Postdoctoral Fellow in Earth Sciences at the Southern Methodist University

Southern Methodist University: Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences: Department of Earth Sciences


Dallas, TX

Open Date

Feb 07, 2023


The Department of Earth Sciences in Dedman College at Southern Methodist University invites applications for a full-time postdoctoral fellow to work on projects related to remote sensing of inland water beginning April 2023. In addition to the general topic of remote sensing of inland water, this postdoctoral fellow will specifically work collaboratively with a larger group (scientists and water resources stakeholders) on developing predictive water quality models and using data from both in situ sensor networks and from satellite remote sensing. This postdoctoral fellow will also interact with graduate and undergraduate students in the research lab to build up mentoring experience, and there is flexibility for this postdoctoral fellow to design projects or propose new research ideas.

SMU is a nationally-ranked, private, non-sectarian research institution located in one of the nation’s fastest growing metropolitan areas. Our colleagues are part of an inclusive and intellectually vibrant community of internationally recognized scholars across the humanities, social sciences, mathematical sciences, engineering, and business. SMU offers excellent benefits including full same-sex domestic partner benefits. The City of Dallas is one of the nation’s most cosmopolitan commercial and cultural centers, and the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex is the fourth largest in the US. To learn more about Dedman College and SMU, please visit, and


Educational Requirements: Ph.D. in Earth Science, Hydrology, Data Science, Computer Science, or related field required before the start date.

Required qualifications:

  • Command of the R or Python programming languages and version control.
  • Experience working with large geospatial datasets from multiple sources.
  • Experience with predictive modeling and other statistical approaches.
  • Demonstrated ability to publish in high-tier journals.
  • Commitment to diversity and inclusion efforts in the lab and the community.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Experience applying remote sensing on studying inland water quality.
  • Experience communicating with stakeholders.
  • Experience with using Google Earth Engine or High Performance Computing for remote sensing studies.

Application Instructions

The position comes with a competitive salary commensurate with experience, health insurance and conference travel included. Postdoc support is available for at least one year. Applications must be submitted electronically via Interfolio ( with the following documents: (1) a CV, (2) a cover letter describing your background, your motivation for applying to this position, your long-term career goals and any highlights of your CV, (3) a research statement (2-page max) summarizing research interests and experience, and (4) and a list of names and contact information of three professional references. To ensure full consideration for the position, the application packet must be received by February 28, 2023, but applications will be accepted and considered until the position is filled. Inquiries should be directed to Dr. Xiao Yang ( All applications will be acknowledged. SMU is an equal opportunity employer. We particularly welcome applications from minority and women scholars. 

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