Postdoc: Must Love Kelp, Remote Sensing, & Citizen Science - Byrnes Lab at UMass Boston
paid / full-time / Los Angeles - UCLA
Posting: Jan 24, 2020 in Byrnes' Lab jobs
We are seeking a postdoctoral researcher interested in the use of remote sensing to understand the drivers of giant kelp dynamics at global scales. The Floating Forests project (http://floatingforests.org) is a NASA funded citizen science effort to map changes in kelp abundance using Landsat satellite imagery. The successful candidate will analyze this data to examine patterns and drivers of change in the abundance of giant kelp on regional to global scales. They will have the opportunity to determine the regions for the next Floating Forests campaigns based on their own interests.
Depending on the candidate’s interests, they will also have the opportunity to explore automated classification of kelp canopy using Floating Forests as training data. We are especially interested in the use of convolutional neural networks or other deep learning approaches.
The candidate should have strong quantitative skills. Candidates with backgrounds in marine science, ecology, geography, computer science, or related fields are strongly encouraged to apply.
We also strongly encourage candidates with an interest in science communication, as the postdoc will interact with citizen scientists as part of the project and be tasked with creating new outreach content.
The position is for 1 year, starting as soon as possible, with potential for renewal for a second year dependent on performance. It is based out of UCLA in Dr. Kyle Cavanaugh’s lab, but will be in collaboration with the Byrnes lab at UMB and the Dr. Alison Haupt’s lab at CSUMB as well as The Zooniverse at the Adler Planetarium. Preference will be given to applications received by 2/15/2020. Applicants should send a C.V., cover letter, and contact information for 3 references via email to Dr. Kyle Cavanaugh (email: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Apply: Applicants should send a C.V., cover letter, and contact information for 3 references via email to Dr. Kyle Cavanaugh (email: email@example.com).