USGS Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship to advance remote sensing of surface water dynamics via AGU

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

Lakewood, CO, USA 🇺🇸

The United States Geological Survey is recruiting a post-doctoral scientist for a multi-agency project focused on using remotely sensed data sources (Landsat, Sentinel-1, Sentinel-2, commercial high-resolution imagery) to track surface water dynamics in response to land use, disturbance, climate extremes, and climate change. The project seeks to quantify how headwater wetlands and lakes influence downstream river discharge and predict the integrative impact that land use and climate change (and associated floods, droughts, and wildfires) has on wetlands, lakes, and rivers. The post-doc will participate in framing and performing analyses as well as authoring and presenting research. The project supports ongoing research and offers opportunities to collaborate with a multi-agency team of scientists.

Applicants should possess a strong understanding of satellite image processing and analysis, experience developing and analyzing geospatial datasets, and a background in ecology, hydrology, or climatology. Experience coding in Python and/or R is necessary as is experience with geospatial methods and GIS. Experience with advanced statistical and process-based modeling would also be helpful.

Funding for the fellowship is for one year and is subject to renewal up to 3 additional years depending on available funding. Expected annual salary is ~$90,000. The research fellow’s duty station is the Geosciences and Environmental Change Science Center, located in Lakewood, CO, with telework flexibility. 

To apply, please prepare a cover letter, curriculum vitae, transcripts, and contact information for three references and send them to via email with the subject line “Water Post-Doc.” In the cover letter, please explain your interest in the position and relevant experience, as well as citizenship status.  For eligibility requirements, see (  Candidates must have received their doctoral degree within the past five years and must .  Finalist applicants are required to develop a research proposal in collaboration with the research team as a requirement of the hiring process. Applications will be accepted until March 15, 2023 or the position is filled.  Submit applications and any questions to:

Melanie Vanderhoof,

United States Geological Survey

Geosciences and Environmental Change Science Center





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