[ES_JOBS_NET] Post-Doc in Remote Sensing -- University of Wisconsin

Phil Townsend townph at gmail.com
Mon Mar 16 12:13:55 MDT 2015

Post-Doctoral Position in Remote Sensing / Data Analysis

The Townsend Lab (http://labs.russell.wisc.edu/townsend/
<http://labs.russell.wisc.edu/townsend/phil-townsend/>) at the University
of Wisconsin-Madison is seeking a post-doc interested in linking remote
sensing and field data.  Specifically, we are interested in a post-doctoral
candidate interested in quantitative (statistical) analysis of remote
sensing data and the development of methods to link field and remote
sensing measurements.  We have a range of NASA, NSF and USDA funded
projects in which we are linking remote sensing data to field measurements
including but not limited to disturbance, phenology, genetics, productivity
and trailcams.  Spectral data types range from handheld and airborne
hyperspectral data (such as AVIRIS) to satellite imagery. Our ultimate
objectives are mapping and prediction, and we seek a scientist with strong
quantitative/ statistical skills and interest in the analysis of large data
sets using R, Python or similar tools. This position includes the
possibility to participate in or lead fieldwork, depending on the interests
of the successful candidate.  Fieldwork participation is optional.

Although we are looking primarily for a candidate who will focus on remote
sensing data analysis, we also consider applicants with particular
interests in physics/optics/engineering aspects of remote sensing, or
alternatively the use of unmanned aerial systems (i.e., UAV’s) for
deployment of remote sensing instruments.

The responsibilities of the post-doc include:

- Processing and analysis of remote sensing data, including hyperspectral

- Linkage of remote sensing data and/or derived products to ecosystem/field
data for quantitative analysis;

- Write and contribute to papers based on the analyses.

Prospective candidates should have:

- A Ph.D. in-hand in geography, biology/ecology, statistics, ecosystem or
environmental science, or a related discipline,

- Experience with remote sensing data and its analysis, and

- Strong statistical background, and preferably related experience
programming in R, Python or IDL.

Desired skills include:

- Experience linking field and remote sensing data for mapping and

As noted earlier, candidates with backgrounds or experience in engineering,
physics, optics, computer science, UAV’s or modeling and an interest in
ecological applications are also encouraged to apply.

Applicants must have excellent English writing and verbal communication
skills, as well as the ability to work and lead a research team, are

The position is available starting after May 1, 2015 (start date is
flexible).  Funding is available for two years pending satisfactory
importance. Further years are contingent on funding.

University, Department, Labs:

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is one of the major research
universities in the United States (www.wisc.edu). It ranks 2nd in research
expenditures among all U.S. universities and first among public
universities. Total student enrollment is 41,500, out of which 8,800 are
graduate students.  Employees include 2,000 faculty. UW-Madison has a long
history of excellence in ecology, conservation biology, and wildlife
biology (www.ecology.wisc.edu).  The Townsend Lab maintains
state-of-the-art facilities for remote sensing research, including
computation power, as well as a broad range of field spectrometers,
calibration equipment, and ecosystem measurement instrumentation.


Madison, Wisconsin consistently ranks as one of the best places in the
United States to live, work, and study.  It is Wisconsin's capital city,
with a vibrant metropolitan population of approximately 500,000 that
combines small town charm with a nice variety of leisure and cultural
opportunities.  For more information on campus and town see:

Application Process:

Applications will be reviewed upon receipt and review will continue until a
suitable candidate is chosen. Applications received before April 10, 2015
will be given full consideration.  The University of Wisconsin-Madison is
an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.  We promote excellence
through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.  The
position is open to both US citizen and international candidates.

Interested applicants are asked to e-mail the documents listed below to Dr.
Phil Townsend (in ONE PDF file please).

- Letter outlining research interests, academic and professional backgrounds

- Resume or CV

- Copies of transcripts (unofficial copies are acceptable)

- Names and contact addresses of three references

Questions should be directed to Dr.Townsend (ptownsend at wisc.edu).

Phil Townsend, Professor
University of Wisconsin

ptownsend at wisc.edu
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