Post Doctoral Researcher in Mountain Geomorphology and Geohazards

University of Dayton

Dayton, OH, USA 🇺🇸

Job No: 500659
Work Type: Staff Full Time (1500 hours or greater)
Location: Dayton, OH
Category: University Staff
Department: Mann Chair in the Sciences – 208005
Pay Grade: A – Exempt
Advertised: January 05, 2023
Applications close: Open until filled

Position Summary:We invite applications for a postdoctoral research position to study mountain geomorphology and geohazards. This is an open position with primary background and interest in utilizing remote sensing data such as commercial smallsat (e.g., Maxar, ICEYE, etc), radar (e.g., Sentinel-1, ISRO-ASAR, etc.) and ICESat in conjunction with machine/deep learning. Such a background can be applied to one of these aspects of mountain geomorphology: glacier surface processes, glacier lake outburst flood, landslide, landslide-blocked rivers, mountain hydrology, debris flow, mountain landscape evolution, and/or cascading hazard process chain. A successful candidate will have an emerging record of scholarly excellence and will be expected to work independently in ongoing projects in one of the above-listed areas. Candidates using optical remote sensing (e.g., Landsat, Sentinel-2), UAV, numerical modeling, or other techniques are also encouraged to apply. This position provides an opportunity to grow your skillset and also allows you to bring new skills and unique methods to study the impact of climate change on mountain geomorphology. It is important for scientists to use their expertise for societal benefits. Thus, the candidate is also expected to be in touch with ongoing efforts in using geospatial techniques for societal benefits and human rights issues.The appointment will be for 1 year, with continuation pending funding and progress. The position is eligible for benefits. Applicants are encouraged to ask questions to Dr. Umesh Haritashya (
Minimum Qualifications:• Ph.D. in Earth or Environmental sciences/Engineering (e.g., geology, geography, geosciences, glaciology, civil engineering, computer science). ABD at the time of application is accepted, but Ph.D. is required by the start date.
• Candidate must have experience using GIS and remote sensing software and data products in analyzing mountain geomorphology.
• Publication record in peer-reviewed journals.
Preferred Qualifications:While not everyone may possess all of the preferred qualifications, the ideal candidate will bring many of the following:• Ability to use at least some combination of these software/modeling tools (e.g., Google Earth Engine, HEC-RAS, RAMMS, GeoClaw, COSI-Corr, SfM) and Python/Matlab/R programming for data analysis.
• Experience in using/analyzing climate data.
• Ability to think creatively and work independently and in a team.
• Articulated interest in and flexibility necessary to respond quickly to time-sensitive research requirements.
• Excellent verbal and written communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills.
• Record of publication as lead author in a high-impact top-tier journal.
• Experience in writing or contributing to successful research proposals.
• Fieldwork experience in high-altitude mountainous regions.
Special Instructions to Applicants:Application materials:
• A cover letter outlining a detailed statement of research interest and potential ideas that fits the outlined open position summary.
• Detailed CV.
• Names of three professional references. References may be contacted via phone/email after the initial candidate screening.A federal court on December 7, 2021, issued a ruling that suspends the COVID-19 vaccine requirement that applies to federal contractors nationwide. With this development, the University will pause any enforcement action against employees who have not complied with the requirement to be fully vaccinated by Dec. 8, 2021 or to have requested an exemption to maintain their employment status.The University will continue to monitor the state of the pandemic on campus and in the community as well as developments in federal and state requirements, and also will continue to regularly consult with public health officials and our medical panel. As has been the case throughout the pandemic, our protocols and requirements are subject to change depending on conditions on campus or in our community, and government requirements.
Closing Statement:Informed by its Catholic and Marianist mission, the University is committed to the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Informed by this commitment, we seek to increase diversity, achieve equitable outcomes, and model inclusion across our campus community. As an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer, we will not discriminate against minorities, women, protected veterans, individuals with disabilities, or on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity.





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