Postdoctoral Researcher-Arctic

Job title: Postdoctoral Researcher-Arctic


Job description: We seek a postdoctoral researcher to map landscape changes in the Arctic caused by abrupt permafrost thaw. The postdoctoral researcher will lead development of a deep learning model to identify and map retrogressive thaw slumps at high spatial resolution across key regions of the Arctic. The successful candidate will have opportunities to work closely with a team of scientists at the Woodwell Climate Research Center and collaborating institutions on related projects, including the impacts of permafrost thaw on carbon budgets, climate policy, and Arctic communities.


  • Efficiently process high-resolution remote sensing data products from multiple sources/platforms in a high-performance computing environment.
  • Lead the development of a new approach to generate maps of landscape disturbance following abrupt permafrost thaw (i.e. retrogressive thaw slumps) in the Arctic.
  • Work closely with a team of Arctic researchers to understand and communicate the implications of permafrost thaw on Arctic residents and global climate.
  • Lead manuscript preparation and publication.
  • Present results at relevant conferences and meetings.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Ph.D. (granted or expected soon) in Computer Science, Ecology, Earth System Science, Data Science, Remote Sensing, or a related discipline.
  • Data science skills including proficiency handling large data sets and applying AI/machine learning algorithms.
  • Experience with cloud-computing preferred, including software as a services (SAS) products such as Google Earth Engine, or a strong desire to learn.
  • Experience with R or Python.
  • Experience with, or eagerness to learn, the TensorFlow software library for machine learning.
  • Excellent interpersonal, teamwork, written, and verbal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated record of publication in scientific journals.
  • Ability to lead a research project.
  • Interest in Arctic system science.
  • Ability to work as a member of an established collaborative team and lead a regular discussion of project goals, objectives, and task list.

Application review will begin on November 1, 2021.

Desired Start Date: January 3, 2022

Classification and Compensation: This is a full-time, salaried, exempt position. The salary range is $65,000-68,000. This is a two-year fixed-term appointment with the potential to extend. Woodwell offers a generous benefits package and work life balance.

Location: Falmouth, Massachusetts (remote work location is feasible)

Application Instructions: To apply, please send your cover letter addressing your experience and qualifications in relation to the responsibilities of this position, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references as a single PDF to our careers portal found . Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Please type Postdoctoral Researcher-Arctic on all correspondence.

Located on a 10-acre campus near the village of Woods Hole, Woodwell Climate Research Center is a private, non-profit research center. Woodwell is a leading source of climate science that drives the urgent action needed to solve climate change. Woodwell has 70+ staff members, and is excited to welcome new employees to this work.

Woodwell is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, mental, or physical disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, familial status, veteran status, or genetic information. Woodwell is committed to providing access, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodation for all individuals in employment practices, services, programs, and activities.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Woodwell


Climate change is the greatest challenge of our lifetimes. Woodwell Climate Research Center (Woodwell) understands that the climate crisis-from causes to consequences-is inextricably linked with persistent social injustice. Effectively addressing either requires addressing both. The climate crisis demands that we bring to bear all of the knowledge, expertise, innovation, and creativity that we can collectively muster, and those who have been marginalized and disproportionately impacted must be heard.

The work Woodwell does-the questions we ask, the ways we seek answers, and the strategies we put forward-is stronger when shaped by a diversity of knowledge, perspectives, and experiences. We strive to welcome, respect, and amplify differing voices. We value individuals as they are, with all their differences in race, age, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, language, and mental and physical abilities.

Woodwell acknowledges that our organization, and the scientific community more broadly, have a long way to go in living up to these ideals. We approach the work of improving our organization with the same ambition and commitment to systemic change that we bring to addressing climate change.

We will inevitably make mistakes, but we will continue to listen, learn, and do this critical work. We understand that this work requires an ongoing commitment from each and every one of us. We are actively engaged in building and sustaining an equitable and inclusive culture within our organization, and in fostering greater diversity in climate science.


Woodwell Climate Research Center is an organization of renowned researchers who work with a worldwide network of partners to understand and combat climate change. For over 35 years, we have combined hands-on experience and policy impact to identify and support societal-scale solutions that can be put into immediate action.

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Expected salary: $65000 – 68000 per year

Location: Falmouth, MA

Job date: Sat, 09 Oct 2021 01:19:58 GMT

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