PhD Assistantship – Remote Sensing and Climate Sensitive Forest Growth Modeling

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July 24, 2012

PhD Assistantship – Remote Sensing and Climate Sensitive Forest Growth Modeling
Employer: Michigan Technological University
Type: Full Time – Student/Graduate/Internship

Job Description

PhD Position Description:
A PhD research assistantship in remote sensing is available in the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science at Michigan Technological University. We are seeking a PhD research assistant to support a NASA funded research project focused on understanding the impacts of climate change and adaptive forest management on future forest conditions across the Pacific Northwest. The successful candidate will employ various remote sensing technologies (e.g., Lidar, Radar, Optical data) to assess current ecosystem composition and structure and subsequently use forest simulation models (Climate-FVS and Landis-II) to provide insights into future forest conditions in light of climate change and adaptive forest management strategies.

Qualifications:
The ideal candidate will be highly motivated, innovative, and posses a MS degree in Forestry, Forest Science, Environmental Science, or a related field. Experience with remote sensing and forest simulation modeling is also desired. The start date is negotiable; however, Fall 2012 is ideal.

Miscellaneous:
The School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science is located in a 93,000-square-foot teaching and research facility, and has state-of-the-art computing equipment, including remote sensing/GIS teaching and research laboratories (http://www.mtu.edu/forest/). Michigan Tech is also home to the Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences Institute (EPSSI), which is comprised of over twenty faculty focused upon promoting interdisciplinary research and education in various aspects of remote sensing (http://www.epssi.mtu.edu/). The University’s close proximity to vast expanses of Northern Hardwood Forest make it an ideal location to conduct research on remote sensing and sustainable management in forested ecosystems.

Salary:
The assistantship includes a full tuition wavier and a competitive stipend.

How to Apply: Interested persons should e-mail GRE scores, a statement of professional interests, curriculum vitae including names and contact information for three references, a writing sample, and any other relevant materials to Dr. Michael Falkowski (mjfalkow@mtu.edu). Review of applications will begin immediately.

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