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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


FIG Foundation PhD Scholarships

The FIG Foundation will be providing scholarships of up to 4,000 euros to PhD students.
Applicants shall:
  • be studying for a PhD degree and registered solely in a surveying/geomatics academic programme that teaches    surveying in a country listed by the World Bank as a low-income, lower-middle or upper-middle income economy,
  • must have had a paper accepted by a peer reviewed international journal based on their doctoral research project; applicants should be the lead author, and the paper should be co-authored with their supervisor,
  • should not have submitted their final thesis at the application deadline.
Applications will be judged on the quality of the application and need. In the event that two excellent applications are judged to be of equal quality, applications from low-income and lower-middle income countries will be preferred. Applications are to be sent to with “FIG Foundation PhD Scholarship Application” shown in the Subject Line.

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