UW-Madison, SILVIS Lab is offering one postdoc position focused on remote sensing and biodiversity, as part of a new USGS-funded project.

The project is a collaboration between UW-Madison (V. Radeloff, A. Pidgeon), and the Humboldt University in Berlin (P. Hostert). The goals of the project are to:

a) derive a suite of new remote sensing indices relevant for biodiversity questions from Landsat satellite data,
b) test these indices as predictors of bird biodiversity, as represented in the North American Breeding Bird Survey, and
c) make predictive maps of bird biodiversity for the conterminous U.S.


We are offering the postdoctoral position for two years, with an option for a third year. The appointment will be as a research associate. Salary is competitive and will commensurate with experience. The position is available immediately, and we seek to fill it by September 1st 2018 at the latest.

The position will be based in the SILVIS lab (http://silvis.forest.wisc.edu/) and co-supervised by V. Radeloff and A. Pidgeon. The SILVIS lab is part of the Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

UW-Madison has a long history of excellence in ecology, conservation biology, remote sensing, and geography. The university ranks consistently among the top research universities in the United States. Total student enrollment is 43,000 of which approximately 12,000 are graduate and professional students, and there are over 2000 faculty. UW-Madison is an exciting place to learn and conduct research!

The city of Madison ranks as one of the most attractive places in the U.S.to live and work. For information about campus and city, please see http://www.wisc.edu/about/


We seek candidates who work well in a collaborative setting and have excellent communication skills in English.

We welcome applications from candidates with a background in ecology, environmental science, forestry, geography, or other related disciplines. Demonstrated skills in the processing and handling of satellite imagery, large datasets, statistical modeling, and GIS are expected, as is prior experience analyzing wildlife or other biodiversity data. Applicants must have completed their Ph.D. at the time of appointment, and should have published first-authored papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals.

To apply: Please submit your application here:


Please note that submitting an application includes filling out a small survey, and takes approximately 15 minutes. It also requires contact information for three references, and to upload (in PDF format):

– a 2-page cover letter summarizing research interests and experiences
– a Curriculum Vitae
– unofficial transcripts (both undergraduate and graduate, compiled into one file)

After reviewing all applicants, we will ask for reference letters and official transcripts for shortlisted candidates.

The position is open to both U.S. citizens, and international candidates. UW-Madison will assist with visa applications as necessary once offers are made.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

Review of applicants will begin immediately, but the positions will remain open until suitable candidates are found. Applications received by March 10th 2018 are guaranteed consideration.