Postdoctoral Researcher, Research Associate or Assistant, Forest Biomass and Land Cover Change

Organization: The Woods Hole Research Center Location: United States Added on April 17, 2012 Expires on May 8, 2012



The Woods Hole Research Center seeks a Postdoctoral Researcher or Research Associate/Assistant to focus on research projects in the area of active and passive remote sensing of forest structure using optical, lidar and radar data. Projects have an emphasis in Indonesia and Brazil, using optimal integration of field and multi-sensor image data sources, fusion for a range of large-area forest mapping, change detection, and biomass/carbon assessment. The successful candidate will work extensively with satellite and various other geospatial data sets, interacting with the principle investigators, engaged in a highly collaborative environment. This position requires an ability to work on multiple projects and adapt quickly, in order to meet deadlines for research reports, papers and presentations on a range of research topics. The position also offers the opportunity to participate in capacity building and training of government technical personnel.


Experience desired:

  • Ph.D. or Master’s degree with experience in optical/lidar/radar remote sensing, GIS, programming for spatial data analysis, and large dataset processing/ analysis in high-performance Unix/Linux compute cluster environment.
  • Programming skills: demonstrated proficiency in one or more major programming/batch scripting languages (Bash, C/C++, Python, R, Matlab, IDL, etc.).
  • GIS skills: GDAL, ArcGIS, ENVI, etc.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills required for the presentation of results and the preparation of peer-reviewed research papers.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills required for work in a highly collaborative environment, for interacting with government representatives and, leading capacity building and technical training activities.
  • Background in remote sensing, image processing, computer programming, geography, forestry, forest ecology, natural resources, or environmental science/education.
  • Experience processing/analyzing MODIS, spaceborne/airborne lidar and/or ALOS/PALSAR data highly desirable.
  • Portuguese language skills desirable.

Permanent/Part Time
: One year, with the possibility of extension

Application deadline: May 30, 2012, or until filled

More information on the job posting here.