Extended Outlook Crop Monitor Postdoctoral Researcher

The NASA Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) team seeks a researcher.

 

Date posted

Nov. 11, 2020 12:00 am

Application deadline

Dec. 25, 2020 12:00 am

Organization

ESSIC/UMD

Location

  • United States

Job description

Extended Outlook Crop Monitor Postdoctoral Researcher

Department: UMD/ESSIC
Starting Salary: Commensurate with experience
Closing Date: Thursday, December 31, 2020

Duties:

The NASA Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET; https://lis.gsfc.nasa.gov/projects/fewsnet) team seeks a researcher to contribute to the development of an extended outlook crop monitor (EOCM).  The EOCM is expected to provide multi-seasonal forecasts (18- to 24-month lead time) of crop conditions and yields.  The position involves exploring the optimal use of projections of climate signals, soil moisture, terrestrial water storage (TWS), precipitation, temperature, and other meteorological variables to provide long-lead, multi-seasonal forecasts of a range of terrestrial variables relevant to crop condition and yield assessment.  These variables include but are not limited to leaf area index and normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI).

The EOCM postdoctoral researcher position is expected to evaluate statistical, physical, and machine learning modeling approaches to providing long lead time forecasts of terrestrial variables relevant to crop condition and yield assessment.  This work will involve evaluating the correlations between forecasted hydrological states (e.g., soil moisture, TWS), climate signals, and meteorological variables with crop condition and yield. 

Qualifications:

The candidate should have experience applying statistical, physical, and machine learning modeling methods to earth observations. Experience in remote sensing and land surface/hydrologic modeling is highly desired. The candidate should have a PhD in atmospheric science, hydrology, agroclimatology, or related discipline. Proficiency with Python language, Unix, and multiprocessor environments is required. The individual will be expected to present results in peer-reviewed publications and scientific presentations. Experience in organizing meetings, project coordination, and writing and reviewing technical reports is also expected.

For more details

http://essic.umd.edu/joom2/index.php/employment/3058-extended-outlook-crop-monitor-postdoctoral-researcher