Seeking: Postdoctoral Research Associate in AgroMeteorology

In Brief

Post-doc will advance and take advantage of the existing experimental set up (two micro-meteorological towers, automatic sap flow monitoring systems, soil water content monitoring, root density, CO2 soil emissions) and meteorological databases to address key questions regarding the functioning and productivity of tropical agroecosystems with emphasis in coffee, sun and shade-grown.

Work location:

The post-doc will be funded through the Postdoctoral Program of the University of Costa Rica. He/She will mostly be based between the Climate System Observation Laboratory of the School of Physics (LOSiC) and the Estación Experimental Fabio Baudrit, with field activities (when needed) at Finca La Hilda coffee farm in Poás in Costa Rica.

In close collaboration with:

Marco Gutiérrez of Estación Experimental Fabio Baudrit, Ana María Durán Quesada of School of Physics, LOSIC and the Center for Geophysical Research and Cristina Chinchilla from Centro de Investigación en Contaminación Ambiental (CICA).

Job duties:

A postdoctoral position is available to advance the objectives of the Carbon fluxes and water use efficiency in novel coffee agroecosystems project (CFLUX), including: integration of measurements across the soil-plant-atmosphere continuum in sun and shade-grown coffee fields, to synthesize available field data and assess the carbon, water and nutrient balance of innovative coffee agroecosystems in Costa Rica, collaborate with the PIs to publish results in high-impact scientific outlets; and collaborate to maximize the application and impact of the research

Required experience:

Ph.D. (awarded by start date) in Agrometeorology, Crop Science, Forestry, Ecophysiology, Atmospheric Sciences, Agricultural Sciences or Environmental Sciences. Proficient in environmental data analysis and modeling, evidence of strong scholarship, including demonstrated capacity to publish peer-reviewed publications and conduct field research. Full English proficiency. Enthusiasm and eagerness to contribute with outreach activities to promote an active integration between the academia and coffee farmers.

Preferred experience:

Demonstrated capacity to publish scientific papers in high impact journals. Capable of operating automatic field instrumentation (Eddy covariance, sap flow). Experience with meteorological and eco-physiological instrumentation and modeling. Willingness to interact with undergraduate and graduate students in an multi, inter and transdisciplinary environment. Interest in learning new monitoring and stable isotopes-based analytical techniques.


Applications will be accepted until a suitable candidate is found but not later than January 5th 2022, with an ideal start date in February 2022. Interviews will preferably occur late January. The initial appointment is of one year and is renewable for one additional year based on performance.

Aprox. Net monthly salary: $1.600 USD (paid in costa rican colones). Aprox. Yearly net stipend: $19.200 USD (paid in costa rican colones).

The working environment:

The postdoc will mostly be based between the LOSIC and the Estación Experimental Fabio Baudrit, with field activities at Finca La Hilda coffee farm in Poás in Costa Rica. The working team includes scientists from agriculture, environment, meteorology, and physics backgrounds as well as students from different areas, field technicians, and field workers and representatives of the productive sector.

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