Multiple Positions in 

Postdoctoral Research Associate &

Graduate Research Assistantship

in AI/Global Forest Ecology

The Forest Advanced Computing & Artificial Intelligence Lab (FACAI) at Purdue University is seeking applicants for multiple positions in forest ecology. The successful candidates will coordinate the global forest expert team in Science-i to lead fundamental research in global forest ecology, augmented by the state-of-the-art artificial intelligence (AI) tools.   

Positions are accepted for Spring 2024 and on a rolling basis afterward. 


Postdoctoral Research Associate will receive a competitive annual compensation with benefits (medical insurance etc.). The initial appointment is for 24 months. Additional support may be available pending funding availability and satisfactory performance.

Graduate Research Assistant will receive full salary and benefits (medical insurance etc.), plus tuition remissions. The total award package is worth $61,464 – $70,000 per year.

Successful candidates will be equipped with cutting-edge data packages, data management tools, and high-performance computing facilities to conduct top-tier research, and publish in high-impact journals – a solid foundation for one’s future science career. In addition, successful candidates will work with global forest science communities in a multi-language and multi-culture setting, with abundant chances to serve and support under-represented researchers around the world.   


For the Postdoctoral Research Associate position, a Ph.D. degree in computer science, AI, data science, remote sensing, forestry, ecology, or related fields is required.

For the Graduate Research Assistantship, a B.S. in forestry, ecology, modeling, computer science, statistics, or related fields is required.

Preference is given to those who have strong quantitative skills and/or research experience with AI.

Candidates will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Research background and quantitative skills,
  • Passion for path-making research,
  • Passion to serve and support the global forest research community,
  • Oral and writing proficiency,
  • Leadership skills and teamwork experience.


For the Postdoctoral Research Associate position — A single pdf file containing a) the applicant’s CV, b) a Vision Statement outlining the candidate’s research interests and qualifications, especially with regard to the foregoing criteria, c) contact information of three references, should be sent to the email address listed below.

For the Graduate Research Assistantship — A single pdf file containing a) the applicant’s resume, b) a Research Statement outlining the candidate’s research interests and qualifications, c) unofficial transcripts, and d) contact information of three references, should be sent to the email address listed below. Successful candidates who have passed the initial screen will be invited to submit a formal application to Purdue University Graduate School.

All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Purdue University is an EEO/AA employer.


Dr. Jingjing Liang  jjliang at

Associate Professor of Quantitative Forest Ecology,

Dept. of Forestry and Natural Resources, Purdue University


FACAI harnesses state-of-the-art artificial intelligence and global resources to conduct globally consistent yet locally relevant research on forest ecosystems. We’re proud of our groundbreaking achievements:

  • Discovering the number of tree species worldwide.
  • Developing the world’s most extensive forest inventory database.
  • Pioneering the Science-i platform, empowering researchers worldwide to undertake high-impact forest research.

 FACAI is sponsored by the World Resources Institute, Bezos Earth Fund, National Science Foundation, USDA, and other federal agencies.