Postdoctoral Fellow (Remote Sensing of Mountain Ecohydrology)

Reno, NV, US

Position Information

Posting NumberF037
Position TitlePostdoctoral Fellow, Remote Sensing of Mountain Ecohydrology
LocationReno, NV
Position Summary

The Division of Hydrologic Sciences at the Desert Research Institute (DRI) is accepting applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow in Remote Sensing of Mountain Ecohydrology to investigate snow-vegetation interactions and mountain hydrology. The project will integrate ground-based field measurements with NASA airborne and satellite remote sensing datasets at sites in the Sierra Nevada and Rocky Mountains. The position has the potential for field work that would take place in remote snowy conditions if the selected candidate was interested in participating.

This position will be based at DRI’s Reno campus and University of Nevada, Reno with Dr. Rina Schumer (DRI) and Dr. Adrian Harpold (UNR) being the supervisors. Details on Dr. Harpold’s research program can be found here:

The fellowship provides two years of salary coverage contingent upon successful progress in year 1 and include 15% release time to pursue independent research. The start date for this position will be no later than January 15, 2017.

Required Qualifications
  • Ph.D. in hydrology or related discipline from an accredited institution, PhD’s conferred by December 31, 2016 will also be considered
  • Expertise and interest in hydrology, meteorology, and environmental science
  • Experience in programming languages such as Python, R, or Matlab Experience working with remote sensing data, in particular hyperspectral and LiDAR
  • Strong quantitative skills
  • Evidence of the ability to participate in and coordinate collaborative research
  • Ability to develop research proposals and participate in grant writing and peer reviewed publications.
  • Ability to work independently to fulfill project goals and meet project deadlines
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience with software such as ENVI or LasTools
Conditions of Employment / Physical Requirements

The individual who is offered and accepts this position must provide, within 30 working days of his/her start date, a copy of the transcript(s) of the highest degree he/she has acquired, as awarded by an accredited institute as recognized by the United States Department of Education and/or the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

Salary Information

Salaries are competitive and commensurate with qualifications, with continued appointment (assessed annually for up to a maximum of two years, depending on continuation of funding) being dependent upon performance and availability of funding.
This position is eligible for DRI’s benefits package and relocation assistance. See this link for a benefits overview: Postdoctoral Fellow Benefits.

Note to Applicants 
EEO Statement

The Desert Research Institute (DRI) is an equal opportunity/ affirmative action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law. DRI employs only U.S. citizens and persons lawfully authorized to work in the United States.