Postdoctoral in Remote Sensing Applications Estuary and Delta Science At Jet Propulsion Laboratory/Caltech

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April 9, 2013

Available Position: Postdoctoral Researchers in Remote Sensing Applications Estuary and Delta Science

Job Description
The California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Postdoctoral Scholars Program at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) invites applicants for postdoctoral research positions in JPL’s Engineering and Science Directorate.

JPL_logoThe research will focus on the use of remote sensing measurements towards the improved understanding, monitoring and management of estuaries and deltas, with a particular emphasis in this opportunity on the Sacramento – San Joaquin Delta Estuary (the Delta). Research and management considerations include aspects of the hydrological, ecological, and physical (e.g. levee) systems and their interactions. JPL/NASA are developing innovative remote sensing assets, both airborne and spaceborne, that provide new opportunities for basic and applied science studies in coastal, delta, estuarine, hydrological, water quality and ecosystem studies relevant to complex urban-agricultural-natural environments as exemplified by the Delta. Examples of new and innovative airborne instruments include hyperspectral visible and infrared imagers for terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems research (e.g. PRISM, AVRIS-NG, MASTER, HyTES) and microwave radiometers and radars for hydrologic and levee infrastructure studies (UAVSAR, PALS, airSWOT). For more information on these sensors and others, visit: airbornescience.jpl.nasa.gov. These airborne remote sensing capabilities complement and extend a number of operating (e.g. JASON, MODIS, Aquarius, LandSat) and soon-to-launch satellites (e.g. SMAP). Successful candidates will join an interdisciplinary team at JPL focused on using remote sensing assets to contribute basic science knowledge and decision support information that is aligned with goals common to coastal, delta and estuary stewardship. The appointees will carry out research in collaboration with their JPL advisor, resulting in publications in the open literature.

Candidates should have a recent PhD related to ecosystems, aquatic sciences, hydrology, geology or a closely related field. They should have a strong background in data analysis. Experience with application of satellite data products and/or environmental modeling are desirable. For a number of applications, expertise in environmental (e.g. hydrologic, ecosystem) or radiative transfer modeling and algorithm development are desired. The appointments are contingent upon PhD completion. Candidates who have received their PhD within the past five years since the date of their application are eligible. The annual starting salary for recent PhDs is $52,000 USD and can vary somewhat according to the selected applicant’s qualifications. These particular postdoctoral scholar positions will be awarded for a minimum of one-year period and may be renewed for an additional year.

Please send a letter describing your research interests, a curriculum vitae, a list of three references (with telephone numbers, postal and email address) and arrange the reference letters to be sent to:

Name: Duane Waliser
Address: 4800 Oak Grove Dr. MS 180-400
Telephone: 8183934094
Fax: 8183934094
E-Mail: duane.waliser@jpl.nasa.gov

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