Post Doctoral Research Opportunity in Ecological Remote Sensing

Posted: December 10, 2010 in Uncategorized

From: “Henebry, Geoffrey”
Date: 2010 December 10 16:51:19 EST
Subject: Post Doctoral Research Opportunity in Ecological Remote Sensing
Reply-To: “Henebry, Geoffrey”

Post Doctoral Research Opportunity in Ecological Remote Sensing

Synergistic analyses of data from active and passive sensors to assess relationships between spatial heterogeneity of tropical forest structure and biodiversity dynamics

We are seeking a well-qualified, productive, and self-motivated researcher to join a collaborative team conducting research on the use of active and passive remote sensing technologies to characterize and model relationships between spatial heterogeneities in tropical forest structure and the biodiversity in multiple taxa. We seek a colleague with expertise in and experience with LiDAR data processing and analysis, particularly full waveform LiDAR.

The Researcher will participate in field based data collection in Costa Rica. The Researcher will also be responsible for data analysis, preparation and submission of manuscripts for publication, presentation of results at meetings, assist in mentoring graduate students, and collaborate in submission of grant proposals.

The research location is within the Atlantic slope of the Central Mountains of Costa Rica. The Postdoctoral Researcher will collaborate with project scientists at World Wildlife Fund, FUNDECOR (Fundación para el Desarrollo de la Cordillera Volcánica Central), CATIE (Centro Agronómico Tropical de Investigación y Enseñanza), and UNA (Universidad Nacional de Heredia). The position will be based at South Dakota State University, but extended periods of fieldwork in Costa Rica are anticipated. Accordingly, fluency in Spanish is a big plus, but not required.

Prospective candidates are encouraged to contact Geoff Henebry to discuss the research program and potential roles for the Postdoctoral Researcher. To apply, send the following information by email to (i) a cover letter outlining your research interests and prior experience; (ii) a detailed CV; and (iii) contact information for three academic referees (references will be sought for short-listed candidates only). Competitive salary, commensurate with experience, plus medical and retirement benefits. (The cost of living in South Dakota is low and there is no state income tax.)

The position is available in January 2011, but a later start date is possible. The appointment is initially for one year, with an additional one year possible. Review of applications will begin December 21, 2010 and continue until a suitable applicant has been found.

Dr. Geoff Henebry
Geographic Information Science Center of Excellence (GIScCE)
South Dakota State University, Brookings, South Dakota

The Geographic Information Science Center of Excellence (GIScCE) at South Dakota State University (SDSU) is a dynamic new research center set up in collaboration with the USGS Center for Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS). GIScCE specializes in regional to global ecological and earth systems research, with special emphasis on using geospatial information, remote sensing and modeling to understand terrestrial responses to global change. SDSU is located in Brookings, SD, a small and friendly university town of 20,000 in a rural setting. The University is home to more than 12,000 students and is the largest university in South Dakota. SDSU is a land grant university with particular strengths in the agricultural and environmental sciences and growing reputation for interdisciplinary research. The university is an AA/EEO employer and encourages applications from women and minorities.

Geoffrey M. Henebry, Ph.D., C.S.E.
Coordinator, Geospatial Science & Engineering Ph.D. program
Professor of Biology and Geography & Senior Research Scientist
Geographic Information Science Center of Excellence (GIScCE)
South Dakota State University
1021 Medary Ave., Wecota Hall 506B
Brookings, SD 57007-3510, USA
voice: 1-605-688-5351 (-5227 FAX)


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