Postdoctoral researcher position: Carbon stock vulnerability to disturbance and climate change in terrestrial ecosystems of Canada

The Remote Sensing Lab at the School of Earth, Environment and Society, McMaster University, ON, Canada (PI Alemu Gonsamo, Assistant Professor and Canada Research Chair) is recruiting a postdoctoral fellow to map C stock vulnerability to disturbance and climate change in terrestrial ecosystems of Canada. The postdoctoral fellow will develop novel mechanisms, including deep learning algorithms, to map C stock vulnerability to individual or compound events of fire, insect and disease outbreaks, and climate extremes using historic satellite data records and C cycle models. The project will potentially involve the use of LIDAR, optical and SAR observations and ground measurements for spatially resolved mapping of soil and standing biomass carbon stock vulnerability.

The project is funded by World Wildlife Fund Canada (WWF-Canada). WWF-Canada is one of Canada's largest conservation organizations and is a member of the WWF global network, actively contributing to the protection, management, and restoration of the environment. The postdoctoral fellow will have opportunity to interact closely with the Science, Research and Innovation division of WWF-Canada office in Toronto. The postdoctoral fellow will also have opportunity to collaborate with the Canadian Forest Service.

The position is ideally suited to researchers with strong skills in regional or global remote sensing of vegetation with keen interest in C cycle processes in terrestrial ecosystems. The successful candidate will be provided with the opportunity to lead the research project, coordinate collaborations, and publish results. Funding is available for 12 months at a competitive salary that is commensurate with qualifications and experience, with the possibility of renewal. Start date is May 1, 2021 but may be flexible.

Candidates must exhibit effective written and oral communication skills, experience working in R or other computer languages, have demonstrated ability to publish peer-reviewed papers, and have a Ph.D. pending or awarded in relevant discipline. To apply, please send a letter of interest, current CV, and names and contact information of two references to Alemu Gonsamo at The application deadline is March 31, but review will start immediately and continue until the position is filled.

McMaster University is located on the traditional territories of the Haudenosaunee and Mississauga Nations and, within the lands protected by the "Dish With One Spoon" wampum agreement.

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posted: 17 March 2021     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.