Post-doctoral Scholar
Northern Arizona University 97 reviews - Flagstaff, AZ

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Special Information

* The Postdoctoral Scholar will work with a diverse team of ecologists and engineers to apply remote sensing methodology to studies of the detection of climate variability impacts to U.S. ecosystems and the spatial scaling of eddy-covariance measurements of ecosystem-atmosphere exchange.

* Applicants must possess technical capacities and/or expertise that does not currently exist at NAU and that will therefore increase NAU's research and training capacity.

* This position has identified funding for two years. Continued employment after that time period would depend on funding, satisfactory performance and departmental need.

* Not subject to layoff or recall status.

* Post-Doctoral Scholars are hired on a contract basis according to the terms of ABOR Policy 6-310, "Conditions of Post-Doctoral Service", which may be found at:

* This is a full-time position located at the NAU campus in Flagstaff, AZ.

Job Description

* Northern Arizona University seeks a Postdoctoral Scholar (PS) to add capacity in the area of remote sensing of plant and ecosystem structure and function at scales ranging from small grassland plot studies to individual tree crowns and landscapes. The PS will also contribute to projects that relate remotely sensed vegetation indices to eddy-covariance data in the context of upscaling. The PS's work is expected to bridge research groups at NAU, including those in Biology, Forestry, and the School of Earth Sciences and Environmental Sustainability. Examples of project possibilities include 1) quantifying the progression of drought-induced change of vegetation in southwestern U.S., 2) using an existing time series of multispectral data to quantify individual grassland species response to 10 years of experimental warming, 3) developing remote-sensing based indicator of progressive water stress in tree crowns, 4) scaling eddy-covariance measurements of ecosystem carbon dioxide, water, and energy flux to the landscape scale to address regional impacts of climatic variability, and 5) upscaling eddy-covariance measurements from footprint to global scales to relate climatic variability to carbon cycling. In addition to new research products, the PS is expected to have a leadership role in developing new research proposals to federal agencies. The appointment is for two years and is supported by Northern Arizona University┬┐s Technology Research and Initiative Fund.

Minimum Qualifications

* An earned PhD in Biology, Ecology, Environmental Sciences, Geography, Earth Sciences, or other relevant science or engineering discipline.

Preferred Qualifications

* Experience with remote sensing of plant and ecosystem properties including by satellite sensors (e.g. MODIS) and handheld spectrometers.
* Experience collating and analyzing eddy flux data.
* Strong quantitative and statistical skills, including spatial and multivariate statistics, Matlab or R.
* Experience in handling large, complex datasets.
* A record of publication.
* Experience with collaborative interdisciplinary research.
* Availability to start by March 1, 2013.

Knowledge Skills and Abilities

* Strong scientific writing skills.
* Ability to function as a productive member of a research team.
* Excellent organization and project management skills.

* Applicants must possess technical capacities and/or expertise that does not currently exist at NAU and that will therefore increase NAU's research and training capacity.

General Information

This position has been identified as a safety/security sensitive position. Therefore, per AZ Revised Statute, Northern Arizona University requires satisfactory results for the following: a criminal background investigation, employment history investigation, degree verification (in some cases) and fingerprinting.

Additionally, as an employer in the state of Arizona, NAU is required to participate in the federal E-Verify program that assists employers with verifying new employees' right to work in the United States.



FLSA Status



Post-Doctoral Scholars are hired on a contract basis, renewable each fiscal year for a maximum of 4 renewals (5 years) according to terms of the Conditions of Post-Doctoral Service, which may be found on the Internet at

NAU offers an excellent benefit package to Post-Doctoral Scholars including generous health, dental and vision insurance (available 90-days after the employee's start date); 10 days of vacation and 10 holidays per year; and tuition reduction for employees and qualified family members. Participation in NAU retirement plans is not available to Post-Doctoral Scholars. More information on benefits at NAU is available at

Application Deadline

Open until further notice.

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