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Postdoctoral Research Associate I (Multiple Positions)

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Position Details

Position Information

Title Postdoctoral Research Associate I (Multiple Positions)
Department Ecology & Evolutionary Biology (0420)
Location Main Campus
Position Summary

Applications are invited for a creative postdoctoral scientist, preferably with experience in field-instrumentation, image or remote sensing analysis, and/or modeling, to join an interdisciplinary collaboration in Brazil (jointly funded by U.S. DOE, and the Brazilian Sao Paulo State and Amazonas State Science foundations). The science goal is to use novel “local remote sensing” methods with novel camera systems to discover how environmental and ecological mechanisms jointly regulate the dynamics of photosynthesis in tropical forest canopies, from individual tree crown to landscape scales.

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Duties & Responsibilities

The candidate will work as part of a team of Brazilian and U.S. collaborators, and will focus on installation, analysis and interpretation of advanced tower-based camera systems (we will have 3 vegetation camera systems — hyperspectral, thermal, and 4-band RGB-NIR — at two Amazon forest sites, along with hemispherical full-sky images of the incoming radiation field). The research will involve collaborating with a partner post-doc in Brazil (at INPE, the Brazilian space agency) to apply advanced image analysis techniques for integration with associated in situ and remote sensing data (including leaf-scale measurements, eddy fluxes, and airborne LiDAR surveys and satellite observations).

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
Minimum Qualifications

Ph.D. in Biology or related field and research experience in remote sensing/image processing, atmospheric radiation, or engineering.

Preferred Qualifications

Preferably, the selected candidate will be highly motivated, have strong communication skills, and seek to both take a leadership role for specific project components and collaborate with members of a broad international and interdisciplinary team; as well as have experience in field-instrumentation, image or remote sensing analysis, and/or modeling.

FLSA Exempt
Full Time/Part Time Full Time
Number of Hours Worked per Week
Job Category Research
Benefits Eligible Yes - Full Benefits
Posted Rate of Pay DOE
Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number P20124
Number of Vacancies Multiple
Desired Start Date 01/18/2016
Position End Date (if temporary)
Limited to Current UA Employees No
Contact Information for Candidates

For more details, see: (Saleska research group)
Please send inquiries to Dr. Scott Saleska (

Open Date 12/18/2015
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Review Begins On 01/04/2016
Special Instructions to Applicant
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Supplemental Questions

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  1. * Can you perform the essential functions (job duties) of this position with or without accommodation?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Where did you first learn about this position?
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  3. * Do you have a Ph.D. in Biology or a related field; OR, will you upon hire?
    • Yes
    • No

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
Optional Documents