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Post Doc Research Fellow - Aerospace/Earth System Science & Policy

University of North Dakota
Grand Forks, ND

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Position Information: Applications are being accepted for a Post-Doctoral Fellowship positions in the Department of Earth System Science and Policy (ESSP) of the University of North Dakota working with Dr. Xiaodong Zhang, beginning on December 1, 2021, or as soon as possible thereafter.

Duties & Responsibilities

The successful candidate(s) will analyze polarized scattering data collected during the field experiments towards understanding and developing remote sensing algorithms retrieving biogeochemical stocks from polarized measurements. The work may include, but is not necessarily limited to:

    Analyze field measurements of polarized scattering data, other optical data and particle characteristics;Examine the effect of particle characteristics on polarized scattering;Develop inversion algorithms that utilize polarized scattering to retrieve biogeochemical stocks in the ocean;
Required Competencies
    Strong oral and written communications skills.Programming skills in Matlab, Python, or other scientific programming languageQuantitative and analytical skills
Minimum Requirements
    Ph.D. degree or successfully defended Ph. D. dissertation in the field of marine science, remote sensing, or a related physical science discipline by the start date.Experience or education with light scattering.Successful completion of criminal history records check.
In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the US and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire. 

Preferred Qualifications
    Strong experience in ocean optics and algorithm development.
Minimum Hiring Salary$45,000 - $52,000 annually, depending on qualification

Start DateDecember 1, 2021.

To ApplyFor full consideration applications must be received by August 18, 2021.  To apply, include the following materials:

    Curriculum Vitae.Brief summary of research interests.Publication listing.Contract information for a minimum of 3 professional references.
Position is open until filled.

NOTE:  Please convert all attachments to pdf format.

Additional InformationTo find out why living and working in Greater Grand Forks is way cooler, check out Grand Forks is Cooler.

All information listed in this position announcement will be used by Human Resources, the Hiring Department, and EO/Title IX for screening, interviewing and selection purposes.

Confidentiality of Application MaterialsPursuant to NDCC 44-04-18.27, applications and any records related to the applications that identify an applicant are confidential, except records related to the finalists of the position, which are open to the public after the search committee has identified the top three finalists who will be invited to campus.

EEO StatementThe University of North Dakota is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or other protected characteristic. Women, minorities, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of other underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants are invited to provide information regarding their gender, race and/or ethnicity, veteran’s status and disability status as part of the application process. This information will remain confidential and separate from your application.

Veteran’s PreferenceVeterans claiming preference must submit all proof of eligibility by the closing date. Proof of eligibility includes a DD-214 or NGB 22 and if claiming disabled status, a current letter of disability from the VA dated within the last 12 months.

Clery StatementIn compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the University of North Dakota publishes an Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. The report includes the university’s policies, procedures, and programs concerning safety and security, as well as three years’ of crime statistics for our campus. As a prospective employee, you are entitled to a copy of this report. The report and statistical data can be found online at You may also request a paper copy of the report from the UND Police Department located at 3851 Campus Road, Grand Forks, ND, 58202.



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