Postdoctoral Researcher – Snowmelt Remote Sensing – Opportunities at Syracuse University – Syracuse, NY – USA.

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  • Post Date: October 18, 2021
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Postdoctoral Researcher – Snowmelt Remote Sensing

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Job Description

The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Syracuse University seeks applicants for a Postdoctoral Researcher position in snowmelt detection using satellite remote sensing. This is a fully funded, full-time, 2-year position (1 year, renewable for an additional year). The successful applicant will work closely with team members from Syracuse University, NASA, and the Army Corps of Engineers on a NASA-funded research project that seeks improve monitoring of snowmelt dynamics via data fusion of active and passive microwave satellite observations. The position responsibilities include development and testing of the data fusion method and evaluating it in multiple environments using indicators of snowmelt, as well as preparing manuscripts for publication and presenting research at scientific conferences. Opportunities will be available to participate in snow-related field activities in the northeast U.S. The Postdoctoral Researcher will also help to mentor a graduate student who will be working on the project, and may have the opportunity to gain teaching experience.


The project is well suited to applicants with a strong background in remote sensing, snow science, hydrology, GIS, and/or climate science. Prior remote sensing research experience is required, along with strong skills in statistical data analysis and scientific programming (Python, R, Matlab, or similar). Knowledge of the cryosphere is expected. Experience with active microwave remote sensing, GIS, and/or data science and machine learning, would be considered an asset. Applicants should also have a demonstrated record of research and publication, and hold a PhD in earth and environmental science, cryosphere science, hydrology, atmospheric science, or a related field before starting this position.

Job Specific Qualifications

Not applicable


Responsibilities include: Developing statistical methods to fuse active and passive sources of satellite remote sensing observations in order to detect snowmelt events (30%); evaluating the derived snowmelt products at a handful of locations with intensive ground observations of snow properties (20%); preparing scientific manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed literature (30%); participation in and support for planned field observations of snow properties in the northeast U.S. (10%); participating in scientific conferences, communicating research to peers, attending workshops (10%); and assisting in mentoring of graduate students, where appropriate (10%).

Application Instructions

In addition to completing an online application, please attach:
1) a curriculum vitae

2) a cover letter, and
3) contact information for three references.

The cover letter (< 2 pages) should include a summary of your past research experience, your future professional and research interests, and how these will help you to contribute to this project. The cover letter should also include a brief statement about your commitment to and ability to engage with issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Applications will be evaluated as soon as they are received, and the position will remain open until filled. Full consideration will be given to applications that are received before November 15, 2021.

About Syracuse University

Syracuse University is a private, international research university with distinctive academics, diversely unique offerings and an undeniable spirit. Located in the geographic heart of New York State, with a global footprint, and nearly 150 years of history, Syracuse University offers a quintessential college experience.

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About the Syracuse area

Syracuse is a medium-sized city situated in the geographic center of New York State approximately 250 miles northwest of New York City. The metro-area population totals approximately 500,000. The area offers a low cost of living and provides many social, cultural, and recreational options, including parks, museums, festivals, professional regional theater, and premier shopping venues. Syracuse and Central New York present a wide range of seasonal recreation and attractions ranging from water skiing and snow skiing, hiking in the Adirondacks, touring the historic sites, visiting wineries along the Finger Lakes, and biking on trails along the Erie Canal.


Syracuse University is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-action institution. The University prohibits discrimination and harassment based on race, color, creed, religion, sex, gender, national origin, citizenship, ethnicity, marital status, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law to the extent prohibited by law. This nondiscrimination policy covers admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in University programs, services, and activities.

Commitment to Supporting and Hiring Veterans

Syracuse University has a long history of engaging veterans and the military-connected community through its educational programs, community outreach, and employment programs. After World War II, Syracuse University welcomed more than 10,000 returning veterans to our campus, and those veterans literally transformed Syracuse University into the national research institution it is today. The University’s contemporary commitment to veterans builds on this historical legacy, and extends to both class-leading initiatives focused on making an SU degree accessible and affordable to the post-9/11 generation of veterans, and also programs designed to position Syracuse University as the employer of choice for military veterans, members of the Guard and Reserve, and military family members.

Commitment to a Diverse and Inclusive Campus Community

Syracuse University maintains an inclusive learning environment in which students, faculty, administrators, staff, curriculum, social activities, governance, and all other aspects of campus life reflect a diverse, multi-cultural, and international worldview. The University community recognizes and values the many similarities and differences among individuals and groups. At Syracuse, we are committed to preparing students to understand, live among, appreciate, and work in an inherently diverse country and world made up of people with different ethnic and racial backgrounds, military backgrounds, religious beliefs, socio-economic status, cultural traditions, abilities, sexual orientations and gender identities. To do so, we commit ourselves to promoting a community that celebrates and models the principles of diversity and inclusivity.

Open Until Filled: Yes

Priority Consideration: 11/15/2021

Job Category: Faculty

Syracuse University is interested in candidates who have the communication skills and cross-cultural abilities to maximize their effectiveness with diverse groups of colleagues, students and community members. Women, military veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of other traditionally underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. Syracuse University is an equal opportunity employer, as well as a federal contractor required to take affirmative action on behalf of protected veterans.
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