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Job advertisement Postdoctoral Researcher in Snowmelt Remote Sensing

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Postdoctoral Researcher in Snowmelt Remote Sensing

Postdoctoral Researcher in Snowmelt Remote Sensing


Syracuse University, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences


Syracuse, United States of America


Relevant divisions
Climate: Past, Present & Future (CL)
Cryospheric Sciences (CR)
Hydrological Sciences (HS)




Required education

Application deadline
Open until the position is filled

15 October 2021

Job description

The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Syracuse University seeks applicants for a Postdoctoral Researcher position in snowmelt detection using satellite remote sensing. This is a fully funded, full-time, 2-year position (1 year, renewable for an additional year). The successful applicant will work closely with team members from Syracuse University, NASA, and the Army Corps of Engineers on a NASA-funded research project that seeks improve monitoring of snowmelt dynamics via data fusion of active and passive microwave satellite observations. The position responsibilities include development and testing of the data fusion method and evaluating it in multiple environments using indicators of snowmelt, as well as preparing manuscripts for publication and presenting research at scientific conferences. Opportunities will be available to participate in snow-related field activities in the northeast U.S. The Postdoctoral Researcher will also help to mentor one or more graduate students who will be working on the project, and may have the opportunity to gain teaching experience.

The project is well suited to applicants with a strong background in remote sensing, snow science, hydrology, GIS, and/or climate science. Prior remote sensing research experience is required, along with strong skills in statistical data analysis and scientific programming (Python, R, Matlab, or similar). Knowledge of the cryosphere is expected. Experience with active microwave remote sensing, GIS, and/or data science and machine learning, would be considered an asset. Applicants should also have a demonstrated record of research and publication, and hold a PhD in earth and environmental science, cryosphere science, hydrology, atmospheric science, or a related field before starting this position. See for more details.

How to apply

Applicants should submit: 1) a curriculum vitae, 2) a cover letter, and 3) contact information for three references to The cover letter (< 2 pages) should include a summary of your past research experience, your future professional and research interests, and how these will help you to contribute to this project. The cover letter should also include a brief statement about your commitment to and ability to engage with issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Applications will be evaluated as soon as they are received, and the position will remain open until filled. Full consideration will be given to applications that are received before November 15, 2021.

Questions can be directed to Prof. Sam Tuttle