[ES_JOBS_NET] Postdoctoral fellowship at UIUC: Data Assimilation for crop modeling using multisources of satellite remote sensing data

Christine Wiedinmyer christine.wiedinmyer.ucar at gmail.com
Mon Sep 11 15:43:04 MDT 2017

Postdoctoral fellowship at UIUC: Data Assimilation for crop modeling using
multisources of satellite remote sensing data


One Postdoctoral Researcher Position in the Department of Natural Resources
and Environmental Sciences (NRES) and National Center for Supercomputing
Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
(UIUC), full-time, 100% (2-year duration, with possibility of extension,
contingent upon performance and funding)


Summary: The successful candidate will contribute to assimilating one or
multiple satellite observations across the spectral bands (e.g. Visible,
NIR, Solar-induced fluorescence, and Thermal infrared) into crop models to
investigate crop productivity, water uses and nutrient cycles (e.g.
nitrogen) in agroecosystems of the US Corn Belt.


Specific responsibilities include: developing and implementing data
assimilation algorithms to integrate multi-source remote sensing
observations into numerical models (e.g. land surface model);
developing/building new modules for the land surface model or crop model;
conducting regional simulations and seasonal predictions; preparing
peer-reviewed publications and education materials; and communicating
research at professional meetings.


The successful applicant will be working with Dr. Kaiyu Guan
(kaiyug at illinois.edu <mailto:kaiyug at illinois.edu> ,
http://faculty.nres.illinois.edu/~kaiyuguan/) and a team with strong
expertise in satellite remote sensing, ecohydrology, Earth system modeling,
and high-performance computing. The applicant will be routinely working on
Blue Waters supercomputing system
(https://bluewaters.ncsa.illinois.edu/blue-waters), the most powerful
supercomputer in the U.S. universities.


Qualifications: Applicants should have a Ph.D. in earth and atmospheric
science, meteorology, hydrology, environmental engineering, physics,
mathematics, or a closely related field. Research background in Earth system
modeling (e.g. CLM), data assimilation, thermal remote sensing or boundary
layer meteorology is highly preferred. Strong programing skills (e.g.,
Python, Fortran, C or Matlab in Linux environment) and prior experience in
supercomputing or big data analytical systems is required, as the applicant
will be working routinely in the Blue Waters supercomputer environment.
Candidates will be considered if graduation with a Ph.D. is expected by the
targeted starting date. Proficiency in spoken/written English is mandatory.
The appointment is two years (renewed annually) and may be extended,
contingent upon the performance. Salary is competitive and commensurate with
experience in relevant research.


Starting Date: Ideal starting time is Jan 1, 2018, but negotiable. The
position is open till filled.


Application Process: To ensure full consideration, qualified candidates must
send a cover letter, CV, and contact information of three references via
e-mail to Dr. Kaiyu Guan (kaiyug at illinois.edu <mailto:kaiyug at illinois.edu>
). All requested information must be submitted in order for your application
to be considered. Incomplete application will not be reviewed. Applicants
will be immediately reviewed upon receiving the application while the search
may continue until the position is filled. For further information, please
contact: Dr. Kaiyu Guan (kaiyug at illinois.edu <mailto:kaiyug at illinois.edu> ),
or visit http://faculty.nres.illinois.edu/~kaiyuguan/ for more information. 


The University of Illinois is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity
Employer. The administration, faculty, and staff embrace diversity and are
committed to attracting qualified candidates who also embrace and value
diversity and inclusivity. Visit www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu
<http://www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu> . 



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