Researcher in Environmental Sciences

Syracuse University

Researcher in Environmental Sciences

Posting Details

Job # 077516
Job Title Postdoctoral Researcher - Earth & Environmental Sciences
Location Syracuse, NY
Pay Range $58,500 - $70,000
FLSA Status Exempt
As determined by supervisor.
Job Type Full-time
Rank Post Doc
Campus Syracuse, NY
Unionized Position Code Not Applicable
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, 1-year position (renewable for an additional year pending availability of external funding). The successful applicant will work closely with team members from Syracuse University, NASA, and the Army Corps of Engineers on a continuing 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 postdoc will also help to mentor a graduate student 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). Experience with active microwave remote sensing, GIS, data assimilation, spatial statistics, statistical disaggregation/downscaling, 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 & environmental science, cryosphere science, environmental engineering, atmospheric science, applied mathematics, or a related field before starting this position.

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 31 January 2024.

Candidates should hold a PhD in earth & environmental science, cryosphere science, environmental engineering, atmospheric science, applied mathematics, or a related field before starting this position.
Job Specific Qualifications  
    • Developing statistical methods to fuse active and passive sources of satellite remote sensing observations in order to detect snowmelt events, including statistical disaggregation/downscaling
    • Evaluating the derived snowmelt products at a handful of locations with intensive ground observations of snow properties
    • Preparing scientific manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed literature
    • Participation in and support for planned field observations of snow properties in the northeast U.S.
    • Participating in scientific conferences, communicating research to peers, attending workshops
    • Assisting in mentoring of graduate students, where appropriate


Physical Requirements  
Application Instructions
In addition to completing an online application, please attach: 1) a curriculum vitae, 2) a cover letter, and 3) contact information for three references. The cover letter (< 2 pages) should include a summary of your past research experience, your future professional & 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 fostering a diverse & inclusive environment.
About Syracuse University
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Syracuse is a medium-sized city situated in the geographic center of New York State approximately 250 miles northwest of New York City. The metro-area population totals approximately 500,000. The area offers a low cost of living and provides many social, cultural, and recreational options, including parks, museums, festivals, professional regional theater, and premier shopping venues. Syracuse and Central New York present a wide range of seasonal recreation and attractions ranging from water skiing and snow skiing, hiking in the Adirondacks, touring the historic sites, visiting wineries along the Finger Lakes, and biking on trails along the Erie Canal.
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Job Posting Date 12/13/2023
Application Deadline  
Open Until Filled Yes
Priority Consideration 01/31/2024
Job Category Faculty
Message to Applicants  

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
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  2. Cover Letter
  3. Reference List
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