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Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Wisconsin

University of Wisconsin-Madison

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Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Wisconsin

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University of Wisconsin-Madison


Madison, Wisconsin

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The Townsend Lab in the Department of Forest & Wildlife Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has an opening for a 2-year postdoctoral position focused on using remote sensing and a network of trailcams to characterize wildlife biodiversity at regional scales, available immediately. The postdoctoral research assoicate will be funded on a NASA-funded collaboration with Drs. Ryan Pavlick and Fabian Schneider at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. This project -- called BioCube -- is supported by the NASA Biodiversity Program and is focused on developing a remote sensing framework to estimate animal diversity at the statewide scale through the combination of remote sensing data from multiple sources and trailcam data from Snapshot Wisconsin. The objective is to understand animal community variation and behavior in space and time at broad scales, using metrics from a remote sensing BioCube. This biodiversity data cube (BioCube) uses a wide range of remote sensing data including from new hyperspectral, lidar, solar-induced fluorescence, and thermal satellite missions to represent six major dimensions of biodiversity observable from space-- canopy structure, physiology, phenology, function, composition and environmental covariates.


Qualifications: PhD degree in ecology, wildlife ecology, geography, or related disciplines preferred, other disciplines acceptable with appropriate skills and demonstrated interest in wildlife ecology. Applicants familiar with remote sensing, spatial modeling, statistics, and/or data analysis with large datasets (e.g. using R or Python) will be preferred. Application Process: Position is available to start immediately in Fall 2022 or early 2023. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt and review will continue until a suitable candidate is chosen. Preference will be given to applications received by October 1, 2022. Please send the following to townsend.philip.a@gmail.com: - Statement outlining research/professional interests and academic background - Resume or CV and copies of transcripts (unofficial copies are acceptable) - Names and contact addresses of three references Interested applicants are asked to email the documents above to Dr. Phil Townsend. Please send the documents compiled together in ONE PDF named YourSurname.pdf with “BioCube Postdoc Application” in the email subject line. Please feel free to email with questions about the research; as well we will reach out to promising candidates for virtual meetings to provide greater information on the project, and to provide further instructions on applications. Questions should be directed to Dr. Phil Townsend (townsend.philip.a@gmail.com).

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