Postdoctoral crop-climate modeler

Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center (ESSIC/UMD) has an opening for a Postdoctoral crop-climate modeler.


Date posted

Apr. 7, 2021 12:00 am

Application deadline

May 7, 2021 12:00 am


Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center (ESSIC/UMD)


  • United States

Job description

Postdoctoral crop-climate modeler

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.