Job: Postdoctoral Research in Coral Reef Spatial Ecology and Remote Sensing in Hawaii

Department: DGE – Global Ecology

Salary: Commensurate with experience

Location: Hilo, Hawaii

A postdoctoral research position is available for a spatial ecologist to develop and apply high spectral and spatial resolution remote sensing approaches to studies of coral reef biodiversity and condition in Hawaii.  Studies will focus on development of coral mapping in the context of reef habitat studies related to environmental stressors ranging in scale from ocean warming to coastal pollution.  Studies will focus on the use of high fidelity imaging spectrometer and high-resolution camera data taken over coral reefs on Hawaii Island by the Carnegie Airborne Observatory (

The position will be based at the Carnegie Airborne Observatory (CAO) laboratory in Hilo, Hawaii.  The successful applicant will work closely with researchers at the Carnegie Institution, NOAA, University of Hawaii and other collaborating organizations.  This position will interact with other postdoctoral researchers, students and research assistants as part of daily activities related to the project.  Responsibilities center on research and publishing in peer-reviewed journals, presentations at local to international scientific conferences, and outreach with environment professionals.

A Ph.D. in coral reef ecology, coral reef remote sensing, or equivalent is required.  Applicants with strong backgrounds in at least two of the following areas are encouraged to apply: spatial ecology, ecological remote sensing, geospatial statistics, and imaging spectroscopy.  Strong quantitative and English writing skills are important, and a working knowledge of computer programming for spatial ecological applications is essential.

Please submit a cover letter, CV, and contact information for three recommendations.