TWO Postdoctoral Positions in Precision Conservation in Prairie Croplands – Application deadline: June 15, 2022

Precision agricultural data, collected automatically by GPS-enabled sensors on farming equipment, represents an exciting and underused opportunity to improve crop yields and support environmental sustainability in agricultural systems. The Prairie Precision Sustainability Network (PPSN) is a new collaboration between the Universities of Calgary and Saskatchewan in Canada that aims to provide data-driven support to crop growers across western North America.

Our team we will measure the potential for low yield areas on crop fields to be set aside from production, a management decision that could support both environmental sustainability and profitability objectives. This is part of a new area of research known as “precision conservation.”

We seek TWO postdoctoral data scientists trained in any discipline who will bring their strong analytical and computational skills to model these big data sets. By connecting satellite imagery, precision agricultural, agronomic and economic data we will map this potential across the Canadian prairie region.

The innovative tools we will develop have the potential to support win-wins-wins (for farm profitability, for carbon stores and for nature conservation) across a vast region at the centre of the North American continent (500,000 km2 in size).

Qualifications:

– Recent PhD in any relevant discipline (e.g., engineering, remote sensing, environmental science, statistics, ecology, agriculture, economics, and others)

– Demonstrated experience building advanced statistical and/or machine learning models;

– Expertise coding in R and/or Python; and,

– Excellent written and oral communication skills

To apply for this 1.5 year position (with extension possible), please send a CV and a cover letter describing your modelling and analytical skills to Dr. Paul Galpern (paul.galpern@ucalgary.ca  ). You may also wish to include written samples of research demonstrating these skills. For full consideration, please submit your application on or before June 15, 2022 via email. Preferred start date is on or before September 2022, but is negotiable. Salary: $65,000 CAD + medical benefits.

For more information on our team’s research please visit: profiles.ucalgary.ca/paul-galpern and recent publications in Paul Galpern’s Google Scholar profile. Questions are very welcome!