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POSTDOCTORAL SCHOLARRequisition # 3399Position BasicsAdvertising Ends on:Sunday, December 6th, 2020Advertising Started on:Thursday, October 15th, 2020College:College of Liberal Arts and SciencesDepartment:Geographical and Sustainability SciencesSalarySalary:CommensuratePosition DetailsFull/Part Time Status:Full TimePercent Time:100%Position Description:The Department of Geographical and Sustainability Sciences at the University of Iowa invites applicants for a two-year postdoctoral research position under the supervision of Dr. Matthew Dannenberg. The successful candidate will be part of a NASA Soil Moisture Active-Passive (SMAP) Science Team developing remote sensing-based approaches for modeling carbon and water fluxes of dryland ecosystems and their sensitivities to climate variability and change. The successful candidate will also have the opportunity to closely collaborate with project team members at Indiana University (Dr. Mallory Barnes), the University of Arizona (Dr. William K. Smith), the USDA (Drs. Joel Biederman and Russell Scott), and the University of Montana (Dr. John Kimball).In collaboration with the science team, the successful candidate will:develop and assess regional-to-global scale dryland carbon and water flux estimates based on machine learning and multi-source Earth observations.estimate accuracy and global variability of dryland carbon and water fluxes.analyze sensitivity of dryland carbon and water fluxes to hydroclimatic extremes.participate in SMAP Science Team meetings.publish scientific results in journals.present research findings at scientific meetings.Experience or training in one or more of the following will be considered positively: satellite or near-surface remote sensing of ecosystem structure and function, eddy covariance flux data processing and analysis, ecosystem-climate interactions, and/or time series analysis and machine learning approaches.The start date is negotiable.For full consideration, please submit a 1-2 page letter of application (including research interests/expertise, qualifications for the position, and possible start date), a current CV, and contact information for three persons who could provide letters of recommendation by November 30, 2020.The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.Persons with disabilities who need assistance or accommodations with the application or interview process may contact University Human Resources/Faculty and Staff Disability Services, (319) 335-2660 or For jobs in UI Health care, please contact UI Health care Leave and Disability Administration at 319-356-7543.Education Requirement:A Ph.D. by time of appointment in ecology, geography, environmental science, or a related field is required.Required Qualifications:Proficient coding skills are required in at least one of the following: R, Matlab, or Python. Demonstrated quantitative and communication skills are also required.Online Application Required DocumentsCurriculum VitaName and Contact Information of ReferencesLetters of InterestNumber of References: 3To start the Online Application process for this position, click the "Apply for This Position" button located below the Contact Information.Contact InformationContact:Matthew P Dannenberg - matthew-dannenberg@uiowa.eduClas-GeograandSustainability SciJessup Hall5 West Jefferson Street308 JHIowa City, IA 52242Department URL: University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment