Position Description: A postdoctoral position is available starting in spring 2021 in Dr. Yi Wang’s research lab (uwveggies.wiscweb.wisc.edu) at the Department of Horticulture, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS), University of Wisconsin – Madison. Dr. Phil Townsend, professor at the Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology, CALS, UW-Madison, will be the co-advisor of the postdoc. We are looking for a highly motivated postdoc who is interested in using remote sensing and advanced modeling methods to address questions related to monitoring of in-season crop nutrient status and prediction of end-of-season crop productivity. At least two manuscripts can be produced with available data. This postdoctoral position will provide the opportunity to work with cutting-edge airborne hyperspectral (aka imaging spectroscopy) imagery.
The Wang research group focuses on advancing agricultural sustainability by improving vegetable crop water use, nitrogen use, yield, quality, and storability while reducing the impacts of those crops’ production on the environment. We use multiple novel technologies such as remote sensing, computer assisted modeling, variable rate irrigation, and new variety development to achieve our research goals. We work on multiple vegetable crops including potatoes, peas, sweet corn, green beans, dry beans, etc. Dr. Townsend specializes in remote sensing and imaging spectroscopy applications to vegetation biochemistry and physiology. Dr. Townsend has served as the leader of dozens of projects/programs with NASA, National Science Foundation and Wisconsin DNR. He currently works as one of the algorithm co-leads for NASA’s forthcoming SBG hyperspectral-thermal mission.
Qualifications: Preference will be given to applicants with strong publication records, programming experience in R and/or Python, remote sensing (optical and/or thermal) knowledge and image data processing techniques, advanced modeling skills including machine learning methods, chemometrics and emulation. Willingness to participate agricultural field work such as planting and harvesting of vegetable crops is desired. Applicants can come from a wide range of Ph.D. backgrounds, including agricultural/plant sciences, sustainability science, environmental science, computer or data science, and geography.
Position Details: Competitive salary will be provided based on qualifications (minimum salary will be $47,476). The position is initially for one year, with potential to extend to two or more years based on performance, funding and need.
Application Instructions: If interested, the following application materials should be emailed to Dr. Yi Wang (email@example.com) with the email subject of “Postdoc Position Application”. Please include the following materials in one .pdf file:
1) Cover letter describing general research interests 2) CV 3) Two representative manuscripts (preferably first authored and published) 4) List of 3 references with contact information (email)
Materials are due by December 10, 2020.
Background: The University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences is an engine of scientific discovery, with researchers working across the spectrum of agricultural and life sciences. Academically, the college offers research-based, hands-on teaching of undergraduates; world-class graduate programs rich in research and project assistantships; and short courses, workshops and other programs. Our outreach activities bring the work of the college to Wisconsin businesses, organizations and communities throughout the state.
Additional Salary Information: Salary can be increased based on qualifications
About Department of Horticulture, UW-Madison
Established in 1889, the College of Agricultural and Life Science carries out the University of Wisconsin-Madison's mission as a land-grant public university through excellence in teaching, research and public outreach across 19 academic fields, ranging from production agriculture to natural resources to social sciences to fundamental life sciences.