Sustainable Food-Energy-Water Nexus Postdoctoral Scholar
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Open date: February 28th, 2022
Next review date: Monday, Mar 28, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
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Final date: Monday, Apr 25, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.
Projections show that by 2050, we will need 60% more food and 40% more water to satisfy the demands of our growing population, all this in addition to 50%
more energy thus adding significant stress at the nexus between water, energy and food. Agrivoltaics is a promising technology that can provide more food and
energy with less water and land, thus maximizing the land and water efficiencies and leading to a healthier nexus. This is however crop and climate dependent,
and achieving the real potential of agrivoltaics requires deeper understanding of plants response to different light spectra, thus allowing us to optimize the
solar spectrum between food and energy production in the same land. Thus, we are recognizing the importance of understanding plant response to different
light spectra under different climatic conditions is fundamental for the advancement of revolutionary agricultural concepts needed for sustainable food
We seek a postdoctoral scholar to lead our agrivoltaics initiative with focus on greenhouse trials and modeling initiative. As a postdoctoral scholar, you will
work under the supervision and mentorship of Professor Majdi Abou Najm on a series of greenhouse experiments of different crops under different lighting
and environmental conditions common in California to develop a database of crop response, yield and water use efficiencies. You will also work on building the
foundation of a global agrivoltaics network following models like the and to utilize the database to expand and validate a modeling framework that
Prof. Abou Najm is working on. In addition to greenhouse experiments and modeling, the scope of work may include limited but focused field experiments,
particularly following the activities of year 1. This position is based in Davis, but with potential regular visits to Kearney and other experimental sites in CA. It is
expected that you will work closely with Prof. Abou Najm on writing publications, extension documents, and proposals. You will also be expected to work with
a highly diverse and collaborative set of researchers and stakeholders on the project. Your primary duties will involve field and laboratory research, data
analysis, writing of scientific publications, and field site coordination. You will be expected to use R, ArcGIS, and various software programs as needed.
Publications, scientific talks, and workshops are expected products of your research and outreach activities.

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