Two Research Scientist Positions

University of Missouri

The Missouri Climate Center (MCC) and Missouri Resource Assessment Partnership (MoRAP) at the University of Missouri are seeking two Academic Research Scientist positions in soil moisture mapping and modeling. The research scientists will work under the supervision of the PIs to partner with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MoDNR) in support of the Missouri Hydrology Information Center (MoHIC) Soil Moisture Initiative. The team will work to complete two major project objectives: (1) develop and implement a soil moisture mapping and modeling framework for the state of Missouri, (2) develop a computational framework that integrates the models and delivers statewide daily soil moisture maps in near real-time. The selected candidate will have a unique opportunity to participate in a 2-year project that will have broad relevance and applicability, impacting decision-making processes and fostering public engagement. Results from
this work will form a cornerstone of the planned MoHIC dashboard, which will serve as a widely accessed public resource. There will be opportunities and support for the candidate to present their work at state and national conferences.

Starting date: August 1, 2024, or as negotiated.

Minimum Qualifications – Master’s or Ph.D. degree in Natural Resources, Geography, Environmental Science, Remote Sensing, Computer Science, or a related field.

Candidates will be evaluated on:
-Strong background in machine learning, geospatial analysis, and remote
sensing techniques.
-Experience with programming languages such as Python, R, and others for
data analysis and algorithm development.
-Proficiency in working with geospatial data formats (e.g., raster, vector)
and GIS software (e.g., ArcGIS, QGIS).
-Excellent written and oral communication skills, with the ability to
present complex technical information to diverse audiences.
-Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in a team environment and
manage multiple tasks effectively.
-Prior experience with soil moisture research or related environmental
modeling projects is desirable but not required.

Application Materials

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Interested candidates should submit the following materials via email to Dr. Zachary Leasor ( ), Director of the Missouri Climate Center and Michael Sunde ( ), Director of the Missouri Resource Assessment Partnership (MoRAP):
-Cover letter outlining your research experience, interests, and why you
are interested in this position.
-Curriculum vitae (CV) highlighting relevant qualifications, skills, and
-Contact information for three professional references.

Application Deadline: Open until filled.

We are committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive work environment and
encourage individuals from underrepresented groups to apply. We thank all
applicants for their interest in this position; however, only those
selected for an interview will be contacted.

Other Information

About Us: MU, the flagship institution in the University of Missouri
System, has nearly 31,000 undergraduate and graduate students. It is a land
grant institution and a member of the Association of American Universities.
Located midway between St. Louis and Kansas City, Columbia is a vibrant
small city that is consistently ranked among the top such places to live in
across America. The School of Natural Resources awards B.S., M.S., and
Ph.D. degrees in Natural Resources with emphases in multiple
sub-disciplines. Detailed information about the programs and faculty is
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with five complementary divisions across a broad array of agricultural
disciplines. Both CAFNR and SNR have robust collaborative ties to state and
federal agencies charged with managing agriculture and natural resources
and numerous opportunities are available to access and conduct research on
the extensive and diverse public lands surrounding Columbia.

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