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Vacancy: Postdoc Position at the University of Nevada-Reno (USA)

Last modified July 16, 2012 09:07 expired

Vacancy: Postdoc Position at the University of Nevada-Reno (USA).

I anticipate hiring a postdoctoral collaborator on NASA-funded research investigating temperature regimes, climate change, and ecological consequences in complex terrain using remote sensing, sensor networks, geospatial modeling, and climate modeling. The postdoc will be based in Professor Thomas Albright’s Laboratory for Conservation Biogeography, in the Department of Geography at the University of Nevada, Reno (USA).

The research is part of an interacting nexus of NASA and NSF-funded projects across several campuses (including UW-Madison, U. New Mexico, and Desert Research Institute) and federal agencies (USFS, USGS, USFWS) investigating the effects of extreme weather and climate change on avian physiology, ecology, and conservation. Strong potential also exists to link to other taxa and ecological, hydrologic, and atmospheric questions and applications, including the Nevada Climate-Ecohydrological Assessment Network (NevCAN; <>).

For more information on Professor Albright, LCB, the Department of Geography, and UNR, see: <>. Reno is a diverse community on the Eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada with exceptional recreational opportunities and a reasonable cost of living: <>.

The preferred start date is 15 September 2012; however there is flexibility in the start date up to January 2013. The position, featuring competitive salary and benefits, is funded and slated for 2 years, pending strong progress.

Qualifications (required): • Ph.D. in geography, ecology, natural resources, engineering, or related • Strong experience in remote sensing fundamentals, processing, & application • Computational skills: image processing, GIS, R or similar analysis environments, elementary (at least) programming and scripting for automation • Knowledge of applied statistics • A record of publication and presentation • Strong communication skills, enjoyment of collaboration & helping students Qualifications (preferred): • Interest/experience in any of: field instrumentation, climatology, meteorology, surface energy balance, ecology, conservation biology • Experience with MODIS, ASTER products and/or thermal remote sensing • Knowledge of machine learning, spatial statistics, and/or time series analysis • Experience with GRASS-GIS and ENVI

 Applicants who can contribute to and/or effectively work with the diversity of the UNR community are especially encouraged.

To express interest: send the following to talbright [at] (subject: “postdoc application”): a) cover letter highlighting your academic professional background/goals and outlining your research interests, b) CV, c) contacts for 3 references. Include your last name in the title of any documents you send. Consideration of interested applicants will begin 23 July and will continue until the position is filled. Please e-mail any questions.

Thomas P. Albright Assistant Professor

Laboratory for Conservation Biogeography Department of Geography & Program in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology

University of Nevada, Reno 104A (office)/209 (lab) Mackay Science Hall - Mailstop 0154 Reno, NV 89557-0154 USA

tel: +1 775-784-6673 lab: +1 775-784-6671 fax: +1 775-784-1058 e-mail:

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Division of Atmospheric Sciences Desert Research Institute Western Regional Climate Center Reno, NV 89512 775.674.7132

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