[ES_JOBS_NET] Post-doctoral scholar and graduate research assistant openings, Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center, University of Maryland College Park

Post-doctoral scholar and
graduate research assistant openings:  Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center, University of
Maryland College Park We are seeking applicants in the area of interdisciplinary
earth system modeling for a post-doctoral
scholar position and three graduate research assistant
positions. Successful applicants will join NSF- and
NOAA-funded projects focused on regional earth systems modeling.
Both projects are funded for the next
five years, and successful applicants will have uninterrupted
support during their period of study. The post-doc and two graduate positions are for a
new NSF project to build a modeling framework
(MFEW) coupling food, energy, water, and environmental change in
the teleconnected Corn and Cotton
Belts. This project bridges the fields of climate, hydrology,
agriculture, biogeochemistry, engineering, and
economics, and will provide opportunities for extensive
interdisciplinary collaboration. Particular focuses
for the available positions include, but are not limited to,
models integration and coupling, groundwater
and water quality modeling, food and bioenergy crop modeling,
land and water resource management. The third graduate position is for an ongoing
NOAA-funded project on regional climate modeling, and
focuses the understanding and prediction of atmospheric and
surface processes.
Position Activities:  
•  The post-doctoral scholar will be responsible for overall
MFEW system development,
simulations, and analyses. She/he will collaborate with
interdisciplinary team members at
multiple universities to implement or couple component model
formulations.  
•  Graduate students, in addition to their academic course work,
will be directly involved in model
development, simulation, data preparation, and analysis. They
will choose their thesis research
topics in the areas listed above.
Applicant Requirements:
•  A Ph.D. (post-doctoral applicants) or B.S. (graduate
applicants) in atmospheric, hydrologic,
agricultural sciences, applied mathematics, physics, data
science, or a related field
•  Strong verbal and oral communication skills, and the ability
to synthesize and integrate
information from other disciplines and areas of study
•  Post-doctoral applicants should have demonstrated proficiency
and graduate applicants should
have interest and ability in the following areas:
o  Atmospheric, hydrologic, or crop modeling systems and data
analysis
o  Programming (F90 and C are preferred) and parallel computing

o  Analytical skills, including the ability to rigorously
evaluate and analyze observational data
and simulation results
o  Statistical and mathematic skills for evaluating model
simulation results, uncertainty
characterization, and system optimization
Interested graduate applicants should apply to the University of
Maryland through the department of
Atmospheric and Oceanic Science (AOSC), and contact Professor
Xin-Zhong Liang via email: xliang@umd.edu. Interested post-doctoral applicants should
submit a CV and three letters of reference
(including contact information) to Professor Xin-Zhong Liang by
the above email. Positions are available
immediately. We will continue accepting applications until the
positions are filled, but for priority
consideration of the post-doctoral position, please submit all
materials by October 15, 2016.  
The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal
opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies
with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations
regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative
action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for
employment. The University is committed to
a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not
discriminate on the basis of race, color,
religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability,
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or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status,
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