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Postdoctoral Scholar

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Department: Geological & Mining Eng & Sciences
Work Type: Staff - Full Time
Location: Main Campus (Houghton, MI)
Full Time / Part Time: Full Time
Categories: Engineering, Sciences

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

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Job Description Summary

This postdoctoral research associate will work on a new NASA-funded project to further develop and extend ultraviolet (UV) satellite-based measurements of volcanic sulfur dioxide (SO2) emissions. The postdoc will analyze SO2 measurements derived from several past and current NASA and European satellite instruments (including the Total Ozone Mapping Spectrometer [TOMS], Ozone Monitoring Instrument [OMI] and Tropospheric Monitoring Instrument [TROPOMI]), estimate volcanic SO2 emissions, and merge data from different satellite sensors to develop consistent, multi-decadal records of SO2 degassing.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities (other duties may be assigned)

The primary duty of the postdoctoral associate will be to analyze and interpret measurements of volcanic SO2 emissions using a suite of NASA and European Space Agency (ESA) satellite instruments. The postdoc will apply existing algorithms to derive volcanic SO2 emissions from satellite measurements on various timescales, analyze SO2 data provided by other project team members, develop techniques to merge measurements derived from satellites with variable spatial and spectral resolution, and interpret/apply the resulting time-series data in a
volcanological context.

Required Education, Certifications, Licensures (minimum requirements)

A PhD in volcanology, atmospheric science, remote sensing or a closely related field.

Required Experience (minimum requirements)

Previous work experience on some aspect of volcanic degassing and/or satellite measurements of trace gases.

Desirable Education and/or Experience

Experience with accessing, processing and visualizing satellite measurements of trace gases.

Previous publications in scientific journals on a related topic(s).

Required Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities (minimum requirements)

Knowledge of at least one computer programming language used for satellite data processing and visualization (e.g., Python, Matlab, IDL).

Desirable Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities

Proficiency in at least one computer programming language used for satellite data processing and visualization (e.g., Python, Matlab, IDL).

Language, Mathematics and/or Reasoning Skills


Work Environment and/or Physical Demands


Required Training and Other Conditions of Employment

Every employee at Michigan Technological University will receive the following 3 required trainings; additional training may be required by the department.

Required University Training:

  • Employee Safety Overview

  • Anti-Harassment, Discrimination, Retaliation Training

  • Annual Data Security Training 

Background Check:

Offers of employment are contingent upon and not considered finalized until the required background check has been performed and the results received and assessed.

Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) % (1=100%)


FLSA Status


Appointment Term

12 months


1st Shift

Pay Rate/Salary


Title of Position Supervisor


Posting Type

Internal & External

Dependent on Funding


Special Instructions to Applicants (if applicable)

For consideration, the applicant should submit: Resume/CV, statement of research interests and contact details for three referees.  Please contact Simon Carn at with any questions.  Review of applications will begin July 15. Approximate start date of position is January of 2021.

Additional Information


Required Education, Certifications, Licensures* (minimum requirements)

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