Cornell University, CALS Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Position ID:Cornell-CALS Ecology and Evolutionary Biology-POSTDOC [#19175, WDR-00027543]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Research Associate
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Area: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Appl Deadline: finished (2021/08/19, finished 2022/02/01)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed and new applications are no longer accepted. ***

Cornell University
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology 

Postdoctoral Research Associate

The Xu Lab (, Global Ecology and Modeling Lab) in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology is seeking a highly motivated postdoctoral researcher to work on non-destructively monitoring forest biomass and improving our understanding in tree ecophysiology and sustainable forestry using terrestrial lidar scanner (TLS).

Funded by USDA NIFA, the position will focus on collection, processing, and interpretation of forestry TLS data, collaborating with foresters from Cornell Cooperative Extension and staff at the Arnot Research and Teaching Forest of Cornell (

The position is expected to start in October/November of 2021.

Key responsibilities:
  • Collect TLS data in the Arnot Forest of Cornell and other local forest monitoring plots; conduct branch trimming experiments with collaborating foresters; Provide TLS field work training for undergraduate and graduate students.  
  • Process and interpret TLS data and develop workflows to optimize data quality and improve the interpretability of TLS data; Analyze individual level tree biometric data acquired from TLS
  • Communicate with collaborators in the Department of Natural Resources and Cornell Cooperative Extension; Participate in organized workshops to deliver research findings to local and regional stakeholders; Publish research findings on peer-reviewed scientific journals

  • PhD degree from relevant disciplines (ecology, forestry, geosciences, remote sensing, engineering, computer science)
  • Experience in ecological field work or equivalent.
  • Programming skills in R/Python/Julia/C or other equivalent languages
  • Ability to drive

Preferred skills:
  • Experiences with forest biometric measurements
  • Experiences with lidar and post-processing of 3D point clouds (e.g. usage of CloudCompare, Point Cloud Library, etc.)

To apply: Applicants should submit their cover letter, CV, a 1-2 page research statement including relevant background and experiences, a statement of contribution to diversity, equity and inclusion as well as the names and email or phone contacts of three professional references to:

Review of applications will begin immediately. Please contact Dr. Xiangtao Xu ( with any questions.

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Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
And anything else requested in the position description.

Further Info:
CALS Surge Facility
525 Tower Road
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853