Postdoctoral Research Associate

The National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis

Knoxville, Tennessee

Job Type Student / postdoc
Salary Details Commensurate with experience


A postdoctoral research associate position is available in the National Institute of Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. This position is funded by the US Forest Service and the postdoctoral mentors are Dr. Todd Schroeder (USFS Forest Inventory and Analysis Program todd.schroeder@usda.gov) and Dr. Monica Papeş (Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and NIMBioS mpapes@utk.edu). The project will focus on use of point cloud data from USDA NAIP imagery to improve separation of forest from non-tree vegetation and develop maps of canopy height and sparse forest cover for pinyon-juniper/oak woodlands. Possible research avenues include combining 3D structure and optical remote sensing data to develop higher resolution canopy height maps and alternative forest/nonforest maps. The maps generated will be used to improve FIA forest estimates via post-stratification and/or model-assisted estimation.


  • A Ph.D. in a pertinent field (biology, forestry, geography, or remote sensing) at the time of appointment
  • Research experience in spatial data and forest inventory data analysis
  • A strong background in spatial analyses in ESRI, QGIS, R, and/or Google Earth Engine
  • Experience in scientific publishing; ability to produce drafts of papers for publication in scientific journals; evidence of successful prior publication
  • Ability to work and communicate with a multidisciplinary and diverse team
  • Willingness to help with the preparation of additional grant proposals would be a plus



An initial appointment will be for one 18 month period, with the potential for renewal if further proposals are funded and the postdoctoral researcher makes satisfactory progress.  A start date by September 25, 2023 is preferred. Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. Send your application to salnimbios@gmail.com as a single pdf file containing your letter of interest, CV, and contact information for three references. In addition, an employment application must be submitted at: http://hr.utk.edu/recruitment.

The University of Tennessee is an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

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Category Ecology, Forestry
Tags GIS