Post-Doc Research Associate on Hydrology-focused Remote Sensing and Modeling

University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, NC, USA 🇺🇸

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DepartmentEarth Marine Environmt Sci – 318000
Posting Open Date03/13/2023
Application Deadline04/14/2023
Open Until FilledNo
Position TypePostdoctoral Scholar
Position TitlePost-Doc Research Associate
Vacancy IDPDS003772
Full-time/Part-timeFull-Time Temporary
Hours per week40
Work LocationChapel Hill, NC
Position LocationNorth Carolina, US
Hiring Range$55,000
Proposed Start Date08/01/2023
Estimated Duration of Appointment12 Months

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Primary Purpose of Organizational UnitThe department of Earth, Marine and Environmental Sciences (EMES) resulted from the merger of the departments of Marine Sciences, Geological Sciences, and the Institute of Marine Sciences. This consolidation represents an opportunity to build a nationally prominent earth and marine sciences department and coastal marine lab. The natural synergy of the earth and ocean sciences at Carolina brings strength, stability, and visibility to the combined program. UNC-Chapel Hill is taking advantage of the natural connections between these programs and the combined strengths of faculty, students and staff to increase multidisciplinary and emerging research, develop degree programs to better serve students, and enhance engagement with North Carolina coastal communities. 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 SummaryWe seek a postdoctoral researcher with expertise in hydrology-focused remote sensing and modeling to work on one or both of two projects: a NASA-funded project focused on developing and analyzing a new snow dataset and an NSF-funded project focused on understanding the relationship between hydrology, drought, and air quality. This postdoc will work on two or more of three different topics that are related to understanding hydrologic processes in North America: working with a team to use regional climate and surface modeling to better understand low flow processes in North American rivers, evaluating and using a new MODIS-based snowpack dataset to understand the dataset’s error characteristics, and using that dataset to examine spatiotemporal patterns of snowpack across North America. The position is for eighteen months, with an additional extension of up to one year possible depending on funding. It will involve developing, implementing, and validating novel algorithms for modeling streamflow; evaluating and using large-scale remote sensing datasets; 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. The position will be housed in the UNC Global Hydrology Lab, which encourages a collaborative and supportive research environment. Diversity and inclusiveness are essential to our campus success, and UNC-CH seeks candidates who share our commitment.
Minimum Education and Experience RequirementsMust have Ph.D. in hydrology, geology, geography, physics, or a related discipline before start of position.
Required Qualifications, Competencies, and ExperienceMust have ability to program fluently in at least 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 ExperienceExperience working with numerical modeling or remote sensing of snow. Experience working with land surface models such as Noah-MP or CLM. He will have 3 total post-docs this summer
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Department Contact Name and TitleAmy Bartenfelder BSC
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Equal Opportunity Employer StatementThe University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, race, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.

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