Post-doctoral Research Associate- Process based Crop Modeling

Postdoc position
Maryland
Posted 7 months ago
  • Organization: University of Maryland
  • Location: University of Maryland, College Park, MD

Job Description ( Post-Doctoral Research Associate ):

The University of Maryland is Looking for a Post-Doctoral Research Associate to work on a recently funded project by NASA Carbon Monitoring System Program (https://carbon.nasa.gov/) . The successful candidate will work on modeling cropland carbon and nitrogen fluxes at a large regional scale. The position will provide a great opportunity to closely collaborate with researchers from USDA-ARS, NASA, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and Universities.

Position Number:123482
Title:Post-Doctoral Associate
Functional Title:Post-Doctoral Associate
Category Status:15-Fac.Non-Tenured, Continuing Con
Applicant Search Category:Faculty
University Authorized FTE:100
Unit:BSOS-Geography
Campus/College Information:Founded in 1856, University of Maryland, College Park is the state’s flagship institution. Our 1,250-acre College Park campus is just minutes away from Washington, D.C., and the nexus of the nation’s legislative, executive, and judicial centers of power. This unique proximity to business and technology leaders, federal departments and agencies, and a myriad of research entities, embassies, think tanks, cultural centers, and non-profit organizations is simply unparalleled. Synergistic opportunities for our faculty and students abound and are virtually limitless in the nation’s capital and surrounding areas. The University is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff that will enhance our stature of preeminence in our three missions of teaching, scholarship, and full engagement in our community, the state of Maryland, and in the world.
Background ChecksOffers of employment are contingent on completion of a background check. A prior criminal conviction or convictions will not automatically disqualify a finalist from employment in the position.
Vaccine ProtocolThe University of Maryland has made the safety of our students, faculty and staff, and our surrounding communities a top priority. As part of that commitment, the University System of Maryland (USM) recently announced that students, faculty, and staff on USM campuses this fall, including UMD, are required to be vaccinated against COVID. As a prospective and/or a new employee at UMD, you will be required to comply with the University’s vaccination protocol. Proof of full vaccination will be required before the start of employment in order to work at any University of Maryland location. Prospective or new employees may seek a medical or religious exemption to the vaccination requirement at return.umd.edu and must have an approved exemption prior to the start of their employment. Failure to provide proof of vaccination or to obtain approval for a medical or religious exemption will result in the offer of employment being rescinded.
Position Summary/Purpose of Position:The Department of Geographical Sciences at University of Maryland, College Park, is seeking a Professional Track Research Faculty Member at the Post-Doctorate Associate rank. Salary and benefits are highly competitive. The researcher will contribute to research activities under a NASA funded project. The project’s primary goal is to improve the existing crop modeling system and implement at a large regional scale to estimate carbon and nitrogen fluxes in agricultural lands. We are seeking a potential candidate with expertise in process-based crop modeling and data assimilation. The successful candidate will closely collaborate with a multidisciplinary team, and  will involve in field data collection, model calibration and configuration, model implementation and uncertainty quantification. The incumbent will communicate with stakeholders involved in the project, and present outcomes of the project at scientific conferences and meetings, as well as write reports and publications. 
Minimum Qualifications:Applicants should have a Ph.D. or equivalent in agricultural engineering, soil science, terrestrial ecology, or climate sciences. Candidates must have demonstrated experience in using and improving process-based crop models such as Environmental Policy Integrated Climate (EPIC), Decision Support System for Agrotechnology Transfer (DSSAT), DayCENT or equivalent, and have hands-on experience in data assimilation techniques.  
Preferences:Experience and skills in programming languages (e.g. Fortran, C++ and Python/R) and analytical skills in model evaluation are strongly preferred. 
Additional Certifications:
Additional Information:Applications should include a personal statement of background and experience relevant to theposition, including research, teaching and service activities, a signed, dated Curriculum Vitae,2-5 reprints of selected peer-reviewed publications, and names and addresses (including e-mail) of 3-5 references.
Posting Date:11/05/2021
Closing Date:
Open Until FilledYes
Best Consideration Date11/20/2021
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Diversity Statement:The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

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  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Research (examples: research statement, research programs)
  4. Teaching (examples: teaching philosophy, student evaluations)
  5. List of References (no emails sent from system)

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