Postdoc, PhD positions for land use change, agriculture abandonment, and the Caucasus




Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Start Date

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

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UW-Madison, SILVIS Lab: Several remote sensing Postdoc and PhD positions available to study land use change, agricultural abandonment, and the Caucasus

Overview:  Several postdoc and PhD positions are available for two NASA funded projects.  Both projects focus on land use change, and will makes extensive use of satellite data.

One project will focus on land use change, especially long-term degradation of forests and grasslands in the Caucasus Mountains, analyze large amounts of satellite data, and link the observed changes to socioeconomic factors.  The second project will focus on the development of methods to map agricultural abandonment, fallow fields and grasslands based on both Landsat and Sentinel-2 data.  Test sites will be in Eastern Europe and across the globe.

We are seeking to hire several postdocs and PhD students to contribute to these two projects.  The projects are a collaboration between UW-Madison (V. Radeloff), and partners from other universities in the U.S., Europe, and the Caucasus region.

Positions: We are offering the postdoctoral positions for two years.  The appointments will be as a research associate.  Salary is competitive and will commensurate with experience.  The positions are available immediately, and we seek to fill it by September 1st 2018 at the latest.

We are offering the PhD graduate assistantships for three years.  The appointments will be as a research assistant with a stipend of $22,427 per year plus health benefits and tuition remission.  We anticipate the PhD student to start September 1st 2018, but an earlier start date is negotiable.

The university has a long history of excellence in ecology, conservation biology, remote sensing and geography.  All positions will be based in the SILVIS lab ( and supervised by V. Radeloff.  The SILVIS lab is part of the Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  PhD students will be enrolled in the Forestry Program, the no.-1 ranked forestry PhD graduate program in the U.S.!

UW-Madison ranks consistently among the top research universities in the United States.  Total student enrollment is 43,000 of which approximately 12,000 are graduate and professional students, and there are over 2000 faculty.  UW-Madison is an exciting place to learn and conduct research!  The city of Madison ranks as one of the most attractive places in the U.S. to live and work.  For information about campus and city, please see