Geography & Environmental Systems/Post-Doctoral Fellowship: Mapping forest expansion with remote sensing and machine learning
The Department of Geography and Environmental Systems at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) seeks to hire a postdoctoral scholar as part of a collaboration between UMBC (Dr. Matthew Fagan) and the World Resources Institute (WRI). UMBC has been awarded a grant from WRI to produce high-resolution maps of planted and natural forest expansion from spectral and radar data sources. The successful candidate will support implementation and refinement of previously developed automated mapping approaches, and work with a team of collaborators to analyze existing validation data, support parallel processing, and iterative refinements. Candidates will be encouraged to pursue new research questions with the resulting data. The project is part of a larger effort to monitor international commitments for forest restoration and tree planting (e.g., the Bonn Challenge, UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration).
Qualifications: At a minimum, candidates will hold a PhD within six months of appointment in Geography, Computer Science, Remote Sensing, Ecology, or related field, with research interests in remote sensing, machine learning, geospatial analysis, and expertise or experience with the analysis of large data sets.
Requirements include demonstrated ability with geospatial software including, but not limited to, ArcGIS or QGIS; programming with Python, R, or similar language.
Preference will be given to candidates with experience with high-performance computing, model performance evaluation, forest mapping, or database management, ability/experience mentoring students, a record of excellent scientific writing, and a demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion.
Context: UMBC is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a Research 1 University (R1). It is located in the Baltimore-Washington corridor near NSF, NIH and other federal, state, and local agencies as well as other research institutions that afford extensive opportunities for research collaboration.
UMBC is especially proud of the diversity of its student body, and we seek to attract an equally diverse applicant pool for this position. We have a strong commitment to inclusive excellence in our faculty. We encourage applications from women, minority group members, veterans, and individuals with disabilities. UMBC is a national model for inclusive excellence in higher education with longstanding dedication to training underrepresented scholars at the undergraduate and graduate level (http://facultydiversity.umbc.edu/).
The successful candidate will join a department with strong commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence. The Department of Geography & Environmental Systems (http://ges.umbc.edu) has grown to more than 300 majors in recent years, with more than 60 graduate students in M.S., M.P.S., and Ph.D. programs. Faculty and graduate student interests span topics from urban geography to environmental science and management, and the department provides a rich and collegial environment for cross-disciplinary collaboration. The department is particularly strong in areas including urban geography, urban environments, environmental justice, environmental policy and management, water resources, ecology and conservation, geospatial techniques and remote sensing, and critical GIS. Other opportunities for research collaboration at UMBC include the Joint Center for Earth Systems Technology (JCET) a research consortia formed by UMBC and NASA-Goddard Space Flight Center; the Center for Urban Environmental Research and Education (CUERE), a research center focused on the environmental, social and economic impacts of urban and suburban landscape transformation; and the U.S. Geological Survey Water Science Center for the MD-DE-DC region.
Screening of Applications Begins:
Review of application materials will begin and will continue until the position is filled.
UMBC, an honors university serving more than 11,000 undergraduates and 2,000 graduate students, is one of two public universities in Maryland to achieve the “doctoral/research university-extensive” Carnegie classification. Located just outside Baltimore and 45 minutes from Washington, DC, the campus is growing rapidly under dynamic leadership.
Our UMBC community redefines excellence in higher education through an inclusive culture that connects innovative teaching and learning, research across disciplines, and civic engagement. We will advance knowledge, economic prosperity, and social justice by welcoming and inspiring inquisitive minds from all backgrounds. The successful candidate will join a department with a strong commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence, and will be expected to contribute actively to these efforts (https://diversity.umbc.edu/).
Equal Opportunity Statement:
UMBC is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications from women, minority group members, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
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UMBC is a dynamic public research university integrating teaching, research and service to benefit the citizens of Maryland. As an Honors University, the campus offers academically talented students a strong undergraduate liberal arts foundation that prepares them for graduate and professional study, entry into the workforce, and community service and leadership. UMBC emphasizes science, engineering, information technology, human services and public policy at the graduate level. UMBC contributes to the economic development of the State and the region through entrepreneurial initiatives, workforce training, K-16 partnerships, and technology commercialization in collaboration with public agencies and the corporate community. UMBC is dedicated to cultural and ethnic diversity, social responsibility and lifelong learning.