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Earth & Environmental Studies Jobs, USA

Via the following link you can find a wealth of job vacancies, fellowships, PhD’s, post doc’s for the USA territory.



Open Applications for Fellowships – New Erasmus Mundus Master Course in Maritime Spatial Planning (EMMCMSP) – 1st Edition 2013/2014


Open Applications for Fellowships – New Erasmus Mundus Master Course in Maritime Spatial Planning (EMMCMSP) – 1st Edition 2013/2014
Consortium between University of Azores (Portugal), Università Iuav di Venezia (Italy) and University of Sevilla (Spain).

Erasmus Mundus Master Course on Maritime Spatial Planning (EMMCMSP) is a two-years advanced professional master program, in which three high-rated European universities participate: Università Iuav di Venezia as coordinator, University of Sevilla, University of Azores. Students will familiarize themselves with key issues involved in policies formulation and planning strategies for maritime space, to improve the management of resources from an environmental, economic, social and legal perspective within the framework of Maritime policies.

Deadline of the call for application: 3rd February 2013

For more information please visit the official website at:




World Meteorological Organization Fellowships 2013


The WMO Fellowship Programme

( is designed to assist WMO Members in least developed and developing countries, small island developing states and land-locked developing countries meet some of the education and training needs of their staff.

WMO is pleased to partner with the China Scholarship Council, Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology (China), the University of Hannover (Germany), Kyoto University (Japan), Ewha Womans University (Korea),the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the University of Reading, the United States National Weather Service and the Russian Federation to advise you of the following fellowship opportunities in 2013 (Section A).

In all cases to be considered for a WMO fellowship the applicants must meet the academic and language requirements of the host institution / country. For China and Russia, candidates who meet the academic requirements but are not selected for a WMO fellowship may be offered a fellowship from the Russian and Chinese governments. The financial support from the non-WMO fellowships is usually less than for the WMO fellowships but will allow your fellows to complete their studies.

For more information please download the respective *pdf file


Tenure-track positions at the Department of Geography and Geology at the University of North Carolina Wilmington

The Department of Geography and Geology at the University of North Carolina Wilmington invites applications for three tenure-track, assistant professor positions to begin August 2013:

  • Applied Geography/Geospatial Analysis – We seek an individual who applies geospatial techniques to geographic problems at the interface of nature and society, such as natural hazards, natural resources, coastal processes, global change studies, or urban/rural development,  (Contact: Dr. Joanne Halls [] ),
  • Landscape Dynamics/Active Tectonics – We seek an individual with expertise in the interactions between tectonics, climate, and landscape evolution using a field-based, quantitative, GIS/Remote-sensing approaches (Contact: Dr. Patricia Kelley, and
  • Marine Geology/Paleoceanography – We seek an individual who combines expertise in field-based and shipboard collection techniques with quantitative analysis of paleoenvironmental proxy records from ocean archives  (Contact: Dr. Richard Laws [] .

The successful candidates will be dynamic scientists with the potential to demonstrate excellence in teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels, to develop an externally funded research program, and to recruit and mentor graduate students.

Additional information on each position, on UNCW, and on the Department of Geography and Geology is given at

To apply, complete the online application at A letter of application, brief statements of teaching and research interests, a curriculum vitae, unofficial copies of graduate transcripts, and contact information, including e-mail addresses, for three professional references should be uploaded as MS Word or PDF files.

For questions concerning the online application process contact Ms. Cathy Morris, [], (910) 962-3736. Priority consideration will be given to applications received by January 4, 2013, but applications will be accepted until each position is filled.

UNCW actively fosters a diverse and inclusive working and learning environment and is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified men and women from all racial, ethnic, or other minority groups are strongly encouraged to apply.


Doctoral/Master Vacancies in Landscape Level Plant-Climate Interactions and Remote Sensing

Jonathan A. Greenberg is an Assistant Professor of Geography and Geographic Information Science at the School of Earth, Society, and Environment,Global Environmental Analysis and Remote Sensing (GEARS) Laboratory at Urbana, Illinois. He is specialized in Remote Sensing, Biogeography, Plant-Climate Interactions, more particularly on addressing questions of the impacts of climate change and land use/land cover change on vegetated ecosystems using remote sensing data.

