Postdoctoral Scholarship Position in Remote Sensing and Deep Learning of Energy and Water Resources

The School of Earth Sciences and the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center, at the Ohio State University, are seeking one or more researchers, at the postdoctoral or associate levels, to join an interdisciplinary team working on projects in renewable energy and water resources combing remote sensing with advanced deep learning techniques (e.g., fully convolutional neural networks). The objective will be to identify and characterize specific Earth surface features at global scales using large volumes of multiple air and spaceborne remote sensing datasets and deep learning tools, as well as detect and measure changes through time. Tasks will include development of efficient training dataset construction workflows, utilizing ground truth collected by other members of our team, analysis surface feature morphology and remotely sensed characteristics and development and applications of deep learning methods.

Qualifications: A PhD in relevant Science and Engineering fields (including but not limited to Earth Sciences, Physics, Astrophysics, Computer Science and Engineering, Geography) with demonstrated prior experience in satellite remote sensing and/or deep learning. Proficiency in Python is essential for the latter. Excellent organizational and collaborative skills are required, and strong oral and written communication skills are expected.

Job Responsibility: Expected to conduct independent, high-quality research; publish papers; and present work at national and international conferences.

Start date: As soon as possible, but no later than September 1, 2021. Initial appointments are for 12 months with the possibility of multiple annual extensions based on performance and continued funding.

Salary: Commensurate with the applicant's experience and education. In addition, Ohio State provides a comprehensive benefits package ( ).

To apply: Interested individuals should send a CV, a one-page statement of research interest, and the names and contact information of at least 3 references to Joachim Moortgat at Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position(s) are filled.

For more information: contact one of the 3 faculty on this project:

  • Professor Ian Howat (, Director of the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center, lead on remote sensing.
  • Associate Professor Joachim Moortgat (, lead on deep learning.
  • Professor Thomas Darrah (, Director of the Global Water Institute, lead on geology and geochemistry.


The School of Earth Sciences:

Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center:

Applicants will have to successfully complete a background check.

The Ohio State University is an equal opportunity employer.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, disability, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, pregnancy, protected veteran status, or any other bases under the law.

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