Postdoctoral Researcher Position in Precision Agriculture: Site-specific Irrigation Management
The UCRWATER Lab (ucrwater.com) in the Environmental Sciences Department at the University of California Riverside invites qualified highly motivated candidates to apply for a postdoctoral research associate position in site-specific irrigation management. This is a one-year appointment with possible extension depending on funding and performance. The successful candidate will be involved in a USDA funded project aiming at enhancing agricultural water management in southern California deserts by improving current uniformly applied irrigation by mainstream growers and creating a pathway toward adoption of emerging site-specific variable rate irrigation technologies in the future. The main objective for this position is to develop decision support tools for the pre-adoption assessment and management of site-specific irrigation systems.
- Ph.D. (received within the past five years from an accredited college or university) in Irrigation Engineering, Biosystems Engineering, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Agronomy or other related disciplines;
- Experience in developing decision support tools, (i.e., smartphone apps, computer software packages, web-based tools, graphical user interfaces);
- Strong programming skills with scripting languages such as Python, Matlab, Java;
- Experience with statistical analyses of geospatial and remote sensing data using ARGIS, ENVI or other software packages;
- Experience with machine learning algorithms and statistical modeling techniques such as regression, k-means, neural networks;
- Demonstrated record of high-quality publications;
- Experience working in a collaborative research environment.
The successful candidate is expected to:
- Publish research findings in international peer-reviewed journals, and present research findings in scientific conferences and local meetings;
- Generate regular update reports, and assist in grant proposal writing;
- Assist with field data collection, lab experiments, and extension/outreach activities;
- Work independently and in collaboration with faculty/staff and students in the Environmental Sciences Department, farm advisors, stakeholders, and producers.
Applications or informal inquiries can be sent to Dr. Amir Haghverdi (firstname.lastname@example.org) with USDA POSTDOC as the subject line. Applications packages should contain the following contents:
- One-page cover letter describing the applicant’s research experiences and interests;
- Curriculum vitae;
- Names, addresses, emails, and phone numbers for three references.