The Nebraska Water Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is seeking highly motivated and enthusiastic postdoctoral scholars in the area of crop and soil simulation modeling. This position is located in Beltsville, MD. Postdoctoral investigators will be responsible for helping meet project requirements and publishing papers in eminent peer-reviewed journals.
The work will primarily focus on the modification and testing of the plant models. The position consists mostly of coding mathematical representations of plant processes, numerical and data analysis, and computer programming.
The main goals the applicant will be expected to address include:
Improve and test existing code to simulate photosynthesis, leaf and root growth, and reproductive organ development under different water, CO2 and temperature conditions.
Work with graduate students and scientists who are collecting data on crop development, and simulating water and nitrogen dynamics.
Implement an existing Farquhar-Ball-Berry photosynthesis/water balance model in the GLYCIM and GOSSYM models.
Modify and/or assist with the development of a root growth model.
Find data in the literature for model testing and evaluation as needed.
Organize and analyze data in order to prepare manuscripts based on these modifications,
Participate in ongoing projects in the ARS and UMD labs and provide numerical modeling support as needed.
Demonstrate interpersonal skills in a professional setting.
Be willing to travel in- or out of state for scientific conferences, to network and collaborate with colleagues.
Present findings at regional or national meetings.
Minimum Required Qualifications:
Ph.D. in Soil Science, Plant Physiology, Agricultural Engineering, Civil Engineering or a related engineering science field with a strong emphasis on biophysics, applied mathematics, data analysis, numerical methods and modeling is required.
Extensive programming and numerical methods experience in C++ and FORTRAN is a prerequisite, as is a research background in one or more of the following: agricultural engineering, agronomy, soil physics or plant physiology.
Experience with agriculture is strongly preferred.
Experience with Python is preferred.
Demonstrated programming experience with crop and soil models, and experience with numerical methods, data analysis software such as R, SAS or Matlab, and applied mathematics is strongly preferred.
Job Type: Full-Time
Internal Number: 67048
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