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Research Associate in Environmental Sciences


Research Associate in Environmental Sciences

  • R0041202
  • Charlottesville, Virginia, United States
  • Professional Research Staff
  • The University of Virginia
The Department of Environmental Sciences at the University of Virginia invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Associate. The successful candidate will lead original research in the Plant Ecology and Remote Sensing Lab, focusing on using remote sensing to study coastal forest mortality. The candidate will lead the analysis of coastal forest mortality using very-high-resolution airborne and satellite remote sensing datasets. This position is funded by a new NASA project in collaboration with team members from the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill (Tamlin Pavelsky and Chao Wang) and Duke University (Emily Bernhardt and Ryan Emanuel).

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: A Ph.D. in plant physiology, ecology, earth system science, remote sensing, or a related field is required by the appointment start date. Extensive experience in one or more advanced computer programming languages is required, including Matlab, Python, or R. Knowledge of very-high-resolution remote sensing image processing and ecophysiology of tree mortality is preferred. The successful candidate should be enthusiastic, creative, and highly motivated. Strong skills in verbal and written communication of scientific results, the ability to work both independently and collaboratively as a member of interdisciplinary teams, and the ability to organize, prioritize, and coordinate multiple tasks are required.

TO APPLY: Apply online at https://uva.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/UVAJobs by attaching the following: (1) a cover letter that describes scientific training, experience working collaboratively, and commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive scholarly environment; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) a brief research statement on past and future research work, and (4) contact information for three references.

Please note that multiple documents can be uploaded in the box .

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Review of applications will begin October 29, 2022 and continue until the position is filled, with an anticipated start date in Fall 2022 or Spring 2023. The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to employment.

This is a one-year appointment, with the potential for renewal for one additional year, given satisfactory performance and available funding.

Please direct questions regarding this position to Xi Yang at xiyang@virginia.edu .

For questions about the application process, please contact Rich Haverstrom, Faculty Search Advisor, at rkh6j@virginia.edu .

This position is eligible for health insurance through the UVA Health Plan. For more information on the benefits, see the websites for the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs ( postdoc.virginia.edu ) and University Human Resources ( hr.virginia.edu/benefits ). The successful candidate will be eligible for consultations with the UVA Dual Career Program ( dualcareer.virginia.edu ), which provides consultations for individuals relocating with spouses and partners.

COVID Vaccination Requirement and Guidelines

Please visitthe UVA COVID-19 Job Requirements and Guidelines webpageprior to applying for current information regarding vaccination requirementsandguidelines for employment at UVA.

The University of Virginia, i ncluding the UVA Health System which represents the UVA Medical Center, Schools of Medicine and Nursing, UVA Physician’s Group and the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences. We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.


Each agency within the Commonwealth of Virginia is dedicated to recruiting, supporting, and maintaining a competent and diverse work force. Equal Opportunity Employer

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