Dr. Jonathan Greenberg and the Global Environmental Analysis and Remote Sensing (GEARS) Laboratory is currently inviting applications for Doctoral or Master’s work starting in Fall 2013 for students interested in one or both of the following topics:

Landscape Level Plant-Climate Interactions: Students should be interested in applying remote sensing, GIS, and modeling to the following questions at local to global scales:

  • How do plants respond to their climate at multiple scales?
  • What will be the future state of vegetated ecosystems under climate change?
  • How do non-climate factors impact the distribution of plants?

Students interested in this topic are encouraged to apply to either the Department of Geography and GIScience


and/or the Program in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology (PEEC)


A degree or background in biogeography, environmental science, ecology, and/or biology is encouraged for applicants, as well as previous experience in remote sensing and GIS.

Remote Sensing Science: Students should be interested in developing advanced remote sensing algorithms, particularly those that leverage high performance computing and machine learning algorithms. GEARS is interested
in the following general topics:

  • Computer vision techniques applied to high spatial resolution remote sensing imagery
  • Fully automated pre-processing techniques including orthorectification and atmospheric correction
  • Radiative transfer modeling and model inversion
  • Advanced techniques in hyperspectral, hyperspatial, multitemporal, thermal, and Lidar data processing

Students interested in this topic are encouraged to apply to the Department of Geography and GIScience

Previous programming experience and a background in remote sensing and GIS is highly recommended.

Prospective graduate students will be expected to develop their own research goals, and should have curiosity, motivation, and independence. Prospective students are encouraged to review the research program of Dr. Greenberg at, and email a short summary of their research interests as well as a CV to Dr. Greenberg, ( before applying to the program.

Applications to the Department of Geography and GIScience
are due *January 13*.

Applications to the Program in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology
(PEEC) are due *January 1, 2013*.

Funding will be available from a variety of sources, including fellowships, research assistantships, and teaching assistantships.



Contact Person: Dr. Jonathan Greenberg

Postdoctoral position in Remote Sensing of the Arctic Ocean

The postdoc position will be hosted by the Radar Remote Sensing group at the Department of Earth and Space Sciences, in close collaboration with the Maritime Environment group at the Department of Shipping and Marine Technology. The two research groups collaborate with oceanographers and modellers at the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI) and the University of Gothenburg.

Curiosity is the driving force behind the research at the Department of Earth and Space Sciences and our goals are to find new knowledge about space, our earth and our future energy supply. Through observations of the universe as well as earth, we make predictions about the future and promote sustainable development. To reach our goals, we develop highly sensitive measuring instruments and observational methods, as well as advanced algorithms for data analysis and theoretical models.

Shipping and Marine Technology covers a wide research field, ranging from environmental research to the development of the latest technologies for propulsion and navigation of ships. Our research aims to improve ship efficiency, marine environment, and working conditions for the ship personnel.

Information about the project

The rapid change of the Arctic region and melting of the polar ice open up for an increase in maritime activities in the Arctic region; both increased interest in shorter shipping routes between the Atlantic and the Pacific and exploration of new oil and gas fields. The expected increase in maritime activities brings an increased risk for oil spill and pollution. From an environmental perspective the Arctic region is very sensitive, much due to the low temperatures that slow down biogeochemical processes.

The aim of the project is to use archived and new satellite data to provide background information to a risk assessment study on effects and potential geographical distribution of oil pollution along prospected future shipping lanes in the Arctic and to identify future challenges. The project is funded by Chalmers Area of Advance for Transport.

