Post doctoral Fellow

ALES RR General

Competition No.  -    A108248731
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

This position has a term length of one year with the possibility of extension.

Department summary

Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences. The position is supervised by Dr. Jen Beverly who leads the Wildfire Analytics research team  ( in the Department of Renewable Resources – a department focused on understanding the function of forest ecosystems and landscapes with a view towards their sustainable management for a diversity of ecological, economic and social values.

Position summary

We are seeking applications for a 1-year postdoctoral researcher. The successful applicant will join an interdisciplinary team of researchers and students (Wildfire Analytics) in developing new approaches for characterizing wildfire exposure and hazard to inform community protection planning. The position will be supervised by Dr. Jen Beverly (University of Alberta). Funding for this position is $50,000 per year plus benefits commencing as early as October 2022 for a one-year term, with possibility of extension. 

We are seeking highly motivated and productive candidates that have experience processing remote sensing data over large areas, especially with respect to mapping vegetation characteristics; a strong background with digital image processing using computing software; interest in collaborating with community and agency representatives to merge remote sensing methodologies and products with qualitative and quantitative data; excellent written and oral communication skills and organizational ability; and a demonstrated track record of peer-reviewed publications commensurate with experience.


  • Acquisition of and geographic information system (GIS) manipulation of, remote sensing data
  • Fuel classification and spatial analysis of fuel composition and configuration
  • Synthesis and interpretation of results in presentations to scientific, professional and public audiences;
  • Preparation of manuscripts for submission to peer-reviewed scientific journals;
  • Regular communication and collaboration with the Principal Investigator, collaborators at
  • other universities and research institutes, and practitioners in Provincial and Federal government agencies
  • Contribute to development of research proposals
  • Mentoring graduate students and research assistants

Minimum Qualifications

The successful candidate must have a PhD in a relevant discipline (e.g., environmental sciences, forest science, physical geography, remote sensing, computer science, ecology) by the start date of the position.

  • Experience with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and spatial analysis;
  • Experience performing landscape analysis;
  • Experience using R for statistical analysis;
  • Familiarity with landcover classification methods;
  • Familiarity with spatial statistics and machine-learning algorithms;
  • Experience with, or willingness to learn, spatially-explicit models of landscape dynamics and wildfire behaviour;
  • Ability to understand and synthesize knowledge across disciplines (e.g., ecology, engineering, social science, policy);
  • Ability to maintain accurate data records and notes;
  • Ability to work independently with strong self-motivation, while also taking responsibility for supervision of assistants and being eager to work collaboratively with others; and
  • At least 1 peer-reviewed publication, with more publication experience weighted more heavily

Preferred Qualifications

  • Familiarity with wildland fire science fundamentals and modeling methods
  • Familiarity with natural hazard and risk assessment methods
  • Familiarity with landcover classification methods
  • Strong academic record and organizational skills
  • Effective communication (written and verbal)
  • Strong interpersonal skills to work in a diverse team environment effectively and efficiently
  • Excellent problem solving and analytical skills

How to Apply

Apply Online

Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. If suitable Canadian citizens or permanent residents cannot be found, other individuals will be considered. The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.