Two grad assistantships for NASA-supported research

Dr. Josh Gray at North Carolina State University ( invites highly qualified
students to join an active and innovative group of researchers in the Spatial Ecosystem
Analytics Lab within NCSU’s Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources, and
Center for Geospatial Analytics. Assistance is sought with two NASA-supported research

1) Remote sensing of phenology: How are climate dynamics driving phenological change?
How does phenological change affect ecosystems? Activities include mapping land
surface phenology at regional- to global-scale, modeling climate-phenology relationships,
and assessing LSP with ground observations.

2) Water, food, and climate: How do land use changes related to food production interact
with climate dynamics to influence food and water availability? Core activities include
quantifying and mapping agricultural intensification with large archives of remotely sensed
imagery, satellite data fusion, and modeling of hydrology, climate, and food production.

Students are expected to develop research questions and a project tailored to their
interests and career goals. Positions will begin Fall 2017 and are funded for at least two
years at $25,000/year plus benefits and tuition support. Review of applications will begin
immediately and continue until the position is filled. To apply, please submit a personal
statement explaining your interest in the position (please indicate which project), your
qualifications, and research areas of interest; a CV that includes contact information for
three references; transcripts (unofficial OK); and GRE scores. Applicants should hold a
degree in Earth or environmental science, physical geography, or a closely related
discipline; preference will be given to applicants with a master’s degree. Competitive
candidates will be proficient in remote sensing, GIS, statistical analysis, computer coding
(R and Python preferred), and will have demonstrated strong oral and written
communication skills. For more information about the position, please contact Dr. Josh
Gray ([email protected]).