[ES_JOBS_NET] Position on forest ecosystem monitoring using drone technology and remote sensing

Erika Marín-Spiotta marinspiotta at wisc.edu
Thu Dec 31 08:39:51 MST 2015

 A new position to conduct pre/post-doctoral research is open at CEMFOR
(CTFC) - CREAF Joint research unit (InFOREST JRU) for one year (with the
possibility of an extension) in the context of the new joint research unit
between the two research institutions and the NEWFORESTS project

*We are seeking multi-disciplinary technology hearted researchers to
investigate the possibilities of drone technology in forest health
monitoring* and dynamics with a focus on boreal and Mediterranean forest
Main focus of the work will be on testing and applying state-of-the-art
methods and models in forest and biodiversity dynamics modelling at stand
and landscape scales using drone-derived images taken with a variety of
sensors. More specifically the candidates will:

- Integrate drone acquired imagery into analyses of forest health and
disturbance dynamics.

- Translate the acquired knowledge on processes and interactions into
operational tools.

 - Increase research capacity by efficient interaction with other related
projects in this research area.

*The position is for one year and will be initially based in Montreal
(Canada) for a minimum of 10 months with a shorter stay in Solsona*
*Requirements *

- Master degree in environmental sciences (ecology, forestry, geography or

- Experience in drone technology (ie. pilot license). - Proven skills in
remote sensing analyses.

- Experience in scientific publications.

- EU (European citizenship).

*Institutional context and collaborations*
The InFOREST JRU is a joint research venture by CTFC and CREAF. These are
two forest research centres belonging to the Catalan network CERCA. A
strength of CREAF-CTFC is that it is built on strong national, European and
global networks. Collaborating with scientists within CREAF-CTFC and with
the InForest research partners across Europe, America and Australia will
greatly expand the candidate international network.

*Research context*
The NEWFORESTS <https://www.blogger.com/www.newforests.cat> exchange
program brings together researchers from 5 research institutions: two from
public research centres in Spain, Forest Sciences Centre of Catalonia
(CTFC) and Centre for Ecological Research and Forestry Applications
(CREAF), one French institution, Bio-Archaeology and Ecology Centre (CBAE),
and two Canadian Universities (University du Québec à Montréal, UQAM, and
in Abitibi-Témiscamingue, UQAT) hosting two of the main hubs of the Centre
for Forest Research (CEF). The aim of the NEWFORESTS project is to create a
competitive platform at the international level to analyse the responses of
forest ecosystems to global changes and integrate current knowledge in
sound and innovative forest management and planning approaches. The general
objective of the program is to determine how to effectively integrate
woodland management (including non-management options) into strategies
aimed to adjust and mitigate global change. The program is organized in 5
thematic work packages ranging from the basic understanding of forests
dynamics, biodiversity and functioning to research on interactions between
global change drivers determining disturbances regimes and the integration
of the gathered knowledge into advanced modeling tools and sound management
guidelines at different spatial scales. A fundamental aspect of the program
is that it stresses not only the responsibility of human society as a major
driver of global change, but also recognizes that we have an opportunity to
mitigate this change through informed, proper management decisions
*Working conditions*
- Salary about 1650 euros (depending on experience, taxes included). Travel
to Canada covered by the project. Other travelling costs not included.
- Working place in Montreal (Canada <http://www.uqam.ca/>) and Solsona (120
km north of Barcelona, Spain), CEMFOR-CTFC <http://www.cemfor.cat/>.

*Send CV, a motivation letter (one page maximum), via e-mail before January
15th 2016 to: lluis.brotons at ctfc.cat <lluis.brotons at ctfc.cat>* Lluís
Brotons, InForest (CEMFOR-CREAF-CSIC), Solsona.

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