Open Postdoctoral position, faculty mentor Alexandra Konings

Stanford University

Job Description

Open Postdoctoral position, faculty mentor Alexandra Konings

HAI Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Remote Sensing Ecohydrology Group, Department of Earth System Science

The HAI Postdoctoral Fellow will lead a new project in the Remote Sensing Ecohydrology Group , led by Professor Alexandra Konings in the department of Earth System Science. This project aims to build a new hybrid AI – biogeophysical model to estimate the spatio-temporal dynamics of water flow through the soil and water uptake by plants. The approach will constrain a model of subsurface flow and vegetation water uptake with readily available global data of aboveground vegetation water content, leaf area index, and other variables to constrain patterns of belowground water uptake. Automatic differention-enabled deep learning methods will be used to ensure the satellite data are able to constrain the belowground inferences. Specific research questions addressed with the model could include but are not limited to: a) quantification of the relationship between microwave remote sensing derived proxies and vegetation hydrologic conditions across the globe, b) representation of those belowground components of the hydrologic cycle where classical understanding has been shown incorrect, and c) AI-inspired parameterization techniques to transfer the model’s findings across scales and regions.

The fellow will be mentored closely by Professor Konings, including weekly meetings and regular discussion of the fellow's specific professional development goals and progress, an approach which has enabled the group's past postdoctoral fellows to find career success. The fellow will also work in collaboration with several graduate students in the research group and, as desired, assist in mentorship of undergraduate students.

Stanford HA I is also committed to creating a diverse community of scholars who are engaged in contributing to the understanding and advancement of Human-Centered AI. Postdoctoral fellows will have the opportunity to engage with one another and with the broader Stanford HAI research community. They are also expected to participate in professional development, cohort-building, and other programmatic activities organized by HAI.
Evaluation Criteria
Candidates will be evaluated based on having a strong record of peer-reviewed scientific publications, research expertise and experience, and strong oral and written communication skills.

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