Postdoctoral Associate | Section of Soil & Crop Sciences | School of Integrative Plant Science | College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
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Section of Soil & Crop Sciences
School of Integrative Plant Science
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports students, faculty, and staff of all identities and backgrounds. We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented and/or marginalized identities to apply.
The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) is a pioneer of purpose-driven science and home to Cornell University's second largest population of students, faculty and staff. We work across disciplines to tackle the challenges of our time through world-renowned research, education and outreach. The questions we probe and the answers we seek focus on three overlapping concerns: natural and human systems; food, energy and environmental resources; and social, physical and economic well-being. CALS is fundamentally invested in improving the lives of people, their environments and their communities both in New York state and around the world.
We are seeking a Postdoc Associate with expertise in soil/vegetation carbon modeling within the Earth system context. The successful candidate will work in a multi-disciplinary project that integrates "bottom-up" Earth System Model simulations constrained by multiple satellite observations and "top-down" atmospheric CO2 inversion to quantify carbon budgets at high spatial resolution in Africa. This position involves close collaborations with a multidisciplinary team in remote sensing, terrestrial ecosystem modeling, data assimilation, and atmospheric carbon inversion at Cornell University and NASA JPL. More specifically, this position will build upon the NCAR CESM/CLM framework to improve estimates of the above- and below-ground carbon fluxes/storage and their responses to changing environments and land management.
The position holder will be responsible for the calibration/validation of a soil organic carbon model, i.e., SOMic, and the implementation of SOMic into the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)-CLM model. The incumbent will run CLM-SOMic and interpret the soil carbon fluxes and storage, and communicate them at scientific conferences and meetings, as well as write reports and publications.
Anticipated Division of Time The position holder makes decisions directly as to the division of time, depending on the progression of the project. An approximate division of time is:
- conducting model development/validation/simulations: 70% - paper writing: 25% - student supervision: 5%
Requirements Ph.D. or equivalent in soil biogeochemistry, terrestrial ecology, physical geography, or climate modeling. Demonstrated experience in NCAR CLM and/or soil modeling is required. Programming experience with Fortran is strongly preferred; programming experience C++ and/or R is also preferred. In addition, preference will also be given to candidates with experiences in satellite remote sensing and/or geospatial analysis.
Supervision Exercised This position may supervise students.
Term of position This is a full-time (100% FTE) position and will be located in Ithaca, New York. This is a one-year appointment with possible extension depending on available work, funding and performance.
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