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Post Doc Res Assoc
University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah
Date Posted 06/16/2021
Admin-Other Administrative Positions
Employment Type FullTime
Application Deadline Open until filled

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Open Date 06/14/2021
Requisition Number PRN26511B
Job Title Post Doc Res Assoc
Working Title Post Doc Res Assoc
Job Grade A00
FLSA Code Administrative
Patient Sensitive Job Code? No
Standard Hours per Week 40
Full Time or Part Time? Full Time
Shift Day
Work Schedule Summary

To be determined

VP Area Academic Affairs
Department 00137 - Geography Department
Location Campus
City Salt Lake City, UT
Type of Recruitment External Posting
Pay Rate Range 55000 - 62000
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Job Summary

The Department of Geography at the University of Utah, in a funded collaboration with the U.S. Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station, is seeking applicants for a Postdoctoral Research Associate with expertise in Geospatial Data Science. The selected applicant will join a collaborative team of geographers, forest operations and engineering experts, and wildland fire scientists developing GIS and remote sensing-driven solutions for improving wildland firefighter safety. Wildland firefighters routinely put their lives on the line to ensure the safety of others, and this position provides an opportunity to engage in innovative scholarship that will have direct impacts on the well-being of firefighters. This is an excellent opportunity for a recent PhD graduate eager to apply and grow their skills in areas such as geospatial data science, GIS, remote sensing, big data analysis, visualization, and machine learning.

This position is funded for a minimum of two years, with potential extension to a third year depending on the availability of funding. The anticipated start date for this position is approximately August 1st, 2021, but this is flexible.

The University of Utah is a PAC-12, R-1 University situated in beautiful Salt Lake City. Salt Lake has an unparalleled combination of urban amenities and outdoor recreational opportunities. The Wasatch Mountains are located mere minutes from campus, boasting hundreds of inches of snow in the winter, and an abundance of hiking, biking, and climbing options in the summer. The Department of Geography has wide-ranging faculty expertise within and beyond the geospatial realm and is housed in one of the campus’s newest and most impressive facilities.

Depending on the status of the COVID-19 pandemic at the anticipated start date, it may be possible to begin this position remotely, but relocation to Salt Lake City is expected.


Basic Qualifications
• A PhD in Geography, GIS, remote sensing, data science, or a closely-related field by the anticipated start date;
• Extensive experience using GIS software such as Esri ArcGIS Pro;
• Extensive experience with scientific computer programming in languages such as R and Python;
• Familiarity working with large, complex datasets;

Minimum Qualifications

Additional/Preferred Qualifications
• Experience working with remote sensing data including airborne/spaceborne lidar, multispectral imagery;
• Experience designing and conducting field data collection campaigns;
• Exposure to operations research, management science, applied mathematics, and related fields;
• Prior practical, coursework, and/or research experience in wildland fire

Type Benefited Staff
Special Instructions Summary
Additional Information

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.

Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or protected veteran’s status. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, as required by Title IX and 34 CFR part 106. The requirement not to discriminate in education programs or activities extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, or both.

To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability or if you or someone you know has experienced discrimination or sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, you may contact the Director/Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action:

Director/ Title IX Coordinator
Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action (OEO/AA)
135 Park Building
Salt Lake City, UT 84112
Online reports may be submitted at
For more information:
To inquire about this posting, email: or call 801-581-2300.

The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.

Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • List of References
  • Optional Documents
  • Addendum to the University of Utah - Veteran Only - Call 801.581.2169 after submission
  • Appropriate discharge document (such as a DD-214 – Member Copy 4) – Veteran Only – Call 801.581.2169
  • Letter of Recommendation 1
  • Letter of Recommendation 2
  • Letter of Recommendation 3

  • University Human Resource Management
    250 East 200 South, Suite 125 Salt Lake City, UT 84111
    Contact us: (801) 581-2169 By Email:


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