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Post-doctoral research position: Machine Learning for Rangeland Soil and Ecosystem Conservation

Application Window

Open date: August 4th, 2021

Last review date: Tuesday, Aug 24, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Tuesday, Nov 30, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

Post-doctoral research position: Machine Learning for Rangeland Soil and Ecosystem Conservation

This project focuses on leveraging machine learning to facilitate the use of remote sensing data to model and predict soil erosion and ecosystem transitions in rangelands in the Western United States. The position is based at the Department of Land, Air, and Water Resources, University of California, Davis. The selected candidates will also have the opportunity to collaborate statewide with scholars from the USDA and other national universities. This position’s direct supervisor will be Dr. Grey Nearing ( Within overarching project goals, the candidates will have intellectual freedom to develop and pursue the research directions they find most interesting. Mentorship will focus on helping the candidates to meet their professional development goals, whether in academia or elsewhere.

A 90%: Conduct applied research on

  • Building models of ecosystem transitions,
  • Developing methods for integrating known biogeophysics into neural network architectures,
  • Prepare manuscripts for publication,
  • Develop and pursue new research directions related to integrated RS and AI approaches in natural and/or agricultural landscapes,
  • Coordinate project group meetings with stakeholders from government, academic, extension, agricultural, tech, and private sectors,
  • Present results at conferences and publish results in peer-reviewed journals.

B 10%: Extension, Mentorship, and Outreach

Salary range: Commensurate with qualifications and experience. Benefits include university staff privileges; group medical, dental, vision, AD&D, and life insurance options.

Anticipated start: As soon as possible.

Position duration: The position is for 12 months initially, may be renewed based on funding and contingent on satisfactory progress.

Percent time: 100% (full-time)

Rank/Step: TBD


For further information about the position, contact Dr. Grey Nearing ( with ‘Post-doctoral research position: Remote Sensing & Machine Learning’

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Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

    Degree Requirement

    Ph.D. in Math, Computer Science, Ecology, Geography, Forestry, Plant Science, Environmental Science, Hydrology, or other related field by the anticipated start date

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

    (These qualifications must be met by the start date of the position)

    • Experience with Python programming,
    • Strong quantitative expertise, such as in applied statistics and machine learning,
    • Demonstrated excellent research capabilities required to carry out innovative and insightful research,
    • Strong scientific communication skills as evidenced by peer-reviewed publications, and conference presentations,
    • Willingness to collaborate and demonstrated ability to communicate effectively across disciplines.
Preferred qualifications

    (not required)

    • Experience with Tensorflow and/or Pytorch ML libraries.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter - (one page)

  • Graduate school transcripts - (unofficial copies acceptable)

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion documented in the application file will be used to evaluate applicants. Visit for guidelines about writing a statement and why one is requested.

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)
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Job location

Davis, CA