Postdoctoral Scholar

Description The Hughes Lab at Penn State is looking for a Postdoctoral Scholar to work on PlantVillage's mission of enabling better food security decision making using technology. The ideal candidate will be familiar with Kenyan agriculture and has experience on general crop diseases of Kenya farms. There is a strong advantage in speaking Swahil as the job requires extensive interaction with smallholder farmers across Kenya. The person is expected to be permanently based in Kenya where he/she will collect data from farms that are part of an existing EU Funded Project to increase food security. The project aims to collect ground truth data on crop diseases via smartphones and drones and relate that to satellite data to determine the extent to which satellite can determine crop disease status in a typical African farm setting. This project is collaborative with Dr. James Legg at the Institute for Tropical Agriculture and Dr. Nita Bharti at Penn State Biology. Opportunities exist to learn techniques in GIS and machine learning. The candidate will join a large consortium from CGIAR, FAO, Self Help Africa and Penn State working on a collaborative platform for global food security. Applicants are required to have a Ph.D. or equivalent doctorate in an appropriate field and be able to provide evidence that all requirements have been met for completion of the Ph.D. prior to the effective date of hire. This is a fixed-term position funded one year from date of hire with a good possibility of refunding. 82480
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