Job description

The main task of the postdoc will be to compile estimates of sea ice extent, sea ice drift, ocean currents and surface wind conditions for the risk assessment. An important source of information is expected to be satellite data and satellite products. The collected data should be processed and analyzed and the resulting information should be formatted and documented for use in the risk assessment. The estimation of ocean and sea ice parameters can be done with algorithms that are available at the Department of Earth and Space Sciences. Planning of and participation in field work could become a part of the job. Methods, results and conclusions from the research are expected to be presented in scientific papers and in a report. Collaboration with researchers and Ph.D. students at both departments, as well as outside Chalmers, will be fundamental for the success of the research.

The employment is limited to a maximum of 2 years (1+1). The majority of the working time will be devoted to research, but there is also a possibility to take part in teaching or supervision of M.Sc thesis students and Ph.D. students.


The applicant should have Ph.D. degree in remote sensing, oceanography, environmental science, physical geography, electrical engineering or related disciplines by the start of the appointment. The Ph.D. degree should normally not be older than 3 years. A successful candidate should have a solid background in mathematics and physics. Applicants with experience in remote sensing and good programming skills will be preferred. Experience from research on sea-ice, sea surface winds, ocean currents or other topics closely related to the focus of the project is an advantage, but not required.

Fluency in English, both written and verbal is a must, as well as good collaboration and communication skills. The research will require a person that is motivated, has the ability to drive the work forward and is able to perform well both in a group and in individual work.

Application procedure

The application should be marked with Ref 20120285 and written in English. The application should be sent electronically and be attached as pdf-files, as below:

  1. Application: (Please name the uploaded document in ReachMee as: APPLICATION, family name, ref. number)
    – CV, including list of publications,
    – two reference persons who can be contacted by Chalmers (describe association with them and give their contact addresses),
    – attested copies of education certificates, including grade reports and other documents.
  2. A letter of application detailing your specific qualifications for the position, (named: QUALIFICATIONS, family name, ref. number)
    – maximum one A4 page
  3. Research description: (named: RESEARCH PLANS, family name, ref. number)
    – 2-3 pages describing accomplished research and the plans for future research

Please use the button at the foot of the page to reach the application form. The files may be compressed (zipped).

Application deadline: 2012-10-31

For questions, please contact:

Associate Professor, Leif Eriksson, Radar Remote Sensing Group, Department of Earth and Space Sciences,, Tel. +46-31-7724856

For information on the Maritime Environment Group at the Department of Shipping and Marine Technology, please contact Professor Karin Andersson,,  Tel. +46-31-7722152



Post-Doctoral Research Fellow Position – Statistical Hydro-Climatology

The Water & Environmental Engineering Program (WEE) at Masdar Institute of Science and Technology invites applications for a Post-doctoral Research Fellow in the field of Statistics. The successful applicant will conduct research as part of joint research project between Masdar Institute (MI) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The work will be carried out in the Earth Observation and Hydro-climatology lab under the supervision of Prof. Taha BMJ Ouarda.

The project aims to study large amounts of time-series data of various hydro-climatic variables to be able to identify trends/patterns in time series data and relations between the variables. The aim is to develop efficient non-linear multivariate statistical models for global and regional assessment, and forecasting different hydro-climatic variables.

About Masdar Institute:

Masdar Institute ( is the world’s first graduate-level university dedicated to providing real-world solutions to issues of sustainability. The Institute’s goal is to become a world-class research-driven graduate-level university, focusing on advanced energy and sustainable technologies. The Institute, which was created in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), integrates theory and practice to incubate a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship, working to develop the critical thinkers and leaders of tomorrow. Masdar Institute is situated in Masdar City (, an emerging global clean-technology cluster that aims to be one of the world’s most sustainable urban developments, powered by renewable energy and providing students and researchers with a unique opportunity to live and learn in a true “living laboratory” environment.


PhD in statistics or applied statistics but other disciplines that include a rigorous training in statistics will be considered. Practical experience in statistical modeling and/or data mining would be an asset. Experience with using Bayesian methods is desired. The candidate is expected to have excellent communication skills and a good knowledge of the English language. Proficiency in programming competency with software such as Matlab and/or R is a must. The successful candidate is expected to have demonstrated excellence in research and scholarship as reflected in peer-reviewed publications.


