GIS/Remote Sensing Wetland hydrology and Carbon Cycling, USGS Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center

Job Title: Post-doctoral position, GIS/remote sensing wetland hydrology, and carbon cycling

Organization: USGS Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Type of opportunity: A post-doctoral, student service contract position focused on GIS/remote sensing based modeling of wetland hydrology and carbon cycling in the Prairie Pothole Region of central North America is available with the U.S. Geological Survey Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center. The Prairie Pothole Region contains millions of wetlands are biogeochemical hotspots, emitting greenhouse gases and sequestering carbon. We aim to develop spatially-explicit models of biogeochemical and ecological processes using combinations of field data, publicly available GIS layers, and remotely sensed data. The student contractor will work with scientists at Northern Prairie (Sheel Bansal, Max Post van der Burg) and other USGS scientists as part of a team to develop novel ways to combine field, remote sensed data, and statistical models to scale from point-based process experiments to the landscape.

Contact: Sheel Bansal;

Desired qualifications:

The ideal candidate should have experience conducting GIS analyses using multiple open source and commercial software packages such as qGIS, GRASS, ArcGIS and especially R. Experience using remotely sensed data products to monitor vegetation, hydrology, soils, and land-use, as well as basic knowledge of mathematical and statistical modeling, is required. Candidates with additional experience in computer programming languages such as Python or C++ are preferred. However, previous knowledge of wetland carbon cycling is not required.

Start date: Aug – Oct 2018

Salary/pay: $37.81/hr (~$79,000/year)

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