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Postdoctoral Researcher

CEESMO, Chapman University
Orange, California (US)
Closing date
Mar 8, 2024

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The Institute for Earth, Computing, Human, and Observing (ECHO) at Chapman University invites applications for a Postdoctoral Fellowship in microwave remote sensing.   This NASA-funded position is available in May 2024 and offers an exciting opportunity for highly motivated individuals to join our interdisciplinary research team at ECHO.

Chapman University is a nationally ranked institution offering traditional undergraduate and graduate programs in the heart of Orange County, one of Southern California’s most diverse and vibrant regions. The University achieved R2 status in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, a distinction held by just 10 percent of all U.S. universities and is ranked as #133 among Best National Universities by US News and World Report (2024). Our faculty include academic leaders who excel in research, publishing and world-class teaching in our 11 schools and colleges dedicated to forward-looking, personalized education, we create an environment for unlimited achievement by both our students and faculty.  

The Institute for Earth, Computing, Human and Observing (ECHO) is an interdisciplinary research unit that focuses on the Earth and its systems. Scientific areas include natural hazards such as wildfires, severe weather, floods, air pollution, and earthquakes, and the changing Earth climate and its impacts on agriculture, economic factors, the atmosphere, and oceans. Areas of excellence also include central aspects of modern physics, such as quantum mechanics and the role of the mind, brain science, and the universe, in which the planet Earth, humans, and all life are found. ECHO scientists use regional climate modeling, Earth observations, advanced data analysis, machine and deep learning, and spatial analysis to study the different environments. The myriad areas of research among ECHO faculty, affiliated faculty, postdoctoral fellows, international collaborators, and students reflect the interdisciplinary nature of ECHO.  More information about Chapman University is available at

The University is dedicated to enhancing diversity and inclusion in all aspects of recruitment and employment. More information on diversity and inclusion at Chapman University is available at


The successful candidate will be involved in analyzing Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) data to infer the physical properties of land, oceans, and the cryosphere, as well as their interactions. 


Applicants must hold a doctoral or equivalent degree in atmospheric sciences, ocean sciences, physics, remote sensing, or related fields before the start date of the appointment.  Candidates with experience in instrument calibration or retrieval algorithms for spaceborne microwave radiometers are highly desired as are applicants who have experience in satellite data processing and applications with programming skills.

Application Instructions

Applicants should submit the following electronically via Interfolio:

  • Cover Letter
  • CV
  • Research statement (3 pages max)
  • Contact information for three professional references 

For further inquiries contact, and please use "Post Doc Position" as the email subject line.

Evaluation of applications will begin on March 8th, 2024. The position's anticipated start date is May 1, 2024, and will remain open until filled. The position is initially for a one‐year appointment and subject to funding availability, may potentially be renewed.  Successful completion of a background check is required for the final candidate.

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