The compensation package for this position is very competitive with annual tax-exempt net salary ranging between US$ 70k and US$ 85k. Additional benefits include: annual two-way airfare to home country, one-time moving allowance, free comprehensive international medical coverage and other components.


The application package should include:

  • A cover letter summarizing experience and motivation for this position.
  • Curriculum Vitae including a list of publications if any.
  • A list of 2-3 potential referees.

Applications should be submitted by email to Dr. Prashanth Marpu ( Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. The candidate is expected to start at the earliest possible date. While we thank all applicants for their interest, only those under consideration will be contacted for a follow-up interview.


Research Assistant/Associate, GIS & Remote Sensing: Tropical Land Use/Land Cover Change

The Amazon Environmental Research Institute International Program (IPAM-IP) is a non-profit organization that conducts research, policy analysis, and capacity‐building in support of low-emission rural development and natural resource conservation in the developing world. With offices in San Francisco, IPAM-IP acts as the international arm of the Instituto de Pesquisa Ambiental da Amazônia (IPAM), a non-governmental organization headquartered in Brazil with a seventeen year history of ecological research and sustainable development initiatives in the Amazon. For more information on IPAM International Program, please visit:

Summary: IPAM-IP seeks a research assistant/associate to assist with geospatial analysis and modeling, including processing remotely sensed imagery, for research projects focused on (1) mapping and monitoring of land-use in the tropics, incorporating spatial and other data, and (2) mapping, monitoring, and modeling for policy analysis in the tropics, from local to global scales. The position requires advanced experience obtaining and processing a broad range of geospatial data, using a variety of software and geospatial tools and approaches, and the ability to manipulate large datasets and manage databases. The successful candidate will be highly motivated, show initiative, have the ability to work both independently and as part of a team, and possess the ability to continuously learn new technical skills as needed.

Responsibilities: The successful candidate will:

  • Support the “Agricultural Commodity Roundtables and REDD+” program and related projects;
  • Organize and manage extensive spatial databases, and support and lead efforts to map land use and land use change;
  • Prepare data for and carry out a variety of spatial analyses in collaboration with staff scientists;
  • Acquire and process geospatial datasets from multiple sources, including pre-processing and and analyzing satellite imagery (from multiple sources, but especially Landsat and MODIS sensors);
  • Manage and administer licenses and license and data server;
  • Assist in developing and writing proposals, manuscripts, presentations, etc.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • B.A./B.S. or M.S. in Geographical Information Systems (GIS), or alternative qualifications in applied GIS with a degree in environmental studies, or other relevant subject;
  • Experience in processing multi-sensor imagery for mapping applications;
  • Experience with standard GIS and digital image processing software packages (e.g., ArcGIS, Erdas, Imagine, Idrisi, ENVI/IDL, ECognition and/or open source alternatives);
  • Experience in developing geospatial models (including dynamic modeling);
  • Experience with geospatial script writing (e.g., Python, R, C/C++, Java, etc.);
  • Experience in performing GIS tasks in a multiple operating systems (Windows/Linux/Mac);
  • Programming experience to automate tasks highly desirable;
  • Work well in a collaborative setting and have excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • Excellent written and spoken English a must;
  • Written and spoken language skills in Portuguese, Spanish, French, and/or Indonesian a plus;
  • IT skills/experience a plus;
  • Experience working in an international environment a plus;

Application deadline: October 15, 2012

Desired start date: ASAP

Compensation, Appointment, Location: This is a full-time appointment. The assistant will be based in San Francisco with some travel, as necessary. Compensation commensurate with experience.

Application Instructions: Please send cover letter referencing Job# 3302FHCS, curriculum vitae, and contact information for 3 references to Please reference Job# 3302FHCS,in the subject line of the email.


Project Leader (Post-Doc level) Remote Sensing of Vegetation

Project Leader in Remote Sensing and Ecophysiology (m/f)

(ref: EVA-260312-PLREMSENS)

Duties and responsibilities:

The selected candidate will lead a research team focusing on the understanding of the physiological mechanisms underlying plant mediated exchange processes.

