Faculty Assistant for monitoring fire activity in the Amazon

The Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center (ESSIC)/UMD Faculty Assistant to contribute to research and applications for monitoring fire activity.

 

Date posted

Apr. 22, 2021 12:00 am

Application deadline

May 31, 2021 12:00 am

Organization

The Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center (ESSIC)/UMD

Location

  • United States

Job description

Faculty Assistant for monitoring fire activity in the Amazon

Department: UMD/ESSIC
Starting Salary: Commensurate with experience
Closing Date: Monday, May 31, 2021

Duties:

We seek a new Faculty Assistant to contribute to research and applications for monitoring fire activity and fire risk in the Amazon and surrounding biomes. This project is funded by the SERVIR, a joint NASA and USAID effort to support the use of satellite data in decision making, with specific emphasis on land use and land cover change in the SERVIR-Amazonia hub region.  The successful candidate will join a team of scientists at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and UC-Irvine to develop and release seasonal fire forecasts for the Amazon region and monitor day-to-day changes in fire activity. Work activities will include research and analysis of individual fire data (VIIRS active fire detections, individual fire events from the Amazon Dashboard) and underlying patterns of land cover and land tenure.  Additional responsibilities include written and oral communication of study results to hub personnel, NASA Headquarters, and regional stakeholders, including updates and analyses posted to the project web site, http://globalfiredata.org.  For regular engagement with the SERVIR hub in Cali, Colombia, and stakeholders in Brazil, Peru, and Colombia, Spanish and/or Portuguese language skills are desirable.

Qualifications:

The ideal candidate will have one or more of the following:

  • Proficiency in scientific programming and data analysis in R, Python, Julia, or a similar scripting language
  • Familiarity with remote sensing and GIS, especially as they relate to remote sensing of fire, burned area, or the analysis of land cover and land use change
  • Scientific background or professional experience in environmental conservation, international development, or project management
  • Excellent communication skills
  • A Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in a relevant field, including geography, biology, Earth science, computer science, engineering, or physics

For more details

http://essic.umd.edu/joom2/index.php/employment/3081-faculty-assistant-for-monitoring-fire-activity-in-the-amazon