Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Remote Sensing

  • Fixed Term, Full time position until April 2022 (two years)
  • Based in Hobart, Sandy Bay Campus, Tasmania, Australia
  • Play a critical role in Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery and Linkage Projects

Within the College of Sciences and Engineering, School of Technology, Environments and Design (STED), the TerraLuma Project aims to develop tools and algorithms for environmental remote sensing applications with unmanned aircraft systems (UAS, also known as drones).

The Opportunity

The Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Remote sensing plays a key role within the TerraLuma Research Group, responsible for undertaking high quality research within the Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Project 'Ultrahigh-resolution and remote sensing for assessing biodiversity hotspots'. This role will focus on the analysis of hyperspectral UAS data for mapping of functional plant traits, developing advanced techniques for interpreting data from ultrahigh-resolution remote sensing in Australian forested ecosystems. In addition, the Postdoctoral Research Fellow will have a unique opportunity to contribute to an ARC Linkage project "Advancing remote sensing with a world-first High Altitude Pseudo Satellite (HAPS)". This project aims to develop and test a high-performance hyperspectral imaging instrument for a solar-powered, long-endurance, stratospheric UAS platform. This platform is intended to be used for multi-week missions. Hyperspectral imaging capabilities on such a platform would fill a gap in current airborne and spaceborne earth observation capabilities. We are looking for applicants who have demonstrated experience and a good research track record in hyperspectral remote sensing of vegetation.

Key Accountabilities:

  • Make an effective and sustained contribution to the University in achieving its strategic objectives and fulfilling operational responsibilities.
  • Undertake high-quality research of national and increasingly of international standing, secure external competitive and other funding, publish research findings and contribute to the successful supervision of research higher degree students, in order to meet expectations for a Level A or B.
  • Contribute to the development and maintenance of productive and effective links.

Your Application

To be successful in the role, your application will need to demonstrate;

  • A PhD or equivalent in remote sensing.
  • A good record of, and continuing commitment to, research that has achieved national recognition.
  • Experience with remote sensing software, data analytics and advanced image analysis techniques.
  • A record of contributing to building and maintaining effective and productive links.


This position is being offered at either Level A, or Level B based on qualifications, skills and experience, and will have a total remuneration package of up to $133,842 comprising base salary within the range of $71,443 to $114,395 plus 17% superannuation.

How to Apply

Applications close Friday, 27 March 2020, 11.55pm

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published: 26 February 2020     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.