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OSU/Byrd Polar & Climate Research Center
Columbus, Ohio
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Mar 3, 2023

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Postdoc Position in Satellite Remote Sensing and Deep Learning of Energy and Water Resources

The School of Earth Sciences and the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center at the Ohio State University are seeking one or more researchers, at the postdoctoral or associate levels, to join an interdisciplinary team working on projects in renewable carbon-free energy and water resources combing remote sensing with advanced deep learning techniques. The objective will be to identify and characterize specific Earth surface features at global scales using massive volumes of multiple air and spaceborne remote sensing datasets and deep learning tools, as well as detect and measure changes through time. Tasks will involve continued development of efficient training dataset construction workflows, utilizing ground truth collected by other members of our team, analyses of surface feature morphology and remotely sensed characteristics and development and applications of deep learning methods.

Qualifications: A PhD in relevant Science and Engineering fields (including but not limited to Earth Sciences, Physics, Astrophysics, Computer Science and Engineering, Geography) with demonstrated prior experience in satellite remote sensing and deep learning. Proficiency in python and pytorch are important to work with, and build on, existing tools. As for any postdoc position, excellent organizational and collaborative skills are required, and strong oral and written communication skills are expected. Applications from historically underrepresented minority candidates are particularly welcome.

Job Responsibility:  The postdoc will be expected to conduct independent, high-quality research; publish papers; and present work at national and international conferences.

Start date: Negotiable, but soon as possible. Initial appointments are for 12 months with the possibility of multiple annual extensions based on performance and continued funding.

Salary: $60,000/yr. Ohio State provides a comprehensive benefits package (

To apply: Interested individuals should send a CV, a one-page statement of research interest, and the names and contact information of at least 3 references to Joachim Moortgat at moortgat.1 *at* osu edu.  Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  Online applications will also be accepted at this link:

For more information: contact one of the two faculty advisors on this project:

* Professor Ian Howat (howat.4 *at* osu edu), Director of the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center, lead on remote sensing. * Associate Professor Joachim Moortgat (moortgat.1 osu edu), lead on deep learning.

Departments: The School of Earth Sciences: and the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center:

About OSU & Columbus: OSU is the 3rd largest public university in the country with over 60,000 students, and ample resources and opportunities for collaborations. Its campus is situated within Columbus which is a vibrant and fast-growing city with a population of ~1M, but still affordable and easy to navigate. Many postdocs live within walking/biking distance from campus. Columbus/OSU is increasingly becoming a tech hub, e.g., thanks to Intel’s forthcoming 20B$ investment, the largest in recent US history, in a nearby chip manufacturing plant, as well as the Ohio Supercomputer Center and various major Big Data and Machine Learning/AI initiatives on campus.

Ohio State University is an equal opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, disability, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, pregnancy, protected veteran status, or any other bases under the law. Applicants are encouraged to complete and submit the Equal Employment Identification form.


Named in honor of one of America's most famous explorers, the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center of The Ohio State University is recognized internationally as a leader in polar and alpine research. The Center's research programs are conducted throughout the world. Research at the Center focuses on the role of cold regions in the global climate system, with major themes focused on: •climatic reconstruction of glacial and post-glacial times; •polar ice-sheets: dynamics, history and ice-atmosphere interactions; •high-latitude landform evolution, soils and hydrology; •geologic evolution of Antarctica; •investigations of ocean dynamics and environmental-chemical processes; •and the history of polar exploration. Scientists at the Byrd Center are reconstructing past climate by studying chemical records preserved in ice cores collected from glaciers in Greenland, Asia, North and South America, and Antarctica. Fossils provide important evidence for much older changes in climate and plant fossils collected in the Transantarctic Mountains indicate that parts of the southern continent were once forested. Environmental studies include programs in Alaska and Russia which are concerned with hydrologic and geochemical cycles in permafrost terrains and interactions with the biosphere. Modern processes such as the motion of the great ice sheets and the circulation of storm systems around Antarctica are being studied with sophisticated computer models and with satellite-borne sensors capable of imaging the surface through cloud cover and during the long polar night.

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