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Assistant Specialist in Earth Observation and Remote Sensing Lab

Recruitment Period

Open date: November 16th, 2020

Next review date: Wednesday, Dec 16, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Thursday, Dec 31, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


The Earth Observation and Remote Sensing Laboratory and UC Merced is seeking a full-time Assistant Specialist to work in a team environment to provide environmental engineering and environmental geospatial data analysis. This position will provide support for projects centered on satellite, airborne, drone, and field-based remote sensing of environmental processes and performance measures. Duties may include but are not limited to 1) the development of remote-sensing based environmental data products, 2) creation, documentation, and dissemination of data pipelines, 3) analysis of data products to address scientific questions related to environmental processes and performance measures, 4) maintain collaborative working relationships with University collaborators, operating agencies, and other stakeholder groups. The position may also require limited supervision and mentoring of junior staff and ability to work closely with and mentor student employees. The position will require visits to field sites and meetings with collaborators, agencies, and other stakeholders will be required. Alternate work schedule and travel may be required to meet scientific objectives of supported projects. This position is located at UC Merced.


An M.S. (at the time of appointment) in the physical sciences (physics, optics, hydrology, environmental science, etc.) or engineering (environmental, electrical, aerospace, mechanical, etc.) with a focus on remote sensing.

Technical skills include proficiency in programming for remote sensing image analysis. The ideal candidate will have experience with high-performance computing for image processing and geospatial analysis and have familiarity with UC Merced business operations, policies and procedures, including CatBuy and ServiceNow.

Interested applicants are required to submit 1) a cover letter indicating research interests and experience, 2) curriculum vitae, and 3) a list of three references with contact information including mailing address, phone number and e-mail address submitted through AP Recruit during the application process.

Salary is based on the University of California Academic Salary Scales. This is a full-time, one-year appointment with the possibility of renewal based on availability of funding, ongoing operational needs and satisfactory performance. Review of applications will begin December 16, 2020; position is open until filled with a final closing date of December 31, 2020. Starting date is negotiable but no sooner than February 18, 2021.

For more information, please contact Dr. Erin Hestir at

The University of California is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and invites applications from all qualified applicants, including women, minorities, veterans, and individual with disabilities, who will enrich the teaching, research and public service missions of the university. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy (

The University of California, Merced, is the newest of the University of California system’s 10 campuses. With 8,500 undergraduate and graduate students (, UC Merced provides outstanding educational opportunities to highly qualified students from the heart of California, the nation, and abroad. The campus has special connections to nearby Yosemite National Park; is on the cutting edge of sustainability in construction and design; and supports the economic development of Central California. The Merced 2020 Project doubled the physical capacity of the campus, and enhanced academic distinction, student success, and research excellence (


Document requirements
  • Cover Letter - Indicate research interests and experience

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)