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Postdoctoral Associate AD: Remote Sensing of Agricultural Systems

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Tifton Area

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Postdoctoral Associate AD: Remote Sensing of Agricultural Systems



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Tifton Area

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Post-Doctoral Associate AD





Position Summary:

The Center for Geospatial Research at the Department of Geography and the Department of Statistics at the University of Georgia are seeking a Postdoctoral Associate to investigate relationships between plant biometrics collected in the field and plant descriptors derived from drone-based remote sensing, in cooperation with the USDA-Agricultural Research Service. The selected candidate will join a team of researchers and will collect, assemble and analyze geospatial datasets including direct field measurements and remotely-sensed observations of plot and field areas in support of long-term agroecosystem research.

Relevant/Preferred Education, Experience, Licensure, Certification in Position:

PhD degree with training in plant ecology, agronomy, geography, or related physical sciences, with specific expertise in analytical methods and techniques, including remote sensing and the processing of datasets collected directly in the field.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies :

Desired skills include familiarity with the topics below (skills can be supplemented with training):
- Field methods applied to plant science studies.
- Collection and processing of images (RGB, multispectral, hyperspectral) and LiDAR data. Processing includes, among others, data transformations, generation of vegetation and other spectral indices, generation of point clouds from images (Structure from Motion), processing of LiDAR data, and the extraction of derived metrics.
- Recent developments in using AI tools for the processing of remotely-sensed and other geospatial data.
- Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and the processing and analysis of multitemporal geospatial datasets.
- Use of Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) for high positional accuracy.
- Statistical methods for geospatial data analysis and familiarity with a statistical package.
- Experience in flying medium-lift drones equipped with remote sensors (e.g., LiDAR and/or multispectral cameras) for data collection over agricultural areas.
- Writing and presentation skills for proposal development, scholarly papers and scientific presentations.

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Offers of employment are contingent upon completion of a background investigation including, a criminal background check demonstrating your eligibility for employment with the University of Georgia; confirmation of the credentials and employment history reflected in your application materials (including reference checks) as they relate to the job-based requirements of the position applied for; and, if applicable, a satisfactory credit check. You may also be subject to a pre-employment drug test for positions with high-risk responsibilities, if applicable. Please visit the UGA Background Check website.

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For questions concerning this position or recruitment progression, please refer to the Recruitment Contact listed below.

Recruitment Contact Name:

Dr. Sergio Bernardes

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The University of Georgia, a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities, is the state’s oldest and most comprehensive institution of higher education. Founded in 1785, it is the birthplace of public higher education in America.

Today, UGA enrolls more than 40,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. The main campus has 460 buildings on 767 acres of land. The total acreage of UGA in 30 Georgia counties is 41,539. UGA has 18 colleges and schools, which include Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Arts and Sciences, Business, Ecology, Education, Engineering, Environment and Design, Family and Consumer Sciences, Forestry and Natural Resources, Graduate School, Journalism and Mass Communication, Law, Pharmacy, Public Health, Public and International Affairs, Social Work, Veterinary Medicine, and the Honors College. It offers 24 baccalaureate degrees in more than 140 fields; 33 master’s degrees in 144 fields; 8 educational specialist degrees; four doctoral degrees in 99 areas; professional degrees in law, pharmacy and veterinary medicine; and more than 170 study-abroad and exchange programs. UGA Libraries rank among the nation’s best research libraries and contain a total of 5.3 million volumes and one of nation’s largest map collections. The university has had 25 recipients of the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship, making it one of the nation’s top Rhodes producers among public universities. UGA is home of the Peabody Awards, presented annually for distinguished achievement and meritorious public service for television, podcast/radio, and digital media. It also is home of Georgia’s State Botanical Garden, state Museum of Art and State Museum of Natural History. Additionally, UGA has one of the largest and most comprehensive public service and outreach programs conducted by an American educational institution.

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