Postdoc position (Univ of Oregon): Sensor networks for landslide hazard assessment and risk reduction in remote communities

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Tuesday, January 1, 2019 - 22:15

Postdoc opportunity: Sensor networks for landslide hazard assessment and risk reduction in remote communities
Position: Postdoctoral Researcher (2 years)
Postdoc advisor: Professor Josh Roering
Institution: Department of Earth Sciences, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon, USA

Shallow landslides and debris flows triggered by rainfall events give little warning and the impacts can be costly and socially disruptive.  In 2015, dozens of landslides and debris flows struck Sitka, Alaska, and the surrounding region, killing three people and destroying homes and roadways.  Recent advances in sensor network technology and our understanding of landslide triggering provide an opportunity to develop sophisticated and affordable landslide warning systems for remote settings like Sitka.

The successful candidate will lead the design, acquisition, and installation of telemetered hydrologic and motion sensors for landslide forecasting and detection in steep, mountainous terrain above Sitka. This postdoctoral position is part of a collaboration with scientists at the RAND Corporation, US Geological Survey, and University of Southern California, as well as partners in the local community (Sitka Sound Science Center) and state and local government (Alaska Division of Geological & Geophysical Surveys).  The project goals include advancing landslide warning capabilities, facilitating effective communication within at-risk communities, and developing decision support tools for regions subject to natural hazards.

We seek a postdoctoral researcher with experience and strong skills in wireless sensor design and implementation as well as experience and comfort working in rugged and remote settings.  The position will be based at the University of Oregon although 2-6 weeks per year of travel and fieldwork will be required. This position is funded by a collaborative grant through the National Science Foundation Smart and Connected Communities (SCC) program.  Funding is available for two years with the second year of support subject to successful completion of year one duties. The postdoctoral researcher will work with a diverse team and draw upon the vast suite of new sensor and data transmission technologies (e.g., LoRaWAN and RFID).  The network will be integrated with state and federal weather stations to enable sustainable operation.

To apply, please send: 1) a cover letter, 2) a curriculum vitae, 3) a one-page statement describing your research background in the context of this project, and 4) the names, institutions, and email addresses for three references, to Josh Roering (  Review of applicants will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  The successful candidate must have a PhD conferred before taking up the appointment and the appointment can begin as early as January 2019.

Joshua J. Roering, Professor
Department of Earth Sciences
University of Oregon
Eugene, OR, 97403-1272

office: 325C Cascade Hall, ph: 541-346-5574, email:, web:

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