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Postdoctoral Position in Crop Modelling – UBC, Vancouver
Description: The Land Use and Global Environment (LUGE) research group at UBC is seeking a postdoctoral fellow (PDF) to work in the area of large-scale crop suitability analysis and crop modelling
Date: 04 February 2016
Author: Professor Navin Ramankutty

The Land Use and Global Environment (LUGE) research group at the University of British Columbia is seeking a postdoctoral fellow (PDF) to work in the area of large-scale crop suitability analysis and crop modelling. Our research group is broadly interested in addressing the challenge of improving global food security while also reducing the environmental footprint of agriculture.

Please download the job posting here.

The PDF position is funded as part of a Genome Canada project focussed on the genomics of abiotic stress resistance in sunflowers. As part of this project, one of the goals is to develop a broader understanding of abiotic conditions under which sunflower (and other competing crops) can be grown and how this may shift with climate change, in both global and Canadian contexts. The idea is to first develop broad-scale analysis of crop suitability as a function of climate, soils, and other factors. And second, to develop models that can simulate the yield of sunflower and its competitor crops under current and future climates. There is plenty of room for the postdoctoral fellow to define her/his own interests within this broad framework.

Candidates with PhD in Earth System Science, Agricultural Science, Geography, Ecology, Atmospheric Sciences, or related fields are ideally suited. The ideal candidate will also have excellent analytical skills, and prior experience working with global environmental data and crop models. Candidates should have strong communication (spoken & written) and interpersonal skills.

The position is available 1 April 2016 with an annual salary of $55,000. The initial appointment will be for 1 year, but can be renewed for two more years upon satisfactory performance of duties.

To apply, please submit the following by email to, using the following subject line in your email: PDF APPLICATION

1. Cover letter describing your interest and fit;

2. Curriculum vitae;

3. Research proposal within framework of project (max 1 page);

4. Names and contact information of 3 referees;

5. Reprints of relevant publications, if available.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Applications received by Feb 29, 2016 will be guaranteed consideration.

See for more information about our research program.

Navin Ramankutty, Professor
Canada Research Chair in Global Environmental Change and Food Security
Liu Institute For Global Issues and Institute for Resources, Environment, And Sustainability
University of British Columbia

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