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Postdoctoral Fellow in global river science/remote sensing

University of Pittsburgh, Department of Geology and Environmental Science
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Closing date
Aug 7, 2022

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Earth and Space Science Informatics, Global Environmental Change, Hydrology
Career Level
Student / Graduate
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Job Type
Relocation Cost
No Relocation
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The Gardner Lab in the Department of Geology and Environmental Science at the University of Pittsburgh is seeking applicants for a postdoctoral researcher broadly interested in global river hydrology/fluvial geomorphology, sediment dynamics, optical satellite remote sensing, and making open-source data products.

The overall goal of this NASA-funded, multi-institutional (NASA JPL, University of Massachusetts, University of North Carolina, Ohio State University) project is to operationalize and combine the Surface Water and Ocean Topography Mission (SWOT) global river discharge product with a global river suspended sediment concentration (SSC) product derived from the harmonized Landsat/Senintel-2. This position will work closely with the SWOT hydrology team, NASA JPL computer scientists, and computer vision researchers.

Major tasks include: (1) transition current workflow for global, satellite-derived SSC observations (built using python, GEE, and machine learning) from Landsat to the harmonized Landsat/Sentinel-2, (2) guide NASA computer scientists to operationalize workflows, and (3) pursue science questions of your interest (in earth science, river hydrology/geomorphology, remote sensing etc.) using our new data products for peer-reviewed publications. This is very flexible depending on interests of the candidate.

Position Details: The position is funded for two years with a starting annual salary of $57,000 with health/dental/vision coverage as well as access to other university benefits. Start date is flexible between August 2022 and February 2023.

Required Experience:

  • PhD or MS in one of the following fields: hydrology, remote sensing, computer science, earth science, engineering, or related fields Computer programming (e.g., python, JavaScript, R)


  • Experience with machine learning, Google Earth Engine, and Landsat and/or Sentinel-2  Commitment to open data and code practices Highly collaborative and communications skills with a range scientific expertise

To apply: Please email with email subject: Postdoc Opportunity and the following as 1 combined attachment:

  • Brief cover letter describing your goals, interests, and fit for the position CV including contact information for 3 professional references

Apply by October 1, 2022 for priority consideration. Review of applicants and virtual interviews will start immediately on a rolling basis and will continue until the position is filled. We strongly encourage members under-represented groups in the geosciences apply. The Gardner Lab is committed to inclusive, diverse, and respectful work environment and supporting each other in achieving our goals. The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and values equality of opportunity, human dignity, and diversity. Women, members of minority groups under-represented in academia, veterans, and disabled are especially encouraged to apply.

Pittsburgh is a hub of academic research with strengths in technology and the arts with the University Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University, and The Carnegie Museums. Pittsburgh was recently named “American’s Most Livable City” by the Places Rated Almanac, boasts a low cost of living, stunning cityscape and parks, and is home to a number of world-class museums, a thriving arts and food scene. The city is also located within a short drive of the Great Lakes, Laurel Highlands, and Allegheny Mountains.

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