Salary Range: Dependent on Experience or/and Qualifications.
The Institute for the Environment (IE) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is participating in and managing a multi-disciplinary, multi-organizational research project focused on flooding and resiliency against future storms in Eastern North Carolina. IE is seeking a Research Associate to 1) provide overall project coordination and 2) lead the unmanned aerial system (UAS) portion of the project to include developing methods, data collection, and associated landscape and watershed level data analysis.
Project coordination includes working with IE leadership to meet project goals, and involves: -Planning timelines to meet deliverables, internal team communications, and problem identification and solving. -Information/data gathering for report drafting. -Monitor project execution to ensure adherence to schedule and reporting . -Presentations, including scheduling and planning team meetings. -Exploring additional research opportunities. -Lead coordination efforts for the flooding and resilience project. -Track project progress and lead pan-project integration. -Assist with the production and review of project reports.
The UAS portion of the project includes developing UAS survey techniques for riverine flood corridors, conducting flights to assess the feasibility of UAS collected data for habitat characterizations, debris surveys (both natural and non-natural origins), and floodplain characterizations.
UAS based data collection and processing: -Develop and test UAS survey techniques for riverine flood corridors to include habitat characterizations, surveys, and data processing. -Assist project in additional watershed and flood plain mapping efforts. -Use GIS to create products related to the UAS specific portion of the project as well as for the larger effort, where appropriate.
Additional duties include, but are not limited to: -Look for opportunities to use resilience project data in unique and collective ways -Mine existing data sources in support of project science needs -Work in cooperation with graduate students employed on the project -Look for ways to engage with the larger IE staff (and UNC community where appropriate) to develop new research ideas rooted in remote sensing and imagery analysis.
Education and Experience:
Project Planning and Coordination: -Coordinate large multi-faceted and specialized project -Assist with the research and execution of project tasks -Ensure timely progress of the project through completion -Gather data as needed for reporting purposes -Collaborate with and liaison among scientists and project participants
Technical: -Experience in analyzing and interpreting remotely sensed and GPS data, on the landscape and watershed level data to understand processes, and the ability to use UAS for data collection and appropriate software for analysis. Familiarity with the Eastern North Carolina region is helpful considering the short timeline of the project
Skill in: -Geospatial Information and Technology systems and techniques -UAS mapping and processing software (e.g. Pix4d, Drone2Map Agisoft) -Holds a FAA Part 107, Airman Certificate, Remote Pilot
Communication: -Available for occasional travel related to the project -Efficient engagement of all project participants to facilitate project outcomes -Excellent communication skills, written and spoken
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.
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