Postdoctoral Associate, Geography Vacancy In University At Buffalo

Hiring Organization / Company: University At Buffalo
Basic Salary: To Be Discussed
Employement Type: Full-Time

Job Details:

The Department of Geography at the University at Buffalo (UB) invites applications for a postdoctoral scholar position for a NASA-funded project on ecological forecasting and biodiversity. This project aims to integrate remote sensing, field observations, and environmental variables to predict and evaluate near-real-time changes in an open ecosystem: the fynbos of the Cape Floristic Region of South Africa. Novel statistical modeling and geospatial artificial intelligence (GeoAI) methods will be developed to fuse these large geographic datasets and perform ecological forecasting and anomaly detection to advance our understanding on the vegetation dynamics in the study region.

The successful candidate will join an interdisciplinary research team, and will be co-advised by the PIs, including Adam M Wilson and Yingjie Hu at the University at Buffalo, Jasper Slingsby at the University of Cape Town, and Glenn Moncrieff at the South African Environmental Observation Network. The candidate can pursue part-time independent research related to the project objectives, and will develop and enhance skills in ecological forecasting and novel computational methods. The selected postdoctoral scholar is expected to start September 15, 2021. Depending on the COVID-19 situation, the scholar can work remotely for some time period.

Key responsibilities:
  • Analyzing and fusing big geo data from a variety of sources
  • Developing statistical and GeoAI models for ecological forecasting
  • Planning and facilitating communications & meetings for team members and consultants
  • Facilitating communications with stakeholder groups
  • Project reporting
  • National and international travel will be expected following current state and federal guidance

This position is affiliated with the Department of Geography and the Department of Environment and Sustainability at the University at Buffalo (UB), a large R1 Research University on the shores of Lake Erie.

Outstanding Benefits Package
Working at UB comes with benefits that exceed salary alone. There are personal rewards including comprehensive health and retirement plan options. We also focus on creating and sustaining a healthy mix of work, personal and academic pursuit – all in an effort to support your work-life effectiveness. Visit our benefits website to learn about our benefit packages.

About UB
The University at Buffalo is SUNY’s most comprehensive public research university, and an outstanding place to work. UB amplifies ambition for faculty and staff by offering endless possibilities to achieve more. Here, people from all backgrounds and cultures challenge and inspire each other to discover, learn and succeed. Dedicated staff and engaged faculty collaborate to further knowledge and understanding, and develop tenacious graduates who are valued for their talents and their impact on global society. Visit our website to learn more about the University at Buffalo.

As an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer, the Research Foundation will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin and veteran or disability status.

Minimum Qualifications
  • Ph.D. in remote sensing, ecology, geography, engineering, or a related field
  • Ability to work both in an interdisciplinary research team and independently
  • Excellent communication and conflict resolution skills

Preferred Qualifications
  • Prior experience with bayesian statistics, ecological forecasting and big geo data
  • Prior experience with deep learning and GeoAI research

Physical Demands


Salary Range
$50,000 - $60,000

Work Hours
Hours based on full time work week.

North Campus

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Special Instructions Summary
Please include a “Contributions to Diversity Statement” which describes your past experience and future plans to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion to support UB’s goal to create a diverse workforce and enhance our ability to fulfill the mission of education, research, and public service (< 1 page). Furthermore, inclusion is a core NASA value. By fostering an atmosphere of inclusion and respect for all, we value the strengths afforded by both our commonalities and differences with an aim to fully engage and utilize talents, ideas, and perspectives. NASA is interested in increasing the diversity of race, ethnicity, gender, ability, and career stage in science teams. Please be sure to include contact information for three professional references. Please attach one recent first-author publication relevant to this position (Publication 1). Optionally, attach 1-2 additional papers as “Publication 2/Publication 3”.

Contact's Name
Adam M. Wilson

Contact's Title
Associate Professor

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Contact's Phone


Deadline for applicants
Open Until Filled

Date to be filled

Number of references required

Reference Cutoff Date

Instructions to Applicant

Job Location Information:
City: Buffalo
State: Ny
Country: Us
Location: Buffalo, Ny 14260

Date Posted: 2021-07-22
Job Listing No# : 107137

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