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Postdoctoral fellowship at UIUC: Data Assimilation for crop modeling using multisources of satellite


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Postdoctoral fellowship at UIUC: Data Assimilation for crop modeling using multisources of satellite remote sensing data

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 contribute to assimilating one or multiple satellite observations across the spectral bands (e.g. Visible, NIR, Solar-induced fluorescence, and Thermal infrared) into crop models to investigate crop productivity, water uses and nutrient cycles (e.g. nitrogen) in agroecosystems of the US Corn Belt.

Specific responsibilities include: developing and implementing data assimilation algorithms to integrate multi-source remote sensing observations into numerical models (e.g. land surface model); developing/building new modules for the land surface model or crop model; conducting regional simulations and seasonal predictions; preparing peer-reviewed publications and education materials; and communicating research at professional meetings.

The successful applicant will be working with Dr. Kaiyu Guan (, and a team with strong expertise in satellite remote sensing, ecohydrology, Earth system modeling, and high-performance computing. The applicant will be routinely working on Blue Waters supercomputing system (, the most powerful supercomputer in the 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. Research background in Earth system modeling (e.g. CLM), data assimilation, thermal remote sensing or boundary layer meteorology is highly preferred. Strong programing skills (e.g., Python, Fortran, C or Matlab in 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 Jan 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 ( All requested information must be submitted in order for your application to be considered. Incomplete application will not be reviewed. 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 (, or visit for more information.

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Bin Peng, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Associate
National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA)
Department of Natural Resources and Environmental  Sciences (NRES)
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)
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Divecha Center for Climate Change