We have an immediate opening for a post-doctoral scientist who would be part of the new NSF-USDA Center on Artificial Intelligence for Future Agricultural Resilience, Management, and Sustainability (AIFARMS). The Center is a multi-institution based program that brings together computer scientists, soil and plant scientists, and sensor researchers to advance foundational AI and use these advances to address important challenges facing world agriculture. We are seeking a postdoctoral scientist who are interested in a data driven, multidisciplinary approach that examines problems in soil science at a system level in the context of environmental and agricultural impact. This position offers the opportunity to work closely with faculty and researchers at the University of Chicago, Argonne National Laboratory, The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Michigan State University. The candidates should have particular interest in new science and technology for environmental and food sustainability.
The postdoctoral researcher will work closely with computer scientists, soil scientists, systems modeling experts, and sensor experts to develop new AI approaches for application in agricultural issues including soil health, nutrient loads, and environmental sustainability. Of particular interest are multi-input machine learning models for accurate predictions of soil N and P fluxes and crop productivity of Midwest agricultural fields. This research will include exploring new algorithms and technique development for using AI with geospatial datasets, such as those for agriculture and the environment, that are “physical sciences” informed, and can make use of datasets that can be sparse.
For this position we seek candidates with a Ph.D. in computing science, the physical sciences, statistics, or a related field.
The following skills are needed or desirable:
- Experience in data management, and an interest in fusing AI approaches with the physical sciences.
- Ability to work with a multi-disciplinary team.
- Knowledge of soils and/or agricultural management practices is desirable but not necessary, as long as there is a willingness to learn.
The Postdoctoral position will be with the University of Chicago. Research will be carried out at laboratories at Argonne National Laboratory, at the University of Chicago in conjunction with field sites at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and will provide the opportunity to work and interact with scientists at these three locations, as well as Michigan State University.