Forest Resources Management Department
Faculty of Forestry

Research Associate - Landsat time series

The Department of Forest Resources Management, UBC-Vancouver campus seeks a Research Associate to undertake analysis of forest dynamics and changes in Canada’s forest ecosystems using time series of Landsat data. This research associate will be responsible for undertaking research within the Earth Observation to Inform Canada’s Climate Change Agenda (EO3C) project of the Canadian Forest Service, under the supervision of Dr. Nicholas Coops. The objective of research to be undertaken by the research associate is to generate methods for the analysis of Landsat time series data and develop mass-data processing algorithms to produce detailed datasets that convey forest dynamics across Canada’s forested ecosystems.

Responsibilities include (1) the generation of digital image processing methods for producing and analysing long time series of Canada-wide seamless image composites of reflectance and land cover maps; (2) detection and characterization of forest changes applying advanced statistical models (such as temporal trend analysis and random forests); (3) operational production and generation of updated national land cover maps; (4) report of methodologies and outcomes in peer-reviewed scientific publications and international scientific conferences.

Qualifications required

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in remote sensing, cartography forestry or related field and 5 have years’ postdoctoral research experience developing and designing computer programs to process multi-source, multi-temporal, geospatial data sets for generating maps or datasets. Candidates should have a strong publication record in a range of high quality peer-reviewed remote sensing and ecological/environmental journals and presented at international meetings and conferences. The candidate should be highly skilled in IDL / ENVI on a range of computer hardware including PC and high performance computing clusters is required. Experience in R is also necessary. The candidate must have demonstrated experience in the manipulation of large remotely sensed data sets, including Landsat reflectance and LIDAR data, in a forestry and land cover context. Experience mentoring students would be valuable. Some teaching experience, especially outside Canada, would be a benefit.

The appointment will be for two years subject to funding sources and will start September 1st, 2018.

Applications consisting of cover letter, CV and contact information of three references should be submitted on the UBC Careers page:

Application deadline is June 22, 2018.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

posted: 17 May 2018     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.