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Northern Arizona University Postdoctoral Scholar - 605382 in Flagstaff, Arizona

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Postdoctoral Scholar

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Astronomy & Planetary Sciences

Full/Part Time


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Special Information

This postdoctoral scholar position is renewable (with annual evaluations) and would require relocation to Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona. The ideal start date would be June 1, 2021, although it is possible to adjust this date to accommodate the ideal candidate.

This position is subject to the availability of funding. The incumbent is not eligible for Service Professional non-renewal notice, or Classified Staff layoff or recall status.

Immigration Suppt/Sponsorship

NAU will not provide any U.S. immigration support or sponsorship for this position.

Job Description

The Planetary Exploration Laboratory (PI: Dr. Mark Salvatore) in the Department of Astronomy and Planetary Science at Northern Arizona University is seeking a postdoctoral scholar to work on quantitative remote sensing of the McMurdo Dry Valleys (MDV) of Antarctica. The successful candidate will become a member of a multidisciplinary research project that is investigating the relationship between geology, hydrology, and ecology in the MDV. They will work closely with collaborators at several institutions to integrate these remote sensing data into ecological models to generate habitat suitability maps throughout the MDV over a range of past, present, and future environmental and climatic conditions. The successful candidate will also engage in several other related and independent tasks, including assisting with outreach activities geared towards underrepresented and underserved populations, publishing scientific papers, presenting at national and international conferences and, if desired, submitting proposals for external funding.

The Planetary Exploration Laboratory is committed to building and sustaining an inclusive, collaborative, and supportive research group.

Minimum Qualifications

  • A PhD in remote sensing, applied spectroscopy, quantitative ecology, geographic information sciences, or related field,

Preferred Qualifications

  • A PhD with a focus on satellite data processing, analysis, and interpretation.

  • Experience in correlating surface observations with ground validation of satellite data, particularly in the field of visible/near-infrared (VNIR) spectroscopy; and

  • Experience and/or interest in correlating terrestrial and planetary remote sensing data;

  • A record of collaborative and interdisciplinary research experience; and

  • Demonstrable success in disseminating research results, including conference presentations and publications

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

  • Proficiency with relevant software, including (but not limited to) ENVI, ArcMap, and Matlab

  • Independently develop laboratory, field, and remote analyses to advance the project in the spirit of the originally proposed work

  • Lead and/or participate in defined outreach activities with local Native American communities through interactions with NAU’s American Indian Mobile Educational Resource (AIMER) Program

  • Serve as a liaison to outside collaborators to ensure the success of this project

  • Serve as a mentor to graduate and undergraduate students assisting with this project (and related projects)

  • Assist in fostering a collaborative learning and work environment for all members of NAU’s Planetary Exploration Lab (e.g., helping to organize seminar series, providing guidance to other members of the team, helping to develop standards, procedures, and protocols)

Background Information

Northern Arizona University requires satisfactory results for the following: a criminal background investigation, an employment history verification and a degree verification (in some cases) prior to employment. You may also be required to complete a fingerprint background check.

Additionally, as an employer in the state of Arizona, NAU is required to participate in the federal E-Verify program that assists employers with verifying new employees' right to work in the United States.

Finally, each year Northern Arizona University releases an Annual Security Report ( . The report is a result of a federal law known as the Clery Act. The report includes Clery reportable crime statistics for the three most recent completed calendar years and discloses procedures, practices and programs NAU uses to keep students and employees safe including how to report crimes or other emergencies occurring on campus. In addition, the Fire Safety Report ( is combined with the Annual Security Report for the NAU Flagstaff Mountain Campus and NAU-Fort Defiance as these campuses have on-campus student housing. This report discloses fire safety policies and procedures related to on-campus student housing and statistics for fires that occurred in those facilities.

If you would like a free paper copy of the report, please contact the NAUPD Records Department at (928) 523-8884 or by visiting the department at 525 E. Pine Knoll Drive in Flagstaff.


$57,000. Commensurate with experience.

**The starting salary will be determined by the qualifications of the selected applicant balanced with departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information.

FLSA Status

This position is exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and therefore will not earn overtime or compensatory time for additional time worked.


Post-Doctoral Scholars are hired on a contract basis, renewable each fiscal year for a maximum of 4 renewals (5 years) according to terms of the Arizona Board of Regents' Conditions of Post-Doctoral Service ( .

NAU offers an excellent benefit package to Post-Doctoral Scholars including generous health, dental and vision insurance; 10 days of vacation and 10 holidays per year; and tuition reduction for employees and qualified family members. New employees are eligible for benefits on the first day of the pay period following their enrollment, after their employment date. Employees will have 31 days from their start date to enroll in benefits. Participation in NAU retirement plans is not available to Post-Doctoral Scholars. More information on benefits at NAU is available at the NAU HR benefits page ( .

Learning and Development

Your career at Northern Arizona University includes the opportunity for professional development. New employee on-boarding training ( includes courses to be completed within the first 30 days. If your position includes the supervision of a benefit-eligible employee, we offer the NAU Supervisors Academy for you to complete within your first 2 years.

Application Deadline

May 30th 2021, at 11:59pm.

How to Apply

Application materials should include:

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Interest and Qualifications

  • CV

To apply for this position, please click on the "Apply" button on this page. You must submit your application by clicking on the "Submit" button by midnight of the application deadline. If you need assistance completing your application there are instructions available on the Human Resources website ( or in person in the Human Resources Department located in Building 91 on the NAU Campus - on the corner of Beaver and DuPont Streets.

If you are an individual with a disability and need reasonable accommodation to participate in the hiring process please contact the Office of Equity and Access at: 928-523-3312/TDD - 928-523-1006 or PO Box 4083, Flagstaff AZ 86011.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Northern Arizona University is a committed Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. NAU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

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NAU is an Employer of National Service. AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other National Service alumni are encouraged to apply.