University of Wisconsin–Madison
Spatial Analysis For Conservation and Sustainability

1 Postdoc and 1 PhD position to study wildfires and the Wildland Urban Interface

Overview:  The wildland urban interface is where houses and wildland vegetation mix or intermingle, and where wildland fire problems are most vexing.  We are starting two new projects related to the WUI.  In the first project, we will model wildfire risk in the WUI in the Northeastern US based on observed fire patterns.  In the second project, we will generate new fine-resolution WUI maps based on data of building locations for the conterminous U.S.

The projects are part of a collaboration between UW-Madison (V. Radeloff), the US Geological Survey (T. Hawbaker), the Wisconsin DNR (M. Sebasky), and the US Forest Service (M. Mockrin).


Positions: We are offering the postdoctoral position for two years.  The appointment will be as a research associate.  Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and health benefits are included.  The position is available immediately, and we seek to fill it by January 1st 2020 at the latest.

We are offering the PhD graduate assistantship for three years.  The student will be appointed as a research assistant with a stipend of $24,816 per year plus health benefits and tuition remission.  We prefer the PhD student to start January 1st 2020, but a later start date is negotiable.

Both positions will be based in the SILVIS lab (, and supervised by V. Radeloff.  The SILVIS lab is part of the Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  The university has a long history of excellence in ecology, conservation biology, remote sensing and geography.

UW-Madison is a major research university in the United States ranking consistently among the top-five university in research expenditures among all U.S. universities.  Total student enrollment is 43,000 of which more than 12,000 are graduate and professional students, and there are over 2000 faculty.  It is an exciting place to learn and conduct research.

The city of Madison ranks as one of the top places in the U.S. to live and work.  For information about campus and city, please see


Qualifications:  We seek candidates who work well in a collaborative setting and have excellent communication and writing skills.  Good English writing and verbal communication skills, as well as the ability to work in a team, are essential.  Candidates should have demonstrated skills in the processing and handling of large datasets, statistical modeling, spatial ecology, and GIS.  Knowledge of remote sensing, fire ecology and/or human demographics is a plus.

Applicants for the post-doc position must have completed their Ph.D. at the time of appointment and have published in peer-reviewed scientific journals.  Applicants for the PhD student position must have a completed a BS.  A MS by the time of appointment is desirable, but candidates with equivalent experience will be considered.


To apply:  Please submit your application here:

Submitting an application includes filling out a small survey, and takes approximately 15 minutes.  It requires contact information for three references, and to upload (in one file in PDF format):

– a 2-page cover letter summarizing research interests and experiences

– a Curriculum Vitae

– for PhD applicants: unofficial undergraduate and graduate transcripts

After reviewing all applicants, reference letters and official transcripts will be required for shortlisted candidates.

The position is open to both U.S. citizens, and international citizens.  UW-Madison will assist with visa applications as necessary once offers are made.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.  We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

Review of applicants will begin immediately, but the positions will remain open until a suitable candidate is found.  Applications received by September 15th 2019 are guaranteed consideration.