The Department of Geographical Sciences at University of Maryland, College Park is seeking a highly self-motivated Professional Track Faculty Specialist/Postdoctoral Researcher (non-tenure position) to support the development of innovative algorithms for wetland characterization and change monitoring using historical and contemporary optical and synthetic aperture radar images acquired from satellite and airborne platforms. The primary objective of this position is to support wetland conservation through development of software applications that implement the algorithms referenced above for operational or semi-operational uses. Therefore, high proficiency in scientific programming for geospatial data manipulation and analysis is a key requirement for this position. Demonstrated capabilities using Python or similar programming languages (R, C/C++, etc.) in the following areas are required:

– Remote sensing: machine learning, time series/trend analysis, image segmentation
– GIS: application development for vector data processing and analysis
– Integrated raster-vector data visualization and analysis
– Graphical user interface development
– Application development using ARCGIS or similar GIS/remote sensing packages (e.g., QGIS)

Applicants should have a strong working knowledge of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystem remote sensing. Technical expertise in synthetic aperture radar remote sensing and topographic modeling using DEMs, and ability to process very large datasets using cloud computing are highly desirable. Applicants should be highly self-motivated, capable of both independent research and working with a dynamic research team.

The incumbent will be a core member of an interdisciplinary team consisting of scientists from both within and outside the university. One or more travels to Alaska and/or CONUS to meet with stakeholders and/or conduct field work will be required.

Following university policies, a candidate with a master’s degree will be hired as a Faculty Specialist, whereas a candidate with a PhD degree will be hired as a Postdoctoral Researcher. Salary and benefits are highly competitive. The researcher will be located at the University of Maryland at College Park. Limited travel in support of field cal/val campaigns may also be required.

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The University of Maryland, College Park (commonly referred to as the University of Maryland, UMD, or simply Maryland) is a public research university in College Park, Maryland.[10] Founded in 1856, UMD is the flagship institution of the University System of Maryland, and is the largest university in both the state and the Washington metropolitan area, with more than 41,000 students representing all fifty states and 123 countries, and a global alumni network of over 360,000. Its twelve schools and colleges together offer over 200 degree-granting programs, including 92 undergraduate majors, 107 master’s programs, and 83 doctoral programs. UMD is a member of the Association of American Universities and competes in intercollegiate athletics as a member of the Big Ten Conference.

The University of Maryland’s proximity to the nation’s capital has resulted in many research partnerships with the federal government; faculty receive research funding and institutional support from agencies such as the National Institutes of Health, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the Food and Drug Administration, and the Department of Homeland Security. It is classified as one of 115 first tier research universities in the country by the Carnegie Foundation, and is labeled a “Public Ivy”, denoting a quality of education comparable to the private Ivy League. UMD is consistently ranked among the top 100 universities both nationally and globally by several indexes.

In 2016, the University of Maryland, College Park and the University of Maryland, Baltimore formalized their strategic partnership after their collaboration successfully created more innovative medical, scientific, and educational programs, as well as greater research grants and joint faculty appointments than either campus has been able to accomplish on its own. As of 2017, the operating budget of the University of Maryland is approximately $2.1 billion.[27][28] For the 2018 fiscal year, the university received a total of over $545 million in external research funding. In October 2017, the university received a record-breaking donation of $219.5 million from the A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation, ranking among the largest philanthropic gifts to a public university in the country.