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Postdoc position (remote sensing) available at UMCES Appalachian Laboratory

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Opportunity Type: Employment Opportunities
Submission Deadline: July 1, 2024

University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science – Appalachian Lab 

Postdoctoral Scholar Integrating Remote Sensing and Modeling of Wildfire Risk

Start Date: Flexible – as early as August 2024, ideally no later than December 2024

Review of applications begins: July 1st, 2024

Position Details: A three-year NASA-funded postdoctoral position is available in Dr. Mark Cochrane’s global ecology lab (https://www.umces.edu/mark-cochrane) at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science – Appalachian Lab (AL). The postdoc will join an interdisciplinary project designed to provide fundamental understanding of the changing role of wildfire as climate change alters fire regimes across the United States. The postdoc will lead the integration of remote sensing and modeling methods to define and characterize altered fire regimes and Regional Extreme Wildfire Events (REWEs) across the United States. The position is ideally suited to researchers with an interest in developing decision support tools from multiple remote sensing data with model outputs and other geospatial data.

The postdoctoral researcher will be based with Mark Cochrane at AL, but will join a network of collaborators at the USFS Fire Science Lab in Missoula, MT (Drs. William (Matt) Jolly and Patrick Freeborn), and South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD (Dr. Xiaoyang Zhang). AL is located in Frostburg, Maryland, a small college town in the central Appalachian Mountains that provides a highly collaborative and interdisciplinary environment unique to smaller, research-intensive institutions. The postdoc will be provided leadership opportunities in the project and coordinate collaborations with post docs and other scientists at collaborating institutions.

Qualifications: A completed Ph.D. in ecology, geography, or a related field. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated expertise in remote sensing, modeling and spatial analysis. Candidates with interest or expertise in diverse types of remote sensing data are highly encouraged to apply. Past experience working with wildfire will be viewed favorably but is not required. A promising record of research productivity is highly valued and the successful applicant will be an independent, motivated scientist who communicates well and thrives in a collaborative setting.

The position is available starting as early as August 2024 but ideally no later than December 2024. The initial appointment is for 1 year, renewable annually thereafter.

Salary Range — $55,000-$65,000 per year.

How to Apply: Applications may be submitted until the position is filled; those received by July 1, 2024 are guaranteed consideration. To submit, go to: https://umces.peopleadmin.com/postings/1879

For questions, contact Mark Cochrane via email at: mark.cochrane@umces.edu

UMCES is an equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.

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