Postdoctoral Position: Geospatial & Ecological Modeling

PhD Position
Posted 2 years ago
  • Organization and Location: Penn State University Park
  • Deadline: begin on November 14th, 2022 and continue until the position is filled

JOB DESCRIPTION : (Geospatial & Ecological Modeling)

The Qiu lab at the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management at The Pennsylvania State University is seeking a highly motivated Postdoctoral Scholar to work on understanding the impacts of climate change and habitat degradation on forest ecosystems. We are looking for a postdoc with experience in synthesizing satellite and airborne remote sensing with ecological big data at a regional to global scale. The candidate is expected to derive forest and habitat characteristics (e.g., canopy and understory conditions) from a wide range of remote sensors (e.g., LiDAR, Hyperspectral, PlanetScope, Sentinel-2, Landsat, and drones).

The candidate will develop and implement advanced statistical models and machine learning technique to quantify changes in ecosystem functions (e.g., vegetation phenology, biodiversity, etc.). As such, we seek applicants with strong quantitative backgrounds in both remote sensing and ecological modeling. The selected scientist will contribute to fieldwork, data analysis and visualization, and manuscript preparation. There will also be exciting opportunities for the candidate to collaborate with an interdisciplinary team and leverage the university-level resources (e.g., computing cluster, Shale Hills CZO, and Stone Valley Experimental Forest) to develop nature-based solutions to mitigate climate change impacts on forest ecosystems.


Successful candidate is required to have and provide evidence of a Ph.D. in ecology, geography, environmental science, earth system science, forestry, or a closely related relevant area prior to the effective date of hire. Applicants should have strong programming skills (e.g., R or Python) in processing and visualizing geospatial and ecological big data. Experiences with data-model synthesis in the supercomputing environment are highly preferred. A strong record of publishing research in peer-reviewed journals is desired. Proficiency in spoken/written English is mandatory.

To apply:

please upload (1) cover letter describing your research experience/interests, (2) a most recent CV, (3) names and contact information for three references. All of the above should be compiled into a single pdf document and submitted through the Penn State online portal. Review of applications will begin on November 14th, 2022 and continue until the position is filled. The starting date of this position is flexible and can be as early as December 2022. This position is for one year with the possibility of additional years pending satisfactory progress. Please contact Dr. Tong Qiu ([email protected]) with subject line: application for geospatial and ecological modeling postdoc if you have any questions.

More information about Penn State and resources for Postdoctoral scholars can be found on the following website: Standard University background checks will be required.

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