Post-Doc Research Associate

Updated: about 2 months ago
Location: Chapel Hill, NORTH CAROLINA
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 28 Oct 2022

Posting Information
Posting Details

Department Earth Marine Environmt Sci - 318000
Posting Open Date 09/26/2022
Application Deadline 10/28/2022
Open Until Filled No
Position Type Postdoctoral Scholar
Position Title Post-Doc Research Associate
Vacancy ID PDS003601
Full-time/Part-time Full-Time Temporary
Hours per week 40
Work Location Chapel Hill, NC
Position Location North Carolina, US
Hiring Range $50,000-$60,000
Proposed Start Date 01/02/2023
Estimated Duration of Appointment 12 Months

Position Information

Primary Purpose of Organizational Unit
The Department of Earth, Marine and Environmental Sciences (EMES) at UNC-CH advances understanding of the earth and ocean processes that govern our planet, shape diverse ecosystems, sustain life, and drive environmental change. We promote exploration and discovery of the natural world by engaging students in research-based learning at all levels. Our graduates are equipped with the strong science foundation, critical thinking skills, and interdisciplinary perspectives required to tackle current and future environmental and resource challenges. We encourage engaged service that translates knowledge for the public good. We support a welcoming and inclusive environment, foster diverse identities and perspectives, and encourage collaboration with all segments of society.
Position Summary
We seek a postdoctoral researcher with expertise in global-scale hydrologic analyasis to help develop some of the first scientific results from the upcoming NASA Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) Satellite, which is anticipated to launch in late 2022. The position will involve substantial analysis of remotely sensed imagery, including data from SWOT itself and also from other sensors including optical sensors (like Landsat) and other radar sensors. It will involve both developing ancillary datasets, such as on river and lake ice extent, to support SWOT, and also analysis of the SWOT data itself. The position is for one year with the possibility of reappointment for two additional years. It will involve developing, implementing, and validating novel algorithms for analyzing SWOT data; writing scientific papers; and presenting research at national and international meetings. If the successful applicant is interested, the position may also involve experience in co-mentorship of undergraduate and/or graduate students. Inclusiveness and equity are essential to our campus success, and UNC-CH seeks candidates who share our commitment.
Minimum Education and Experience Requirements
Must have Ph.D. in hydrology, geology, geography, physics, or a related discipline before start of position
Required Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience
Must have ability to program fluently in at least one common scientific programming language such as Python, R, Javascript, or Matlab. Must have experience in analyzing remotely sensed imagery or other large geospatial datasets.
Preferred Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience
Experience working in the Google Earth Engine environment. Understanding of satellite radar interferometry.
Special Physical/Mental Requirements
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Department Contact Telephone or Email 919-966-4517
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