Postdoctoral Research Associate (Environmental Sciences/Ecological Research) via AGU

University of Virginia

Charlottesville, VA, United States 🇺🇸

Postdoctoral Research Associate – University of Virginia

The Department of Environmental Sciences at the University of Virginia (UVA) seeks a Postdoctoral Research Associate to work on the remote sensing of vegetation photosynthesis from multiple spatial scales. The successful candidate will be working on leaf to canopy level measurements of solar-induced fluorescence (SIF) and its linkage to plant photosynthesis. The postdoc will measure SIF using field spectrometers, drones, and airborne remote sensing. The postdoc will be working with scientists in the Toolik Long Term Ecological Research site, Sevilleta Long Term Ecological Research site, and Jet Propulsion Laboratory at NASA. The postdoc will prepare a manuscript, based on the modeling work, for publication in a peer-reviewed journal. The postdoc will work directly with Xi Yang in the Department of Environmental Sciences.

A Ph.D. in plant physiology, ecology, earth system science, remote sensing, or a related field is required. Knowledge of recent development of SIF and experience with leaf gas exchange measurements will be preferred. Knowledge of one or more advanced computer programming languages is required, including Matlab or R. The successful candidate should be enthusiastic, creative, and highly motivated. Strong skills in verbal and written communication of scientific results, ability to work both independently and collaboratively as a member of interdisciplinary teams, and ability to organize, prioritize, and coordinate multiple tasks are critical skills.

Appointment is for one year with possibility of a renewal for one additional year, contingent upon satisfactory performance and funding. The completion of a Ph.D. in earth system sciences or related field is required by appointment start date. The anticipated start date will be in late Jun-Jul, 2017.

To apply, complete a Candidate Profile through [email protected] ( and electronically attach the following: a cover letter describing research experience, interests, and experience with interdisciplinary teams; a curriculum vitae; and contact information for three (3) references; search on posting number 0619862.

Questions regarding this position should be directed to: Xi Yang through email at: [email protected].

Questions regarding the Candidate Profile process or [email protected] should be directed to: Rachel Short, [email protected].

The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to making a final offer of employment.

The University of Virginia is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

Women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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