Post-Doc position in large-area tropical forest biomass estimation and uncertainty assessments

Post-Doc position in large-area tropical forest biomass estimation and uncertainty assessments

Published Deadline Location
9 Oct 8 Nov Wageningen

Job description

Job description:
The Laboratory for Geo-Information at Wageningen University (NL) is offering a Post-Doc position to perform research on (1) concepts, tools and implementation for independent validation, regional calibration and use of global biomass products derived from remote sensing and (2) the use of global biomass products for assessing impacts of human-induced changes on tropical forest biomass. The work is partially linked with the ESA Biomass CCI project (cci.esa.int/biomass) and builds upon previous work at the GRS group (www.wageningenur.nl/grsbiomass) and the recently completed Globbiomass project (globbiomass.org/). The focus of the work of the post-doc is to compile and process forest biomass plot data, maintain the database, use the data for global and regional biomass map validation. Part of scientific work relates to quantifying uncertainties of biomass estimates, and develop methods to incorporate it into accuracy assessments of biomass estimates from space and how such uncertainties relate to the use of the data for national-scale monitoring and integration with national forest inventories (i.e. related to REDD+). There is room for the post-doc to develop an own research idea/project within that scope.

Resources and supervision:
The research is conducted mainly at the Laboratory for Geo-Information at Wageningen University (NL) under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Martin Herold, and in collaboration with international partners. The successful candidate is expected to engage in international exchange and meetings, engage in proposal writing and attracting research funding, and in the supervision of MSc and PhD students working on related topics. The position is for 36 months.

Specifications

Wageningen University & Research

Requirements

Requirements:
We are looking for a motivated researcher with PhD degree and related experiences in Spatial Analysis and Statistics, Remote Sensing, Forest Ecology or a related field. A background and track record of peer-reviewed publications in spatial and geostatistical modeling and statistical error analysis, and in the estimation of forest biomass is required. Experience in remote sensing, monitoring and assessment of forest aboveground biomass both from the field and from the remote sensing perspectives is very appreciated. Further assets are a good understanding of tropical forest biomass dynamics, programming skills with R or similar software, and working experience with and in developing tropical countries. The GRS group is actively seeking to increase the number of female senior researchers.

Conditions of employment

We offer:
We offer you a fulltime (38 hours per week) temporary position for a period of 3 years. Salary depends on relevant experience and knowledge.

Applications for this position should be submitted before 9 November 2018.

Employer

Wageningen University & Research

We are:
The department of Environmental Sciences of Wageningen University provides fundamental research and academic education on our living environment: nature, landscape, land usage, adaptation to climate change, water and ocean management, and the various competing claims on space. This also includes biodiversity and the sustainability of management and production. Wageningen University is part of the Wageningen University and Research Centre concern. The Laboratory of Geo-Information Science and Remote Sensing is part of the Department of Environmental Sciences. The mission of the group is to improve spatial competences for a sustainable world through research and education.

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For this position you can only apply on line

Website Centre :
www.grs.wur.nl/UK/
www.wageningenur.nl/grsbiomass

Specifications

  • Postdoc positions
  • Natural Sciences
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • Doctorate
  • 424152

Employer

Wageningen University & Research

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Droevendaalsesteeg, 6708 PB, Wageningen

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For this position you can only apply on line

Website Centre :
www.grs.wur.nl/UK/
www.wageningenur.nl/grsbiomass

Make sure to apply no later than 8 Nov 2018.