Natural Resources Job Board

Postdoctoral Researcher: Improving and applying rangeland remote sensing NPP models

USDA ARS Jornada Experimental Range (Federal) |

Application Deadline:
Starting Date:
after 6/3/2024
Ending Date:
after 9/30/2026
Hours per Week:
starting at $72,553 per year
Education Required:
Experience Required:
Las Cruces, New Mexico
Faculty / Post-Doc Appointments
Position Summary 
The USDA ARS Jornada Experimental Range in Las Cruces, NM seeks a highly motivated postdoctoral scientist to improve the Rangeland Analysis Platform (RAP) net primary production (NPP) model and support applications of the model with stakeholders. This project will be co-developed under the supervision of Dr. Sarah McCord with our partners at the USDA Climate Hubs, Farm Services Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service, US Forest Service, and Bureau of Land Management. In addition to published papers, project outcomes include providing products to land managers and producers to assist with prioritization of grazing management and conservation practices.
The Opportunity
The postdoctoral researcher will play a critical role in advancing the use of net primary productivity information in rangeland and pasture management. The successful candidate will: 
·         Evaluate and expand the accuracy and capabilities of the current RAP NPP model and the RAP Production Explorer.
·         Engage with agricultural stakeholders to support and improve decision-making workflows that rely on the RAP NPP model.
·         Assist in improving communication regarding the use of the RAP NPP model.
·         Publish outcomes of model evaluation and application in peer-reviewed literature. 
We are seeking applicants with a PhD in ecology, environmental sciences, natural resources, geography, or related fields who have experience in remote sensing, soil-vegetation relationships, the carbon cycle, and how they vary across space and through time. Qualified candidates will also have experience coding and/or modeling (R, Python). Experience working on rangelands and with Google Earth Engine is preferred. This position is open to U.S. citizens only.
The anticipated start date summer 2024. The appointment is for 2 years, with renewal based upon performance and funding. This is a full-time appointment based at the Jornada Experimental Range in Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA. The Jornada Experimental Range is a USDA-ARS laboratory located on the New Mexico State University campus. The incumbent would therefore be expected to work closely with both USDA and University employees. 
Salary and Benefits 
 The position will be hired as a Research Associate at the GS 11 level. 
To Apply 
Applications will be reviewed as they are received. Interested individuals should submit a statement outlining your experience and research interests with respect to the requisite qualifications, a current CV, and the names and contact information of three references. For questions and to apply, contact Dr. Sarah McCord ( 
Sarah McCord (preferred contact method)