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Post-Doctoral Research Associate
University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland
Date Posted 04/02/2022
Admin-Laboratory and Research
Employment Type Fac.Non-Tenured,Cont
Application Deadline Open until filled

Position Number:



Post-Doctoral Associate

Functional Title:

Post-Doctoral Research Associate

Category Status:

15-Fac.Non-Tenured,Continuing Con

Applicant Search Category:


University Authorized FTE:




Campus/College Information:

Founded in 1856, University of Maryland, College Park is the state’s flagship institution. Our 1,250-acre College Park campus is just minutes away from Washington, D.C., and the nexus of the nation’s legislative, executive, and judicial centers of power. This unique proximity to business and technology leaders, federal departments and agencies, and a myriad of research entities, embassies, think tanks, cultural centers, and non-profit organizations is simply unparalleled. Synergistic opportunities for our faculty and students abound and are virtually limitless in the nation’s capital and surrounding areas. The University is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff that will enhance our stature of preeminence in our three missions of teaching, scholarship, and full engagement in our community, the state of Maryland, and in the world.

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Vaccine Protocol

The University of Maryland has made the safety of our students, faculty and staff, and our surrounding communities a top priority. As part of that commitment, the University System of Maryland (USM) recently announced that students, faculty, and staff on USM campuses this fall, including UMD, are required to be vaccinated against COVID. As a prospective and/or a new employee at UMD, you will be required to comply with the University’s vaccination protocol. Proof of full vaccination will be required before the start of employment in order to work at any University of Maryland location. Prospective or new employees may seek a medical or religious exemption to the vaccination requirement at return.umd.edu and must have an approved exemption prior to the start of their employment. Failure to provide proof of vaccination or to obtain approval for a medical or religious exemption will result in the offer of employment being rescinded.

Position Summary/Purpose of Position:

The Department of Geographical Sciences at University of Maryland, College Park, is seeking a Professional Track Research Faculty Member at the Post-Doctorate Associate rank. Salary and benefits are highly competitive. The researcher will contribute to research activities under the USDA-NIFA funded project. The primary activities under this position include developing pre-season and in-season decision support tools (e.g. in-season nitrogen recommendation tool) using process-based crop models and remote sensing; and evaluating, improving and implementing process-based crop models to simulate the impacts of climate change and adaptation strategies. We are seeking a potential candidate with expertise in process-based crop modeling, uncertainty characterization and statistical downscaling. The successful candidate will closely collaborate with a multidisciplinary team, and he/she will communicate with stakeholders involved in the project, and present outcomes of the project at scientific conferences and meetings, as well as write reports and publications.

Minimum Qualifications:

Applicants should have a Ph.D. or equivalent in agricultural engineering, soil science, terrestrial ecology, or climate sciences. Candidates must have demonstrated experience in using and improving process-based crop models such as Environmental Policy Integrated Climate (EPIC), Decision Support System for Agrotechnology Transfer (DSSAT), APSIM or equivalent, and have hands-on experience in multivariate statistics.


Experience and skills in programming languages (e.g. Fortran, C++ and Python/R) and analytical skills in model evaluation are strongly preferred.

Additional Information:

Applications should include a personal statement of background and experience relevant to the position, including research activities, a signed, dated Curriculum Vitae, 2-5 reprints of selected peer-reviewed publications , and names and addresses (including e-mail) of 3-5 references.
For best consideration applications should be submitted no later than April 21, 2022, but the search will continue until a suitable candidate is appointed. Due to Covid situation, preference will be given to the candidates in the U.S with citizenship/green card/OPT. To Apply:  For questions about the position, please contact Varaprasad Bandaru, Associate Research Professor, at vbandaru@umd.edu. Further information on this position and on academic and research programs of the Department can be found at http://www.geog.umd.edu  Applications from women and minorities are particularly sought.

Posting Date:


Open Until Filled


Best Consideration Date


Diversity Statement:

The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

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