Postdoctoral scholar in ocean color and optics

Applications are being accepted for a Research Associate/Post-Doctoral position in the Department of Earth System Science and Policy (ESSP) of the University of North Dakota working with Dr. Xiaodong Zhang. The successful candidate will conduct research to understand the natural variability of angular scattering by oceanic particles and its impact on retrieving biogeochemical stocks from ocean color observations. The work may include, but is not necessarily limited to:

  • Conduct and analyze laboratory and field measurements to determine the volume scattering functions and other optical and biogeochemical parameters;
  • Examine how VSFs affect the bidirectional reflectance distribution function in ocean color;
  • Develop inversion algorithms that utilize polarization information in particle scattering;
  • Investigate if and how additional information gained from angular and polarized scattering measurement can better constrain the estimation of biogeochemical stocks from ocean color observations.


Minimum: Ph. D. degree in the field of marine science, remote sensing, or a closely related quantitative discipline. Strong programming skills.

Preferred: The successful candidate should demonstrate excellence in scholar productivity in conducting and interpreting field- and/or lab-based optical measurements, ocean color remote sensing, or inter-disciplinary science. The successful candidate is expected to make significant improvement in interpreting optical measurements collected in the field or from satellites to advance the knowledge in hydrological optics and to derive biogeochemical stocks in aquatic environment.

Start Date:

January 2018. This is full time, 12-month position. The position is for one year, but can be renewed for up to 3 years depending on performance and funding availability.


Annual salary in range of $45,000 - $50,000 is commensurate with qualifications and experience. The position also qualifies for a full benefit package.


Please apply through, by searching job# 13607 or #26798.

Applicants should submit one PDF file including their CV, brief description of research interests your qualification for the position, publication list, and contact information of three references. Interested candidates may address questions regarding the position to Dr. Xiaodong Zhang ( but applications must be submitted through the UND's Jobs link above. Review of applications will begin when application material is received.

posted: 07 December 2017     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.