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Post-doctoral research position: Remote Sensing and Machine Learning Analytics for sustainable agriculture

Position overview

Salary range: Full-time position
The [posted UC salary scales] set the minimum pay determined by rank and/or step at appointment. See Table 23: Postdoctoral Scholar-Employee, Postdoctoral Scholar-Fellow, Postdoctoral Scholar-Paid Direct, Fiscal Year. The salary range for this position is $[60,000]-$[72,000]. “Off-scale salaries”, i.e., a salary that is higher than the published system-wide salary at the designated rank and step, are offered when necessary to meet competitive conditions, qualifications, and experience.

Application Window

Open date: February 15, 2023

Next review date: Thursday, Nov 30, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Thursday, Nov 30, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

A post-doctoral position is available at the Remote Sensing and Ecosystem Change Lab, the University of California Davis. We are interested in working with a motivated scholar who are experienced in remote sensing and are passionate about AI/Machine learning, sustainable agriculture, and/or ecosystem dynamics. Strong quantitative background is preferred.

This position is based at the Department of Land, Air, and Water Resources, University of California, Davis. The selected candidates will also have the opportunity to collaborate statewide with scholars from multiple UC Campuses. This position’s direct supervisor will be Dr. Yufang Jin ( Within overarching project goals, the candidates will have intellectual freedom to develop and pursue the research directions they find most interesting. Mentorship will focus on helping the candidates to meet their professional development goals, whether in academia or elsewhere.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Ph.D. in in Ecology, Plant Science, Geography, Hydrology, Environmental Science, or other related natural science field by start date

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

(These qualifications must be met by the start date of the position)
● Experience in image processing of imagery from at least one remote sensing systems, such as Landsat, Sentinel, MODIS, VIIRS, Planet, hyperspectral, LiDAR, Radar, and/or UAV/drone technique
● Strong quantitative expertise, such as in applied statistics and machine learning.
● Solid programming skills such as Python, R, or Matlab
● Demonstrated ability to apply remote sensing imagery to large scale monitoring and/or modeling in agriculture or natural ecosystems
● Demonstrated excellent research capabilities required to carry out innovative and insightful research
● Strong scientific communication skills as evidenced by peer-reviewed publications, and conference presentations
● Willingness to collaborate and demonstrated ability to communicate effectively across disciplines

Preferred qualifications (other preferred, but not required, qualifications for the position)

● Familiarity with GIS, ENVI, and Google Earth Engine
● Familiarity with plant physiology or mediterranean ecosystems

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion documented in the application file will be used to evaluate applicants. Visit for guidelines about writing a statement and why one is requested.

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)
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Job location

Davis, CA