The Alberta Terrestrial Imaging Centre and the Department of Geography at the University of Lethbridge are accepting applications for a postdoctoral fellow in lidar remote sensing and geosciences application development.
Theme: Geosciences / lidar remote sensing / natural resources
Duration: Up to two years
Start date: January 1st, 2014 or when the ideal candidate is found
Annual Salary: $70,000
An exceptional Postdoctoral Fellow position is available for a highly qualified individual that will join and help build a lidar research lab at the University of Lethbridge with Dr. Chris Hopkinson, our newly appointed Campus Alberta Innovates Program Research Chair in Terrestrial Ecosystems Remote Sensing (http://scholar.ulethbridge.ca/hopkinson/). This competitive position is funded through the newly established and prestigious Alberta Innovates-Technology Futures (AI-TF) Postdoctoral Fellowship Program and aligns with the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) research theme (http://www.albertatechfutures.ca/AcademicProgramsiCORE/PostdoctoralFellowshipProgram.aspx). Specific duties and research objectives will depend upon external funding opportunities and the research strengths of the candidate. However, four core research themes are being developed for which the candidate`s support in one or more areas will be critical:
1) Efficient and operational lidar workflows to support applied geoscience research; primarily in the field of flood risk mapping, forest resource assessment, and landscape classification.
2) Effective online or in-house server-based lidar data management (storage, access, processing, analysis) over large areas and in multiple locations.
3) Lidar data and sensor fusion for environmental monitoring
4) Lidar-based geoscience product uncertainty assessment
The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:
- PhD in a remote sensing, geomatics or geosciences related discipline with a specialisation in lidar research.
- Advanced GIS and remote sensing data processing skills.
- Programming or scripting skills in Python or similar environment.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English. Extensive communication at various levels in academia, government and industry are required.
- Proven ability to work in a range of environments from university laboratory to remote field locations.
- Must be capable of working in a self‐directed manner within a team environment.
- Must have excellent multi‐tasking skills to provide support and mentorship to other members of the growing lidar research lab.
- A high level of productivity for peer-reviewed journal paper publications is expected.