Postdoctoral Researcher in Remote Sensing – Woods Hole Research Center

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August 11, 2011

Title of Position / Job: Postdoctoral Researcher in Remote Sensing

Institution: Woods Hole Research Center, Woods Hole, Massachusetts, United States

JOB SUMMARY: The Woods Hole Research Center seeks a postdoctoral researcher to participate in research projects focused on mapping and monitoring carbon in forests, primarily in the tropics, incorporating field forest inventories with satellite observations (optical/radar/lidar). The successful candidate will work closely with the principle investigator and collaborators, applying satellite observations to improve tropical forest characterization, monitoring and improve carbon management in the tropics. This position requires advanced remote sensing experience, including the ability to manipulate large data sets using personally developed scripts.

Responsibilities: The successful candidate will:

* Conduct research on remote sensing data fusion and the development of robust algorithms integrating ground, and airborne data, at local to national scale for forest carbon mapping and carbon change
* engage in a highly collaborative environment to analyze, synthesize, and present results
* advance analysis of forest disturbance/carbon change
* perform complex geoprocessing, frequently beyond the ‘push-button’ approach
* participate in capacity building and technology transfer in tropical countries

Qualifications and Experience:

* Ph.D. degree in Environmental Science, Forestry, Biology, Geography, Computer Science and/or a related discipline, with experience using earth observation imagery and a demonstrated ability to write scripts, conduct spatial analysis and manage databases. Applicants should be confident in using a variety of software/geospatial tools and possess the ability to continuously learn new technical skills as needed.
* Experience in processing multi-sensor imagery for mapping applications
* Experience in digital image processing software packages (Erdas, Imagine, Idrisi, ENVI/IDL, or open source alternatives)
* Experience working with forestry data sets
* Geospatial script writing (Python, R, gdal, C/C#, SQL, Perl, Java, and AML also useful)
* Experience in performing GIS tasks in a multi-operating system environment(Windows/Linux/Mac/Solaris)
* Ability to work well alone and as part of a team in a constantly evolving environment
* Ability to speak and write French required; additional foreign language skills desirable

Appointment: This is a two-year appointment.

Application deadline: August 26th, 2011

Desired Start Date: ASAP

Salary Range: $45,000 to $50,000, with full benefit package, exempt position

Application Instructions: To apply, please send cover letter referencing Job # NLPD11, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references to

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  • Jamil Amanollahi

    Dear Editor
    I am going to apply for Postdoctoral fellowship in the Woods Hole Research Center. My thesis title is Application of remote sensing in studying particulate matter and urban heat island. To intimate you about my past research efforts, I have published

    1. Accuracy assessment of moderate resolution imaging spectroradiometer products for dust storms in semiarid environment.

    2. PM10 monitoring using MODIS AOT and GIS, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

    3. Real time assessment of haze and PM10 aided by MODIS aerosol optical thickness over Klang Valley, Malaysia

    4. PM10 distribution using remotely sensed data and GIS techniques; Klang Valley, Malaysia.

    and I have submitted
    (1) Remote sensing in retrieval of particulate matter in the air using Thermal band of Landsat images.
    (2) Cloud cover and gap lines removal method in remote sensing analysis of urban heat island in tropical areas.
    (3) Land surface temperature assessment in semi-arid residential area.

    to mention a few
    I will be passed my viva in September or October of 2011
    I hope to receive your positive response to my application.

    Jamil Amanollahi
    Department of Environment science
    Faculty of Environmental studies
    Universiti Putra Malaysia
    UPM 43400, Serdang
    Selangor, Malaysia