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Post Doctoral Research Associate - Remote Sensing of Forest Structure with 3D point clouds

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville, TN

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POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH ASSOCIATE – Remote Sensing of Forest Structure with 3D point clouds


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 (USFS) and the postdoctoral mentors are Dr. Todd Schroeder (USFS FIA Program [email protected]) and Dr. Monica Papeş (Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and NIMBioS Spatial Analysis Lab [email protected]). The project will use various sources of point cloud data (e.g., NAIP, Worldview-2, etc.) to evaluate the potential for improving canopy height maps and post-burn assessments of forest structure change in the southeastern US. Potential for using point clouds to improve the precision of FIA plot locations will also be explored. Additional research topics based on the candidate’s interest and experience using terrestrial, airborne and/or spaceborne LiDAR are also possible.


  • A Ph.D. in a pertinent field (biology, forestry, geography, computer science or remote sensing)
  • Research experience integrating 3D point clouds and forest inventory data to analyze forests  
  • A strong background in spatial analyses in ESRI, QGIS, R, python, and/or Google Earth Engine
  • Experience in scientific publishing; ability to independently write papers for 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 year, with the potential for renewal if further proposals are funded and postdoctoral researcher makes satisfactory progress.  A start date by August 15,  2022 is preferred. Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. Send your application by June 30, 2022 to [email protected] as a single pdf file containing your CV, statement of interest, and contact information for three references. In addition, an employment application must be submitted at:

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

Job: Research Professional
Primary Location: US-Tennessee-knoxville
Organization: Cas Math Bio Synthesis Center
Schedule: Full-time
Job Posting: Jun 27, 2022, 1:17:29 PM


Working at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Founded in 1794, the University of Tennessee is one of the nation’s oldest and most storied public universities. Based in Knoxville, Tennessee’s flagship land-grant institution includes the statewide Institute of Agriculture and the Space Institute in Tullahoma. The university embodies excellence in teaching, discovery, scholarship, research, creative activity, outreach, and engagement. Known as the Volunteers, we lead with a spirit of selflessness, empathy, and courage, and strive to be champions for diversity, equity, and inclusion

UT Knoxville is a Research 1 university with 11 academic colleges and more than 900 programs of study. With an enrollment of more than 30,000 students, our academic programs are repeatedly ranked top in their class. The university co-manages Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the country’s most prominent national lab, driving innovation in advanced manufacturing and materials, national security, and more. We are closely connected with our communities through outreach and extension efforts across Tennessee and through partnerships with non-profits, corporations, and industries—regionally, nationally, and around the globe.

The city of Knoxville is nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. The modern, thriving community is surrounded by gorgeous lakes and hundreds of miles of walking, hiking, and biking trails. Situated along the banks of the Tennessee River, our beautiful features an eclectic music scene, internationally recognized festivals, unique restaurants, and a robust offering of diverse cultural activities. Knoxville is located within a day’s drive of Atlanta, Nashville, Asheville, Charlotte, Louisville, Cincinnati, Memphis, Chicago, and Washington D.C.

Knoxville and the surrounding counties have a population of more than 850,000 people. The region houses many leading corporations and organizations, including Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Pilot/Flying J, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and Regal Cinemas, along with HGTV, Food Network, and other networks owned by Discovery Inc.

As a member of the UT family, you will be surrounded by top-notch faculty, staff, and students from around the world. You will be part of a diverse campus community that is passionate about changing the world and cheering for the Vols on game day.

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