Post-Doc in Remote Sensing, at KOPRI (Korea Polar Research Institute)

Location: Incheon, The Republic of Korea (South Korea)

Start date:  Available immediately (start date negotiable)

Title: Postdoctoral Scholar

Appointment term:  Initially 1 year, annually renewable for up to 4 total years upon performance review and availability of funds

Salary:  From $47,000 (57,000,000 KRW) a year, depending on qualifications and experience. Insurance and retirement allowance are included.

The Korea Polar Research Institute (KOPRI, is looking for a highly motivated a postdoctoral scientist with excellent (polar) remote sensing. The successful candidate will work on cryosphere and ocean on polar region (ocean, land, atmosphere) using remote sensing data/techniques, and will be primarily responsible for:

  • Developing remote sensing techniques
  • Environmental change (long- or short-term)
  • Sensor development for UAV
  • Polar region field observation (Ice breaker, ice camp, etc.)
  • English writing (articles, reports, research proposals, etc.)

The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications and skills:

Education/Technical expertise:

  1. PhD. degree in Geoscience, Oceanography, Computer Sciences, Statistics, Engineering, Applied Math, or a similar field.
  2. Multi-year advanced level programming experience (C, C++, Python, Matlab, IDL, etc).
  3. Experience in developing image processing, pattern recognition, statistical analysis, microwave signal processing, time series analysis algorithms for remote sensing.
  4. Formal training and solid theoretical understanding of the following concepts:
  • Environmental (Land, Ocean, Atmosphere) remote sensing
  • Microwave remote sensing
  • Multivariate statistical analysis
  • Machine learning and statistical pattern recognition
  • Geographic Information System

Inter-personal characteristics:

  1. Great dedication to the project success; willingness and ability to work in the polar regions; ability to frequently switch different tasks.
  2. Communication skills (both written and spoken) in English language.
  3. Ability to work independently and in a multi-disciplinary team.

Applications should be sent by email and include the following “five” items:

  • Cover Letter (1 page) which must specifically address the applicant’s qualifications with respect to the above items.
  • Curriculum Vita including list of publications.
  • Copy of publications (Ph.D thesis, and articles etc.).
  • Statement of career/research interests and goals (1-2 pages).
  • Contact information for at least two professional references and one letter of reference.

Please email your applications materials to:

Hyun-Cheol Kim, (with cc: with the title: “Postdoc in Remote Sensing: your family name”

Please note that due to high volume of applications we may not be able to contact every applicant. Selected candidates may be contacted to arrange a telephone or an in-person interview.

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