Description of WorkThe Nebraska Water Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources (IANR) is seeking applications for a computer scientist position at the rank of research assistant professor This 12-month (calendar year), non-tenure track appointment will manageACSLsoftware development activities, computer hardware, and data management. The apportionment is 100% research. This position will be located in Beltsville, Maryland.This position will lead in theACSLsoftware development effort and provide computer software programming support to theACSLby working with scientists as part of a joint multi-national software development effort to further develop the crop and soil simulation models, graphical user interfaces, databases, and other suitable agro-climatology modeling tools. This position will develop, verify, and validate the software and metadata for entering data into databases and retrieving data via specificSQLorSQLformulated code to execute predetermined database queries. This position will also assist with archival and retrieval of data from experiments and develop data sets for crop model simulations.This position will assist in efforts to develop software enhancements forACSLcrop and soil models; consult with scientists and otherACSLinternal research programs; and cooperate with scientists withinARS, potential users in the public and private sector and other non-U.S. users in international collaborative efforts working on crop and soil modeling programs and data storage, retrieval and manipulation.The incumbent will also document code and tests (through verification and validation) software and databases (primary coding and database programming is performed in Microsoft Visual Studio [C, C#,FORTRANand Python languages,] R, MySQL orSQL, user interfaces are web browser based with a variety of software packages). In the construction effort, this position will serve as a member of a development team that includes scientists, other programmers, and user representatives. As necessary, software is recoded to achieve the stated objectives of the software being developed. The incumbent will analyze, design and document program structures used internally in user interfaces, natural resource models, and data acquisition software; develop innovative approaches to user interface design and human-computer interactions; develop and test software enhancements to increase code efficiency; and assist other scientists and technicians atACSLwith computer programming and database questions related to their research. This position will also survey the literature and the Internet for new techniques in database use, user interaction, data acquisition, and graphical user interface design, develop rapid prototypes to test the feasibility of new design ideas, and recommend alternate approaches and discusses their implications on the project.The incumbent will assist in developing technical manuals and web pages describing the approach taken in building user interfaces, coding the database, and creating data acquisition software; communicate to others how to use the resulting products; detail the limitations of user interface and data acquisition software as well as the requirements for use and propose solutions for improvement; maintain the source code control revision system for storing and archiving all changes toACSLsoftware products; document its correct use for other programmers and scientists; and consider a cross-platform structure that allows queries and acquisition of information from other publicly available databases in the design of software applications.In addition to the above-described duties, the individual will be expected to accept committee assignments, reporting responsibilities, and other special ad hoc assignments as requested at the administrative unit, college/division, institute, and/or university level.As an EO/AA employer, qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation. See https://www.unl.edu/equity/notice-nondiscrimination .Minimum Required QualificationsPh.D. in Computer Science, Engineering, or related field.
Teaching and research experience in digital agriculture.
Preferred QualificationsResearch and publications in the field of digital agriculture, data security, and related research.
Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively on interdisciplinary teams.
Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate research results and engage stakeholders in innovative exchanges of information.
Commitment to creating research programming and work environments that are inclusive of all forms of human diversity.
Pre-Placement Driving Record Review RequiredCriminal History Background Check RequiredPosted SalaryHow to ApplyClick “Apply to this job” and complete the information form. Attach the following documents:A letter of interest that describes your qualifications for the job and anticipated contributions.
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A statement of the value you place on diversity and your anticipated contributions to creating inclusive environments in which every person and every interaction matters (2 page maximum). See https://ianr.unl.edu/tips-writing-about-commitment-to-deib for guidance in writing this statement.
Please combine the statements (items 4 and 5) into a single document and attach as “Other Document.”For questions or accommodations related to this position contactJodi Mackinjmackin1@unl.eduJob CategoryJob Category (old) Faculty Non-Tenure LeadingJob Type 12 Month (Faculty Only)Position funded by grant or other form of temporary funding? YesIf Temporary, indicate end datePlanned Hire DateAppointment End DateSupplemental QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk ().Required DocumentsRequired DocumentsLetter of Interest
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