A specific emphasis is set on related scale dependency processes from leave to ecosystem levels. The selected candidate has expertise in remote sensing (especially fluorescence, hyperspectral and/or thermal techniques) as well as in gas-exchange and flux measurements to scale and quantify the spatio-temporal variations of plant mediated exchange processes. She/he will work at the interface between plant ecophysiology and remote sensing.

The selected candidate will have to develop and maintain a nationally and internationally recognized innovative and interdisciplinary research program. The research activity must be balanced between basic and applied research and must attract external funding (e.g. FP7, ESA).

The selected candidate will exploit the potential for interdisciplinary research to improve our understanding of ecosystem processes at different scales, both through in-house competencies in remote sensing, hydrology, climatology, biology, agronomy and pedology, as well as through external partner institutions.

Providing leadership to direct research and mentoring graduate students is essential.


  • PhD in geosciences, biological sciences, physical geography, ecology, or environmental sciences with a specialisation in remote sensing and ecophysiology.
  • Knowledge in plant and canopy functioning, canopy-atmosphere exchange processes, measurement of fluxes, remote sensing of land surface processes.
  • Knowledge in (hyperspectral) thermal remote sensing would be considered as an advantage.
  • Experience with common digital image processing and GIS software (ESRI ArcGIS, Erdas/Imagine, IDL/ENVI) is required.
  • 3-5 years of experience in a similar position in a R&D environment (public or private), with proven organizational skills and experience with fund-raising in national and/or European R&D funding.
  • The candidate must have a record of publications in peer reviewed scientific journals.
  • Applicants must demonstrate good skills in oral communication, an aptitude for grant writing, project management, team leadership in an interdisciplinary research group, and an interest to work on intra- and interdepartmental multidisciplinary projects.
  • Good organizational skills and the ability to work productively in a team environment are essential attributes.
  • International experience and interest are required.
  • The candidate must be fluent in English (scientific exchange) and have a good knowledge of French (administrative language) or German.


For applying, the candidates should provide the following documents:

  • a letter of motivation,
  • a curriculum vitae including a list of research support and publications,
  • the names and addresses of three references,
  • a report:
    • detailing the past and current research activities, the technologies applied, the results obtained,
    • outlining the research visions for the group in relation with the scientific evolution of the domain and the societal needs,
    • documenting the managerial experience (acquisition of new projects, administrative management of projects, leadership of a research team).


Candidates who are interested in the above position should send their application (with the above reference) by e-mail to (format: .doc or .pdf).

Instructor, Geomatics Engineering Technology Job Vacancy at BCIT

Company: BCIT
Position: Instructor, Geomatics Engineering Technology
Location: Burnaby, BC
Contact Name: HR Assistance
Deadline: October 28, 2012

Job Description

BCIT’s Geomatics Engineering Technology Department requires a regular (permanent), full-time Instructor to teach a variety of Geomatics courses.

The suitable candidate should have strong communication skills in English and be committed to developing and presenting course material to prepare students for their careers.  This position primarily involves teaching into the Geomatics Bachelor of Technology and Diploma programs.

Job Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor Degree and / or Professional Land Surveyor
  • Minimum of 5 – 10 years of industry experience in several of the areas listed below:
    • Practical field surveying methodologies using GPS, total stations, data collection systems.
    • Field survey project management.
    • Deformation monitoring survey experience.
    • Engineering survey experience.
    • Cadastral surveying experience
    • Survey adjustment routines including least squares and least squares analysis.
    • CAD and Engineering software (Autodesk products, GEOLAB, Leica Geo Office).
  • Teaching experience at the college / university level
  • Ability to demonstrate extensive current knowledge of surveying and engineering practices relating to both field and office work
  • A commitment to continued professional development

Other Information

Start Date: January 2, 2013

Competition Number: 12SF285

Closing Date: October 28, 2012

To apply online visit:

3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC
V5G 3H2


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