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[Met-jobs] PhD Research Assistantship at South Dakota State University (USA)

From "Roger Brugge" <>
To "" <>
Date Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:56:01 +0000

Forwarded from CLIMLIST...


I am seeking a motivated Ph.D. student to pursue interdisciplinary
research in the field of geospatial sciences. The student will have the
opportunity to develop their own research related to one of my ongoing
research projects.

I. The NASA-funded Multiple Indicators Detecting Significant Trends
(MIDST) project seeks to answer the question: Where in the western
hemisphere is the vegetated land surface changing significantly during
the past 15+ years in response to direct human impacts? The MIDST system
will use multiple products from the following sensors: MODIS,
AMSR-E/AMSR2, AIRS/AMSU-A, MOPITT, CERES, TRMM, in conjunction with the
NASA Global Land Data Assimilation System (GLDAS). Two thematic areas
for particular emphasis on characterizing change are the megacities and
conurbations of the western hemisphere and the cerrado of Brazil.
Project team includes Dr. Xiaoyang Zhang of SDSU
(<>) and Dr.
Kirsten de Beurs of the University of Oklahoma

II. The NASA-funded interdisciplinary project "Storms, Forms, and
Complexity of the Urban Canopy" seeks to answer the question: How do
land use, settlement patterns, and the shapes of cities interact to
influence the behavior of severe storms? Of particular interest is the
modulation of land surface phenology in urbanized and urbanizing areas
and the linkages to the urban heat island effect.

Applicants should have earned master's degree in ecology, geography,
environmental science, or a closely related discipline along with a
strong conceptual background in landscape ecology, land change science,
ecological remote sensing, or other appropriate field.

Position is based at the Geospatial Sciences Center of Excellence
(GSCE), a dynamic internationally recognized research center at SDSU
located in Brookings, SD. South Dakota was recently ranked the state
with the 5th highest quality of life in the US.

The GSCE is a friendly research environment that has excellent research
infrastructure and computing support. Visit

A background in geographic information systems, experience with remote
sensing data processing and analysis, computer programming skills, and
knowledge of ENVI/IDL and the R environment are all highly desirable.

The student will pursue a Ph.D. in Geospatial Science and Engineering,
an interdisciplinary degree program at South Dakota State University.
Potential starting dates are Fall 2014 or Spring 2015. GRA stipend is
$30,000 for a 12-month 0.49 FTE position and benefits include medical

To apply for this position, send the following information in electronic
form to the address below: Curriculum Vitae, 1-page statement of
research interests, and copies of transcripts. Applications will be
reviewed as they are received.

South Dakota State University is committed to affirmative action, equal
opportunity and the diversity of its faculty, staff and students. Women
and minorities are encouraged to apply. Non-US citizens may apply.

Geoffrey M. Henebry, Ph.D., C.S.E.
Professor of Natural Resource Management Co-Director & Senior Research
Scientist Geospatial Sciences Center of Excellence (GSCE) South Dakota
State University
1021 Medary Ave., Wecota Hall 506B
Brookings, SD 57007-3510, USA

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