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Postdoctoral Appointee – Soil Mapping/Geospatial Analysis
Requisition Number: 409194 Location: Lemont, IL
Functional Area: Research and Development Division: EVS-Environmental Science
Employment Category: Temporary 6 Months or Greater Education Required: Not Indicated
Level (Grade): 700 Shift: 8:30 - 5:00
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The Environmental Science Division at Argonne National Laboratory seeks a postdoctoral researcher to join a project that conducts fundamental research to quantify and characterize the organic matter stored in soils and evaluate its potential responses to environmental change. 

In this role you will:

  • Evaluate the spatial and vertical distributions of soil carbon and nitrogen stocks in permafrost regions through geospatial analysis and modeling of observational data and environmental controllers.
  • Apply geospatial, remote sensing, statistical, and machine learning techniques to develop spatially explicit maps and assessments of soil organic matter composition across the permafrost region.
  • Team with project field/experimental scientists and collaborators to devise innovative approaches for assimilating new observations/measurements into geospatial predictions of soil organic matter distributions across the permafrost region.
  • Collect, curate, and harmonize observational data, remote sensing and other environmental datasets required for geospatial modeling and soil mapping activities.
  • Present results at scientific meetings and prepare manuscripts for submission to peer-reviewed publication.
  • Model Argonne’s core values of impact, safety, respect, integrity, and teamwork.



We expect the candidate to have:

  • Knowledge of soils, including soil forming processes, soil organic matter composition, and factors affecting soil organic matter dynamics.
  • Experience with advanced geospatial statistics/analysis techniques, digital soil mapping, and interpretation of remote sensing data.
  • Experience working with large datasets and knowledge of (or interest in) artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques and/or information theory based approaches.
  • Strong data analysis and organizational skills, and the ability to coordinate the activities of technical support personnel and undergraduate interns.
  • Strong writing and oral communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and in a team environment.
  • A recent Ph.D. in soil science, ecosystem or environmental science, biogeochemistry, remote sensing, data analytics, computational science, or a related field.

As an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer, and in accordance with our core values of impact, safety, respect, integrity and teamwork, Argonne National Laboratory is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that fosters collaborative scientific discovery and innovation. In support of this commitment, Argonne encourages minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities to apply for employment. Argonne considers all qualified applicants for employment without regard to age, ancestry, citizenship status, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

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