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Postdoctoral Research Associate - Arts & Sciences

Postdoctoral Research Associate - Arts & Sciences

location6475 Forsyth Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63105, USA
PublishedPublished: 12/8/2023
Research / Development
Full Time

Job Description

Position Summary

The postdoctoral research associate will join a collaborative, multi-institutional team to develop novel geodetic imaging techniques for improved characterization of permafrost physical processes. In particular, the researcher will use a combination of spaceborne and airborne geodetic datasets to characterize and quantify the major sources of measurement bias and uncertainty in interferometric synthetic aperture radar (InSAR), laser altimetry, and radar altimetry measurements over land surfaces underlain by permafrost. This project is funded by the NASA Surface Topography and Vegetation Decadal Survey Incubation (esto.nasa.gov/incubation/); the successful postdoctoral research associate would have the opportunity to conduct cutting-edge research and help define high-priority observables needing science requirements for the Surface Topography and Vegetation (STV) targeted observable.

Information on being a postdoc at Washington University in St. Louis can be found at https://postdoc.wustl.edu/prospective-postdocs-2/.

Primary Duties & Responsibilities

  • Processes and analyzes InSAR, Lidar, and altimetry datasets.
  • Develops software for postprocessing of derived geodetic parameters.
  • Collaborates with researchers at Colorado School of Mines on developing optimal multi-sensor fusion approaches for reducing measurement error and bias in geodetic inversions over permafrost landscapes.
  • Participates in project meetings and scientific conferences, including by giving presentations, to share the results and enhance project collaboration.
  • Prepares and submits manuscripts for peer-reviewed scientific journals.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Earth Science or a related field, such as Physics, Geophysics, Electrical Engineering, or Environmental Engineering. Completion of all degree requirements is required at the time of appointment.
  • Experience with remote sensing data processing and analysis, particularly interferometric synthetic aperture radar (InSAR).
  • Scientific programming experience.
  • Prior success in bringing research projects to the stage of publication in a peer-review scientific journal.

Salary Range

Base pay is commensurate with experience.


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Pre-Employment Screening

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Benefits Statement

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