Postdoctoral Scholar: Remote Sensing (Dept of LAWR at UC Davis)
Postdoctoral Scholar: Remote Sensing (Dept of LAWR at UC Davis) Job number: JPF04111 Home department: LAND AIR & WATER RESOURCES (Agricultural and Environmental Sciences)
Post-doctoral research position: Remote Sensing
We are seeking a highly motivated, organized, and dynamic scientist to fill a Postdoctoral Researcher position in remote sensing at the University of California, Davis (UCD) to work on a project titled: Development of a Low-Cost and Accessible Evapotranspiration Toolkit for Irrigation Management of Almonds and Other Woody Tree Crops. The incumbent will work within a large collaborative group of scientists and faculty from the Departments of Land Air and Water Resources (LAWR) and Viticulture and Enology (V&E) at UC Davis and from multiple USDA-ARS units, including the Crops Pathology and Genetics Research Unit (Davis, CA), the Sustainable Agricultural Water Systems Research Unit (Davis, CA), and the Hydrology and Remote Sensing Laboratory (Beltsville, MD). The incumbent will also work closely with government agencies and local stakeholders, particularly almond and grape growers throughout the California Central Valley.
Efforts of the Remote Sensing Postdoctoral Researcher will be directed toward the application of land surface and hydrologic models using satellite and aerial imagery for estimating evapotranspiration, soil moisture, bio-meteorological and plant physiological characteristics and compare model output with ground truth data. Objectives include refining algorithms to more effectively manage irrigation inputs in woody perennial crops over large acreages while accounting for spatial variability within fields. The incumbent will also have the opportunity to collaborate with UAV/drone imagery specialist and work closely with UCD researchers and faculty affiliated with the Artificial Intelligence (AI) Institute for Next Generation Food Systems (AIFS) to develop cloud computing and machine learning techniques designed for near-real-time irrigation strategy, forecasted water use information, and within season yield prediction.
90% o Develop and refine remote sensing-based algorithms to more effectively manage irrigation strategy in almond orchards. o Develop near-real-time workflows for decision support. o Build scalable systems designed for regional applications. o Develop and pursue new approaches related to the integration of remote sensing and machine learning for precision agriculture. o Prepare manuscripts for publication. o Coordinate project group meetings with stakeholders from government, academic, extension, agricultural, tech, and private sectors. o Present results at conferences and publish results in peer-reviewed journals
10% o Extension, Mentorship, and Outreach
A Ph.D. in Remote Sensing, Geography, Earth Science, Climatology, Hydrology, Computer Science or a closely related field by start date.
Strong computer skills including demonstrated proficiency in remote sensing image processing (Landsat, Sentinel, VIIRS, Planet, etc.) using image processing software and computer languages such as Python, R, and/or Matlab.
Demonstrated ability to apply remote sensing imagery in natural ecosystems or agricultural settings.
Experience managing large datasets.
Field work experience or interest.
Professional knowledge of and the ability to integrate information from hydrology, meteorology, climatology, remote sensing, physics, plant physiology, statistics, computer modeling and biophysical retrievals/canopy radiative transfer models.
Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work both independently and collaboratively with researchers and students from many different scientific backgrounds, including agency partners and stakeholders.
Experience designing, planning, and conducting experimental procedures, including the ability to meet project goals in a timely manner, and follow through on project deliverables.
The ability to communicate research findings both at professional meetings and in high quality peer-reviewed journals.
Excellent technical, analytical, organizational, and problem-solving skills. Strong attention to detail, and meticulous work style, as evidenced by previous research.
Job location: Davis, CA Salary range: Commensurate with qualifications and experience. Anticipated start: Start dates are flexible, but Summer 2021 is strongly preferred. Position duration: 2 years initially with the possibility of additional years pending availability of funding. Percent time: The position is 100%. Rank/Step: TBD
Names and contact information for 2 references familiar with your work.
Graduate school transcripts (unofficial copies acceptable).
Contact: For further information about the position, contact Dr. Kyle Knipper (firstname.lastname@example.org) with Post-doctoral Research position: Remote Sensing'.
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