Postdoctoral crop-climate modeler

University of Maryland

College Park, MD, US

Department: UMD/ESSIC

Starting Salary: Commensurate with experience

Closing Date: Friday, May 7, 2021


We are seeking a highly motivated postdoctoral associate to support the crop growth modeling component of a new five-year $10M project funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)/National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). The project’s goal is to develop a predictive decision support Dashboard for Agricultural Water use and Nutrient management (DAWN) to sustain food and energy crop production in the Corn Belt. The post-doctoral associate will focus on the development, evaluation, and application of an advanced crop-modeling system. This will involve calibrating, testing, and analyzing a suite of crop growth models and coupling them with a regional climate model. The resulting coupled system will then be used to generate more accurate forecasts of seasonal crops yield that can be shared directly with farmers. The associate will also be actively involved with the overall project activities as part of an interdisciplinary team that includes research, extension, and education specialists. Salary is commensurate with experience and University benefits will be included


Applicants should have a Ph.D. (within 5 years) in agricultural, atmospheric or climate sciences, and a strong background in model development. They must have experience and skill in programming (particularly Fortran and C) and parallel computing, as well as analytical skill in model evaluation and crop-climate interaction.

To Apply: Interested candidates should send a CV with a list of at least 3 professional references and a cover letter explaining how your qualifications meet the posted requirements to [email protected].