land surface albedo and emissions of greenhouse gasses and aerosols.
  • Work with project team members to test hypotheses related to the mechanisms and consequences of fire self-regulation in boreal forests.
  • Lead manuscript preparation and publication.
  • Present results at relevant conferences and meetings.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Ph.D. (granted or expected soon) in Earth System Science, Environmental Sciences, Ecology, Geography, or a related discipline.
  • Demonstrated ability to manipulate large geospatial data sets, develop and apply statistical models including machine learning, and to test statistical hypotheses.
  • Experience using satellite remote sensing data, particularly Landsat.
  • Knowledge of boreal forests, wildfire, carbon cycling, and climate feedbacks preferred.
  • Demonstrated record of publication in scientific journals.
  • Ability to lead a research project and independently develop new directions while also being part of a highly collaborative team.

Application review will begin on January 14, 2021 and will be ongoing until the opportunity is closed.

Desired Start Date: May 1, 2022.

Classification and Compensation: This is a full-time, salaried, exempt position. The annual salary range is $65,000 - $68,000. This is a two and a half year fixed-term appointment with the potential to extend depending on performance and funding. Woodwell offers a generous benefits package and work life balance. 

Location: Falmouth, Massachusetts (remote work location is feasible)



Application Instructions: To apply, please send your cover letter addressing your experience and qualifications in relation to the responsibilities of this position, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references as a single PDF to our careers portal found here. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Please type Postdoctoral Researcher – Boreal Fire Mapping on all correspondence. 

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