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Postdoctoral research associate

University of Colorado Boulder
Boulder, Colorado, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Sep 8, 2023

Job Summary

We invite applications for a postdoctoral research associate position at the Department of Geography, University of Colorado Boulder (CU Boulder), who will primarily work on a USDA-funded project aiming to understand the impact of climate and environmental changes on plant health. The postdoc is expected to develop new machine learning-based species distribution methods to model the impact of climatic and environmental variables, and agricultural practices on the distribution of agricultural pests and diseases.

The position can start immediately. Working remotely is possible, although the ability to work on the CU Boulder campus is preferable. The initial appointment will be for one year with the possibility of renewal for a second year contingent on satisfactory performance and fund availability.

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

The Department of Geography brings a holistic perspective to the physical and human processes that shape the world around us, and we strive to understand how people interact with, are shaped by, and in turn help shape, our world. Our teaching and research span an exceptional array of disciplines and we excel at providing field-oriented, hands-on experience. We train our students – in a friendly, well-supported environment – to be top scientists as well as citizens of the broader world to which we're all connected.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be
  • Develop innovative spatial statistics/machine learning methods and the associated geospatial software tools to understand the distribution of agricultural pests and diseases.
  • Develop manuscripts to peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings.
  • Present and communicate the findings to the communities of researchers and stakeholders.
  • Assist and develop new grant proposals on related topics to funding agencies.
  • Mentor graduate and undergraduate students.
  • Publish extensively, develop advanced technical skills, strengthen their research portfolios, and gain expertise in authoring grant proposals.
What You Should Know
The position will offer a unique postdoctoral training experience. The postdoc will be part of a transdisciplinary team from multiple institutes.

What We Can Offer

The salary range for this full-time position is $55,000-60,000 annually.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits , including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder .

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What We Require
  • Qualified applicants should have a PhD in Geography / GIScience, Statistics, Computer Science, Information Science or related discipline.
What You Will Need
  • Expertise in geographic information science, remote sensing, statistical analysis/machine learning of spatiotemporal data.
What We Would Like You to Have
  • Preferences will be given to applicants with strong quantitative backgrounds and extensive programming experiences (e.g., Python, R, C/C++) in statistics, machine learning and spatiotemporal analysis.
Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Current CV/resume
  2. A cover letter that specifically tells you how your background and experience align with the requirements, qualifications, and responsibilities of the position.
  3. A Sample of Work
    • Please combine as a single PDF

If you are selected as the finalist, your degree will be verified by the CU Boulder Campus Human Resources department using an approved online vendor. If your degree was obtained outside of the United States, please submit a translated version as an optional attachment.

During the application process you will need to enter contact information for three references. We will request letters of recommendation and additional materials, if needed, as the search progresses.

Review of applications will begin immediately and remain open until April 30, 2024.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Guofeng Cao

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