Postdoctoral Scholar in the Climate Hazards Center

University of California-Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara, CA, US

Recruitment Period

Open date: March 23rd, 2020

Next review date: Thursday, Apr 23, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Tuesday, Jun 30, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


Summary: The Climate Hazards Center ( at the University of California, Santa Barbara seeks a highly motivated postdoctoral researcher for an exciting project supported by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the US Geological Survey. The project focuses on using remote sensing and machine learning to predict agricultural statistics (crop production, crop yields, prices) in food insecure countries and will directly support the famine early warning efforts of USAID’s Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET). The project will have a strong focus on applications and will leverage cutting edge science to support lives and livelihood saving early warning information.

Applicants must have completed all requirements for a PhD Degree in Statistics, Geography/Remote Sensing, Agricultural Economics, Agronomy, hydrology, environmental science, Earth Science or a related discipline except the dissertation at the time of application.

Additional Qualifications:
PhD awarded by the time of appointment.

Preferred Qualifications:
Strong expertise in handling, processing and visualizing large geophysical or remote sensing datasets, and/or socioeconomic time series.
Ability to implement predictive models (including but not limited to machine learning algorithms) based on remotely sensed and/or time series datasets.
Fluency in programming languages such as R or Python.
Demonstrated ability to make reproducible code for cleaning, integrating, and modeling spatial/temporal data from multiple sources, spatial scales, and temporal frequencies.
Interest and experience in applied sciences
Proven record of independently leading research projects, conducting reproducible research, publishing journal articles and presenting at international and national conferences.

The initial appointment will be for one (1) year with a possible two (2) year reappointment based on performance during the year 1 and available funding.

Anticipated start date is July 1, 2020.

The Department is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching, and service as appropriate to the position.

To apply, please visit :
Please be prepared to include a Cover Letter, your most recent Curriculum Vitae, and three letters of reference. A Statement of Research demonstrating evidence of satisfying preferred qualifications is optional. Primary consideration given to applications completed by 4/23/2020.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected Veterans status, or any other characteristic protected by law.