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Research Assistant Positions (2)
Aboveground Carbon Dynamics

Job # AGCD17

SUMMARY: We are seeking two Research Assistants for one-year extendable positions, focused on the development of novel approaches to the direct measurement and mapping of aboveground carbon dynamics and restoration of land carbon reservoirs at local to global scales. The successful candidates will work closely with the lead scientists and their collaborators as part of new and ongoing research efforts supported by variety of sources, included NASA. This position requires advanced remote sensing, GIS, and statistics experience, including the ability to manipulate large data sets within a LINUX-based cloud-computing environment.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Assemble/analyze large airborne LiDAR, Landsat, MODIS, and related datasets
  • Understand/manage large databases of field-measured biomass and related variables
  • Advance multi-temporal algorithm development for biomass change mapping
  • Perform complex geoprocessing utilizing cloud computing resources (e.g., Google)
  • Conduct accuracy/uncertainty/sensitivity analyses
  • Work in a collaborative environment with minimal oversight
  • Participate in peer-reviewed journal article and grant proposal preparation
  • Contribute to WHRC’s ongoing tropical and global biomass modeling activities

Qualifications and Experience: B.S. (minimum) or M.S. (preferred) degree with experience in a relevant discipline (geography, ecology, forestry, natural resources, or environmental science) with demonstrated expertise using multi-temporal/multi-sensor Earth observation data for large-area measurement and mapping of forest biophysical variables.

  • Experience with field, airborne LiDAR, Landsat, MODIS, and/or similar datasets
  • Experience building statistical relationships between field and satellite image data
  • Advanced computational/programming skills
  • Open-source statistical/spatial software experience (R/GDAL/Python, etc.)
  • Knowledge of tropical forests and three-dimensional forest structure
  • Familiarity with REDD+ and forest carbon MRV
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to work independently in an organized and detail-oriented fashion

Desired Start Date: Early 2017
Application Deadline: January 20th, or until filled
Salary Range: $48,000 to $60,000, with full benefit package, exempt positions.

Appointment: These are one-year appointments, with the potential to extend.

Application Instructions: To apply, please send cover letter referencing “Research Assistant Positions #AGCD17,” curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references to

Please type “AGCD17” in the subject line.