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Post-doctoral Research Associate- Process based Crop Modeling

University of Maryland Department of Geographical Sciences
College Park, Maryland
Closing date
Dec 8, 2021

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Global Environmental Change, Social Sciences
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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 he 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 and Required Skills

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. Experience and skills in programming languages (e.g. Fortran, C++ and Python/R) and analytical skills in model evaluation are strongly preferred.

Applications should include a personal statement of background and experience relevant to the position, 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.

For best consideration applications should be submitted no later than November 20th 2021, but the search will continue until a suitable candidate is appointed. To Apply:                        

For questions about the position, please contact Varaprasad Bandaru, Associate Research Professor, at Further information on this position and on academic and research programs of the Department can be found at  Applications from women and minorities are particularly sought.

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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