Post-doctoral Research Associate to study the carbon budget of the US corn belt

Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) and University of Colorado, Boulder, USA

The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) and University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado, invite applications for a post-doctoral research associate to participate in a new NASA Carbon Monitoring System project aimed at achieving better understanding of carbon cycling in the US corn belt. The project is part of a new collaboration between researchers at CIRES, NOAA/ESRL, the University of Illinois, the Carnegie Institution for Science, Caltech, and the University of Virginia: “Improving the monitoring capability of the carbon budget for the US corn belt – integrating multi-source satellite data with improved land surface modeling and atmospheric inversions” (https://carbon.nasa.gov/cgi-bin/inv_pgp.pl?pgid=3748&fullab=1#abanchor). The candidate will work closely with Dr. Caroline Alden, Dr. John Miller and Dr. Arlyn Andrews at CIRES and NOAA/ESRL, and will also collaborate with Dr. Joe Berry and project PI Dr. Kaiyu Guan.

The successful applicant will contribute to the creation of a comprehensive carbon monitoring system for US croplands by performing atmospheric inversions for CO2 fluxes across the US corn belt. The applicant will use satellite and in situ data in inversions, and integrate top-down flux estimates with bottom-up estimates developed using novel satellite datasets and USDA crop statistics. The successful applicant will work closely with researchers at CIRES and the NOAA/ESRL Global Monitoring Division carbon cycle group, and will also have ample opportunities for collaboration with other project participants. Candidates should have a PhD in a relevant field of study and programming experience. Some experience using satellite and/or in situ observations in regional or global inversions or a related statistical/mathematical background would be ideal but not necessary. The successful candidate will have demonstrated the ability to carry out research and publish in the peer-reviewed literature.

The appointment begins in June 2018 (with some flexibility) and will be for 2 years with possibility for a 3rd year.

Interested applicants should send the following materials to Caroline Alden (caroline.alden@noaa.gov): (1) a curriculum vitae, (2) a statement of research experience and interests, and (3) the names and contact information of at least three individuals from whom letters of reference may be requested.