New Positions at GDCS

Postdoctoral Positions

Global Imaging Spectroscopy Futures

A postdoctoral research position is available for a study of global imaging spectrometer mission products and applications.  We seek a researcher with a background in imaging spectroscopy, also known as hyperspectral imaging, who can lead a study on the viability of different spectrometer-based data products and applications for use in planning a new satellite mission.  This position requires strong applied remote sensing background with specific cumulative experience in the use of hyperspectral data for land, sea or atmospheric applications.  The successful applicant will be part of a team of scientists, engineers, and program developers working on hyperspectral mission designs, data streams, and more.

The position will be funded by Arizona State University’s Center for Global Discovery and Conservation Science (ASU-GDCS) based in Tempe, AZ.  The successful candidate will be mentored by Dr. Greg Asner -- the ASU-GDCS director, as well as colleagues from the University of Arizona, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and Planet Incorporated.  Responsibilities include research into multi-sector uses of imaging spectroscopy (hyperspectral imaging), publishing in peer-reviewed journals, and team oriented activities.      
A Ph.D. in applied remote sensing is required, and a demonstrated background in hyperspectral applications will be given strong preference. Interested candidates should send a cover letter, statement of research interests that includes your accomplishments and how this position will help you achieve your career objectives, current curriculum vitae, and the names of two references (please include email addresses and phone numbers).  Review of applications will begin on November 21, 2019 and continue until position is filled.

Applications should be sent to Andrea Cottrell:

Carbon Neutral Landscapes

The Center for Global Discovery and Conservation Science (GDCS) at Arizona State University (ASU) seeks applications for a Postdoctoral Research Scholar with an anticipated start date as early as December 15, 2019 and preferably should be filled by February  1, 2020. The full-time, non-tenure-track, benefits-eligible, fiscal year (July 1 – June 30) position is for one year. Extensions may be possible contingent upon satisfactory performance, availability of resources and the needs of the university.

The postdoctoral scholar will conduct research on a USDA Forest Service-sponsored award involving carbon neutrality for the state of Hawaii.

The position will be housed at GDCS’s facility inside the Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry (IPIF) in Hilo, Hawaii. The successful candidate will work closely with researchers on a carbon neutral landscapes working group that includes: Drs Greg Asner (ASU), Christian Giardina (USDA FS), and Zhiliang Zhu (USGS).

Job Description:

GDCS is seeking to fill one Postdoctoral Research Scholar appointment that will contribute to ongoing investigations of quantitative ecology/ecosystem modeling to develop modeling approaches that support pathways to regional scale carbon neutrality throughout the Hawaiian Islands.  

Essential Duties:

  • Develop modeling approaches that support pathways to regional scale carbon neutrality throughout the Hawaiian Islands. 
  • Leadership and participation in generating peer-reviewed publications, reports, and presentations.
  • Participation in outreach with environmental management professionals.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • A Ph.D. in ecology, ecological economics, geography, sustainability science, or a related field by the time of appointment.
  • Experience with combining multiple data sources into models directly applicable to the management of environmental carbon sources and sinks.
  • Demonstrated verbal and written communication skills (in English)
  • Strong quantitative, modeling and coding skills.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Strong statistical, computer programming and spatial analysis skills
  • Experience working with diverse collaborators and in a working group environment.
  • Experience with remote sensing and modeling methods to evaluate the natural, agricultural and societal sources and sinks for atmospheric greenhouse gases.

To Apply:

To apply, please submit the following as a single PDF document: to Andrea Cottrell ( with “CARBON NEUTRAL Postdoc” as the subject line text. The file name for your PDF should be of the form _.pdf

  • A Statement of Research Interests (not to exceed 2 double-spaced pages);
  • A complete Curriculum Vitae including a list of publications and the names/email address/phone numbers of three references;

Further inquiries should be made to Professor Greg Asner (  The initial review of applications will begin December 1, 2019; if not filled, applications will be reviewed every week thereafter until the search is closed. A background check is required for employment.

Applications should be sent to Andrea Cottrell: