[ES_JOBS_NET] Postdoctoral Research Associate at UIUC: Modeling nitrogen and hydrological dynamics using the Ecosys model for U.S. agroecosystems
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Postdoctoral Research Associate at UIUC: Modeling nitrogen and hydrological
dynamics using the Ecosys model for U.S. agroecosystems.
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 use the advanced Ecosys model
(http://ecosys.ualberta.ca/) to characterize and predict nitrogen and
hydrological dynamics for the agroecosystems of the US Corn Belt under
current and future climate. The simulation will be hyper-resolution (a few
meters to 1km) and for broader spatial scales (the whole US Midwest). The
work directly contributes to developing viable adaptations (e.g. agronomy
practices, cover crop, viable-rate fertilizing) to improve the resilience
and sustainability of US Midwest agriculture, which currently produces ~ 45%
and ~30% of the world's corn and soybeans, respectively.
Specific responsibilities include: implementing and calibrating the Ecosys
model to integrate multi-source observations (field trials, watershed data,
surveys, and satellite) to simulate crop yield, nitrogen dynamics and
hydrological fluxes for US agroecosystems; developing/building new modules
for Ecosys; conducting regional simulations for current and future climate
conditions; preparing peer-reviewed publications and education materials;
managing projects and reporting; and communicating research at professional
The successful applicant will be working with a team of scientists in earth
system modeling and ecosystem dynamics, including Dr. Kaiyu Guan in UIUC
(http://faculty.nres.illinois.edu/~kaiyuguan/), Dr. Jinyun Tang in Lawrence
Berkeley National Lab (https://eesa.lbl.gov/profiles/jinyun-tang/), Dr.
Robert Grant in University of Alberta and also the developer of the Ecosys
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Agriculture and Forestry
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University of Alberta for extended training. The applicant will be routinely
working on Blue Waters supercomputing system
(https://bluewaters.ncsa.illinois.edu/blue-waters), the most powerful
supercomputer in 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. Prior research experiences in Earth
system modeling (e.g. CLM) and data assimilation are highly preferred.
Strong programing skills (e.g., Python and Fortran in the 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 March 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> )
and Dr. Jinyun Tang (jinyuntang at lbl.gov <mailto:jinyuntang at lbl.gov> ). All
requested information must be submitted in order for your application to be
considered. Incomplete applications will not be considered. 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> )
and Dr. Jinyun Tang (jinyuntang at lbl.gov <mailto:jinyuntang at lbl.gov> ) for
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Employer. The administration, faculty, and staff embrace diversity and are
committed to attracting qualified candidates who also embrace and value
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