Post-Doctoral Geospatial Research Associate
The applicant must include the following when applying for this position:
- Curriculum VitaeOne page statement of research interests, goals and experienceCover letter that includes names and contact information for three references
The following statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified.
SCOPE OF RESPONSIBILITY:
The Post-Doctoral Geospatial Research Associate (GRA) in the College of Agriculture, Communities, and the Environment at Kentucky State University would serve as a support person for research, extension, and education activities to support geospatial, environmental, agroecosystem, soil, water, microclimate monitoring decision support programs. Under the supervision of the Faculty/Principal Investigator (PI) of the recently funded research grants. The GRA will participate in research duties in agro-informatics projects by compiling and analyzing agricultural, environmental and geospatial data to use for the development and adoption of mobile or web-based Decision Support Tools for enhancing agricultural productivity, and promoting sustainable farm management, ecosystems functions and services research. The GRA position also assists in mentoring undergraduate and graduate research to enhance environmental science, GIS and remote sensing programs. This position is valid for 2 years and can be extended subject to funding availability.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS: (ex: duties that are essential to performing the job with or without an accommodation)
• To acquire, compile, process, and analyze geospatial data (satellite imageries, LIDAR and UAV-Drones etc.) data for ecosystems assessment, land
use/cover change, microclimate studies, and watershed modeling.
• To collect microclimate, soil, water quality, and ground truth data using different instruments, sensors and GPS devices.
• To obtain technical training in use and calibration of various types of sensors and instruments related to agriculture, soil, microclimate, and remote
• To train/assist undergraduate and graduate students and other staff in GIS, Remote sensing software, Drones, use of various types of sensors for data
acquisition, processing, analysis and demonstration.
• Assist in implementation of USDA- and NSF-funded undergraduate experiential research activities.
• Perform scientific research in the areas of land use/cover change, agroecosystems, adoption of geospatial technology in agriculture, surface-mining and
reclamation impacts on environmental health microclimate, and human well-being in the Appalachian Region.
• Develop scientific papers for peer-reviewed publications and presentations for professional society meetings.
• Assist in teaching GIS, remote sensing and climate change courses.
• Perform other related duties as required by the supervisor.
• Ph.D. in Geography, Forestry, Environmental Science, Plant and Soil Science or GIScience or related area.
• Strong research and publication background and GIS and remote sensing application experiences are preferred.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, and ABILITIES:
• Basic theoretical and practical knowledge of environment, agro-informatics, climate change and variability, atmospheric science, GIS/remote sensing
website development and image processing and spatial modeling and Drone piloting experiences.
• Strong writing skills for developing peer-reviewed publications with minimal supervision.
• Ability to work cooperatively in a team effort amid unforeseeable pressure
• Initiative, creativity, punctuality, positive learning attitude, and ability to work independently are essential.
• Work involves considerable exposure to unusual elements such as extreme temperatures, dirt, dust, fumes, smoke, unpleasant odors, and/or loud
• Lab work, field visits and periodic travel are required.
• Work environment involves some exposure to hazards or physical risks, which require following basic safety precautions.