Postdoctoral Research Scholar in Remote Sensing

Postdoctoral Research Scholar in Remote SensingThe School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning (SGSUP) at Arizona State University (ASU) seeks applications for a Postdoctoral Research Scholar with an anticipated start date of March 1, 2020 and preferably should be filled by June 1, 2020. The postdoctoral scholar will conduct research with Professor Amy Frazier on an NSF-sponsored award involving Near Term Forecasts of Global Plant Distribution, Community Structure, and Ecosystem Function.

Job DescriptionSGSUP is seeking to fill one Postdoctoral Research Scholar appointment that will contribute to research to improve predictions of how plant species respond to global change. The scholar will work with a team of researchers – the Institute for Biodiversity Forecasting – focused on addressing changes in species’ abundance and geographic distribution, community structure, and ecosystem function and assessing how differing conservation decisions can minimize the impacts of global change responses.

The Postdoctoral Research Scholar will help design and execute research using a combination of novel environmental information and high spatial and temporal remote sensing. The Scholar should therefore have expertise in gathering, managing, and analyzing remotely sensed data as well as a good understanding of the application of these data to ecology and ecosystem function.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • A Ph.D. in geography, environmental science, plant science, ecological remote sensing, spatial ecology, or a related field by the time of appointment.
  • Demonstrated record of scientific publication in the fields of remote sensing, ecology, or geography
  • Strong data processing and analysis skills with Python and/or R
  • Demonstrated verbal and written communication skills (in English)

Desired Qualifications:

  • Programming skills (e.g., C, Python, scripting languages, etc.)
  • Modeling and visualization skills
  • Demonstrable expertise processing high spatial and temporal resolution remote sensing datasets
  • Familiarity with QGIS, ArcGIS, ENVI and/or Google Earth Engine

Initial deadline for accepting applications is January 2, 2020. To apply, candidates must submit the following materials online at

  • A Statement of Research Interests (not to exceed 2 pages)
  • A complete Curriculum Vitae including a list of publications
  • Up to 3 related publications
  • Contact information for three references (including name, phone number and email)

This is a paperless search, and only materials submitted electronically as outlined above will be considered. Questions related to the search may be addressed to Professor Amy Frazier ( Full details at

Amy E. Frazier, PhD.
Assistant ProfessorCore Faculty, Spatial Analysis Research Center (SPARC)School of Geographical Sciences and Urban PlanningSenior Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of SustainabilityArizona State University
Recent articles with open access:Emerging trajectories for spatial pattern analysis in landscape ecology (Landscape Ecology)
Linking landscape ecology and land system architecture for land system science: an introduction to the special issue (Journal of Land Use Science)