Ecophysiology, Genetics, Molecular Biology, Signals and Responses, Synthetic Biology
A post-doctoral position in remote sensing and ecophysiology is available starting immediately in the laboratory of C. Neal Stewart, Jr. at the University of Tennessee in the Department of Plant Sciences (https://ag.tennessee.edu/racheff/). The successful applicant will be a plant physiologist or ecophysiologist with interests/experience in phenotyping, drones, and field-level experiments. Our 4-y project focuses on nitrogen use and biomass production of a switchgrass common garden study as part of a genome-wide association study. It will involve high-resolution remote sensing, big-data machine learning approaches to field-based remote sensing, advanced image processing and analysis for traits such as biomass projections, nitrogen use efficiency, and disease resistance. The phenotyping platform is a UAV with multispectral, hyperspectral, and LiDAR sensors. The successful applicant will collaborate with scientists and staff within and outside of the university. The postdoc will give presentations, write reports and write manuscripts intended for publication.
Requirements: • Applicants should have a PhD prior to joining the lab in plant biology or a related field. • Preference will be given to applicants with experience UAV-based imaging, photogrammetry, point cloud data and spectral image analysis, good statistics skills, experience with large data sets • Preference will also be given to applicants with strong publication records, considerable drive and motivation, and excellent problem-solving skills. • The position requires excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to work in a highly interdisciplinary team-based environment. • The postdoc will work in a team environment and will help train more junior scientists.
The initial appointment is for two years with a mandatory 6-month probationary period, with a possibility of renewal for up to four years based on performance and continued grant funding. All postdocs in the lab are expected to generate at least one first-author paper per year from their UT work. Salary is based on experience and qualifications according to UT policy. In addition, UT provides an excellent fringe benefits package. Knoxville is located near the beautiful Smoky Mountains, has a low cost of living, and a moderate climate.
Internal Number: 20000000FG
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