Innovative, independent and highly motivated candidates are sought to conduct post doctoral research as part of a joint CSU-NEON effort to examine the impact of fire on a landscape with severe bark beetle infestation and develop an integrated understanding of post-fire vegetation recovery as it relates to erosion and deposition. This work serves two purposes: to study the biological and physical responses to an extreme fire event and to act as a test bed for applications of the NEON Airborne Observation Platform (AOP). The full suite of AOP data will be available including images from the AVIRIS-NG imaging spectrometer and waveform lidar (both at 1 m spatial resolution) as well as images from a high resolution digital camera. The research associate will design conduct, analyze and publish innovative research in the area and work with an interdisciplinary team of researchers in remote sensing, forest ecology, hydrology, and geomorphology.
Minimum Qualifications Ph.D. in ecology, geography or related field completed by time of appointment Experience in processing either lidar remote sensing or imaging spectrometry. Excellent written and oral communications skills Experience in the design and publication of independent research
Desirable Qualifications The ideal candidate with have experience in the following areas: High spatial resolution imaging spectrometry. Integration of imaging spectrometry and lidar datasets Advanced image processing and programming (esp. in Research Systems ENVI application and IDL language) Use of remote sensing to map vegetation biophysical attributes, species composition, forest biomass, fire fuel type and mass, and/or burn severity Experience with one or more of the following: o Fire ecology o Mapping of topography and topographic change o Carbon cycle modeling o Conventional optical remote sensing (i.e. Landsat/MODIS)
The position term is 18 months with the likelihood of additional funding. The start date is as soon as possible.
A full description of benefits is available at http://www.hrs.colostate.edu/benefits/. To apply, submit 1) cover letter stating how your background and experience relate to the qualifications of the position; 2) a CV; and, 3) a list of three references with phone and email contacts to: http://warnercnr.colostate.edu/employment-opportunities.html. References will not be contacted without prior approval. Applications will be considered until the position is filled; however, applicants should apply by Sunday, December 14, 2013, for full consideration.
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