Researcher in Geography

University of Maryland

United States

Posting Details

Posting Details


Position Number: 129138
Title: Post-Doctoral Associate
Functional Title: Postdoctoral Researcher
Category Status: 15-Fac.Non-Tenured,Continuing Con
Applicant Search Category: Faculty
University Authorized FTE: 1
Unit: BSOS-Geography
Campus/College Information:
Founded in 1856, University of Maryland, College Park is the state’s flagship institution. Our 1,250-acre College Park campus is just minutes away from Washington, D.C., and the nexus of the nation’s legislative, executive, and judicial centers of power. This unique proximity to business and technology leaders, federal departments and agencies, and a myriad of research entities, embassies, think tanks, cultural centers, and non-profit organizations is simply unparalleled. Synergistic opportunities for our faculty and students abound and are virtually limitless in the nation’s capital and surrounding areas. The University is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff that will enhance our stature of preeminence in our three missions of teaching, scholarship, and full engagement in our community, the state of Maryland, and in the world.
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Position Summary/Purpose of Position:
One or two positions are available to work on NASA-funded research projects using satellite lidar (GEDI, ICESat-2) for mapping and monitoring forest structure and biomass. The position(s) will include algorithm development, large data processing, and cloud computing for wide area product generation. The position(s) will also involve working with users of biomass products e.g. for policy uptake in national reporting, protected area analysis, and/or forest biomass change related to growth, recovery, degradation and deforestation. Candidates with both strong computational backgrounds and strong publication records are particularly sought after. The position(s) will involve working with large international research and policy teams and thus communication skills are also important. Applicants with experience in lidar-based biomass mapping are particularly encouraged. Additionally, applicants from monitories in STEM fields are particularly encouraged. Given long processing times for visas in the US, while international applicants are welcome priority will be given to those who would be eligible to work in the US by June 1, 2024.
Benefits Summary Top Benefits and Perks:


Faculty Benefits Summary

Minimum Qualifications:
    • PhD in remote sensing or related field.


  • Experience with lidar data and/or biomass mapping.
  • Coding in R or pytho.
  • Empirical model development / application.
  • Academic paper writing.
  • Strong communication skills in English (written and spoken).
  • Optical image processing
  • Cloud computing
  • Uncertainty estimation
  • Machine learning
  • Experience with version control (e.g. git)
  • French and/or Spanish (optional)
Additional Certifications:  
Additional Information:
To apply you will need to provide:
● PhD degree in Remote sensing or related field
● Statement of research experience
● CV
● Names and contact info for 3 referees
Posting Date: 02/12/2024
Closing Date:  
Open Until Filled Yes
Best Consideration Date 06/01/2024
Physical Demands  
Diversity Statement:
The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. List of References (no emails sent from system)
Optional Documents
  1. Research (examples: research statement, research programs)
  2. Writing Sample 1

Posting Specific Questions

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