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[Met-jobs] Postdoctoral Position at the University of Washington (USA)

From Roger Brugge <r.brugge@reading.ac.uk>
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Date Tue, 24 Jan 2017 19:49:49 +0000

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Title:            Postdoctoral Research Associate, Full Time, 100% FTE
Location:     Pacific Wildland Fire Sciences Laboratory, Seattle, WA
Duration:     Initial appointment is for one year and renewable up to
three years depending on performance; beginning as early as March 1, 2017
Salary:            Commensurate with experience

We are seeking a remote sensing postdoc to lead the improvement of smoke
forecasting tools that support wildfire and  lead an effort to mine,
analyze, synthesize, and deliver remotely sensed earth observations in
various formats to personnel deployed to wildland fire incidents, health
and air quality agencies, and the public. This project is conducted
jointly by the US Forest Service (USFS) AirFire Research Team and the
University of Washington (UW), School of Environmental and Forest
Sciences. The project leads are Susan O’Neill (USFS), Sim Larkin (USFS /
UW), and Ernesto Alvarado (UW).

Work includes:
·      Identifying gaps in the current use of satellite data for
wildland fire incidents.
·      Formulating strategies for additional use of satellite data for
these incidents.
·      Integrating satellite data into the BlueSky smoke modeling
framework, particularly to improve emissions, plume rise, and model
output evaluation.
·      Identifying future opportunities as new satellite systems launch
and data come online.

The work will be conducted as part of multidisciplinary team,
integrating data from many sources and disciplines such as fire ecology,
atmospheric chemistry, fire weather, fire behavior and combustion, and
field campaigns of land and airborne measurements. The basic existing
modeling system is the BlueSky smoke modeling framework, which links
together fire activity, mapped fuel loadings, fuel consumption and
emission models, and algorithms for fire spread and vertical allocation
emissions into dispersion and atmospheric chemistry models to produce
smoke forecasts.  The successful candidate will serve as the resident
satellite data expert for the Team regarding how remotely sensed data
can be used in our existing systems, help develop new innovative
uses/applications, and facilitate delivery of remotely sensed data to
our users and customers.
The position will provide an outstanding opportunity to apply a variety
of field and analytical skills to perform original and applied research,
present the results at scientific meetings and trainings, and publish
first-author papers in peer-reviewed journals. The appointment is for
one year renewable up to three years. The salary is negotiable depending
upon experience and includes benefits and a travel budget. The initial
appointment will be for 1yr, with the 2nd year conditional on
performance. The position is located at the Pacific Wildland Fire
Sciences Laboratory in Seattle, Washington, USA and is funded by the
U.S. Forest Service and through a NASA grant.

Qualifications:
·      Ph.D. using remote sensing in atmospheric science, engineering,
or similar field
·      Knowledge of available remotely sensed products, experience
manipulating the data, and benefits/drawbacks of different approaches
and algorithms.
·      Strong quantitative skills and familiarity with statistical
techniques used in remote sensing and atmospheric sciences.
·      Experience with manipulating and analyzing large spatial datasets
·      High-level R and/or Python programming skills
·      Comfort in working in UNIX/LINUX environment
·      Data and workflow management skills
·      Strong writing and presentation skills, including a track record
of peer-reviewed publications and scientific conference presentations
·       Ability to work in a collaborative environment across many
disciplines

Application Instructions:
For information about the position, contact Dr. Susan O’Neill,
<smoneill@fs.fed.us>, <susan.m.oneill@gmail.com>, 206-732-7851
Interested individuals should send a CV, brief statement of
qualifications, and contact information for 3 references to:
Dr. Ernesto Alvarado
School of Environmental and Forest Sciences
University of Washington
Box 352100
Seattle, WA 98195
Email: <alvarado@uw.edu>
Phone: 206-616-6920

Review of applications will begin on February 1, 2016 and continue until
the position is filled.
The incumbent will have opportunities for professional development
through the University of Washington Office of Postdoctoral Affairs
(<https://grad.uw.edu/for-students-and-post-docs/post-doctoral-affairs/>).
The University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal
opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive
consideration for employment without regard to, among other things,
race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, status as protected
veterans, or status as qualified individuals with disabilities.
University of Washington faculty engage in teaching, research, and service.



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