Postdoc soil scientist (f/m/d)

Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF), Müncheberg

The KIKompAg project addresses important challenges in agricultural research, such as monitoring agroecosystems at different scales, by integrating artificial intelligence (AI) into the current agricultural toolbox. The main objective of KIKompAg is to develop a coherent approach for integrating multimodal data, AI and simulation methods to characterise agricultural systems across scales and, building on this, to create a comprehensive curriculum covering multiple aspects of agroecosystem analysis with data from multiple sources. The framework combines state-of-the-art remote and close sensing products with various deep learning and mechanistic models, as well as diverse surface and subsurface reference datasets for both cropland and grassland.

Subject to funding, we are offering a full time position temporarily limited until 30 September 2025 at our location in Müncheberg as  

Postdoc soil scientist (f/m/d)

Your tasks:

  • analyzing spatio-temporal patterns of crop aboveground biomass from UAV data
  • inverse parameter estimation for subsoil properties using a mechanistic agro-ecosystem model and UAV biomass images
  • application of Deep Learning algorithms to improve the inverse parameter estimation procedure
  • development of learning materials for knowledge transfer

Your qualifications:

  • academic background in the field of field of Soil science, Agriculture, Environmental science, Geosciences or related fields
  • programming experience in Python or extensive experience in another high-level programming language is a prerequisite
  • experience with mechanistic simulation models and/or data-driven modelling approaches
  • ability to work independently as a scientist (proven by completed doctorate/PhD or equivalent publication successes)

We offer:

  • an interdisciplinary working environment that encourages independence and self-reliance
  • classification according to the collective agreement of the federal states (TV-L) up to EG13  (including special annual payment)
  • access to modern workspace with modern IT infrastructure and HPC
  • a collegial and open-minded working atmosphere in a dynamic research institution

Women are particularly encouraged to apply. Applications from severely disabled persons with equal qualifications are favored. Please send your application preferably online (see button online application below). For e-mail applications, create a PDF document (one PDF file, max. 5 MB; packed PDF documents, archive files like zip, rar etc. Word documents cannot be processed and therefore cannot be considered!) with the usual documents, in particular CV, proof of qualification and certificates, stating the reference number 94-2022 until 30 September 2022 to (see button e-mail application below).


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Gohar Ghazaryan, Tel. +49 (0) 33432/82-411,gohar.ghazaryan(at)zalf.de or Prof. Dr. Masahiro Ryo, Tel. +49 (0) 33432/82-206, masahiro.ryo(at)zalf.de.

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