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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Post Doctorate RA - Remote Sensing and Radiative Transfer Modeling of Terrestrial Ecosystem in COLLEGE PARK, Maryland

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 309772

Directorate: Earth & Biological Sciences

Division: Atmospheric Sciences & Global Change

Group: Joint Global Change Research Institute

Job Description

A postdoctoral position is available at the Joint Global Change Research Institute (JGCRI) of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), with a focus on remote sensing of terrestrial ecosystem with an emphasis on the Solar Induced chlorophyll Fluorescence (SIF) and land surface modeling. This work will improve radiative transfer modeling of SIF, from leaf to canopy scale, and integrate it with land surface models for use in a data assimilation framework to study the role of terrestrial ecosystems in biogeochemical and carbon cycles.

The successful candidate will be responsible and accountable for:

  • Working both independently and collaboratively with other team members at JGCRI to identify and lead modeling and synthesis research.

  • Developing and implementing SIF radiative transfer models.

  • Leading data analysis, writing scientific and technical journal publications, and presentation of results at scientific conferences such as AGU.

This position will be based at PNNL’s Joint Global Change Research Institute in College Park, Maryland and duration of the appointment is up to a three-year period, contingent upon satisfactory progress and funding availability. The preferred start date is October 2019.

When prompted to upload a résumé, please provide a single PDF file containing (1) a cover letter of 1 to 2 pages summarizing research interests and qualifications that fit the advertised position and possible start date at PNNL if selected, (2) an up-to-date CV.

Minimum Qualifications

Candidates must have received a PhD within the past five years (60 months) or within the next 8 months from an accredited college or university.

Preferred Qualifications

Candidates must have strong remote sensing (especially, vegetation radiative transfer modeling) and analysis skills. Experience with SIF is preferred. Candidates should have excellent communication skills with a strong interest in multi-disciplinary, collaborative research, and interested and capable of applying new approaches and knowledge to science problems. Good computer coding and data-analysis skills and demonstrated record of scholarly publications (peer-reviewed papers published in open literature) are required. An interest in open-source and reproducible science, and experience with Linux-based computing clusters are desirable.

A Ph.D. degree in remote sensing science, terrestrial ecology, Earth system science, environmental science, applied physics or a comparable discipline is necessary for this position.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Battelle Memorial Institute (BMI) at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and supports diversity in the workplace. All employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital or family status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. All BMI staff must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States. BMI is an E-Verify employer. Learn more at

Directorate: Earth & Biological Sciences

Job Category: Post-Graduates and Post-Docs

Group: Integrat Analys & Dec Sci Team

Opening Date: 2019-09-07

Closing Date: 2019-09-17