Current Positions

Join the NTSG Team

Numerical Terradynamic Simulation Group (NTSG)
W.A. Franke College of Forestry Conservation
The University of Montana
Missoula, Montana 59812
Phone: (406) 243-4922
December 12, 2018

Apply Here

Postdoctoral research opportunity: Ecosystem applications and software development using NASA Earth satellite observations.  The Numerical Terradynamic Simulation Group (NTSG) at the University of Montana is seeking up to two postdoctoral researchers to develop new science applications that enhance capabilities for environmental monitoring of terrestrial ecosystems and water, and carbon cycle linkages. The positions will provide science support and product maintenance for a suite of NASA operational land products, including MODIS (MODerate resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer) productivity (MOD17) and evapotranspiration (MOD16) products, and the SMAP (Soil Moisture Active Passive) mission Level 4 Carbon (L4_C) product. The successful candidate(s) will work to maintain continuity and consistency in these heritage global observational data records, while also developing potential product enhancements and scientific advances incorporating next generation sensors. We seek candidates with the following skills:

  • Educational background and PhD in Ecology, Hydrology, Environmental Engineering or related field;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of satellite remote sensing fundamentals;
  • Proficiency working with satellite land parameter retrieval algorithms and higher-level eco-hydrological modeling;
  • Programming ability in C++ and Python;
  • Understanding of ISO 19115x geospatial metadata standards;  
  • Proficiency in working with large geospatial data structures involving HDF5 and multi-layer GeoTIFF formats in a Linux environment;
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct independent research and publish in the peer-reviewed scientific literature;
  • Ability to communicate and interact well with others in a large interdisciplinary research group.

The successful candidate will be employed by the University of Montana on a 12-month letter of appointment, including competitive salary, medical/dental and retirement benefits. The position is located within NTSG ( on the University of Montana campus in Missoula, MT.  Missoula is one of the most beautiful university towns in the west, offering an affordable family-friendly lifestyle and excellent outdoor recreation opportunities in the heart of the northern Rockies. Contracts are renewed annually and may continue for up to 5 years depending on funding availability and job performance. Applicants should send a CV including 3 professional references and statement of research interests and qualifications to the attention of Dr. John Kimball (  Review of applications will begin after December 30, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled.

Criminal Background Investigation is required prior to Offer of Employment: In accordance with University policy, finalists for this position will be subject to criminal background investigations.  

ADA/EOE/AA/Veteran's Preference: Qualified candidates must be able to meet minimum requirements and perform the primary functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodation. As an Equal opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, we encourage applications from minorities, Vietnam era veterans, and women. This material is available in an alternative format upon request. Qualified candidates may request veterans’ preference in accordance with state law. 

References: *References in addition to those listed on the application may be contacted without applicant's prior approval.  

Testing: Individual hiring departments at UM-M may elect to administer pre-employment tests, which are relevant to essential job functions.