Cropping Systems Scientist/Modeller (APSIM)

With our changing climate, the sustainability of our planet and primarily our food resources is a problem growing exponentially for all of us. The team at Regrow is on a mission to give farmers and food growers around the world valuable insights to optimize their growing conditions in pursuit of solving crop failures and food shortages. How are we going to take on this audacious challenge? With science and a vision to solve how a land mass behaves to cool the earth. We’re currently monitoring 155 million acres of land in over 45 countries, so we’re on our way to a more sustainable planet. With this, we have a beautiful group of customer fans who are industry leaders and we’re looking for a Cropping Systems Scientist/Modeller (APSIM) to be the technical expert in extracting more value out of our technical tools and models for our customers. Check us out on TEDx and TechCrunch for a preview of what we can do for our customers.

In this key role, you will have an opportunity to:

  • Work with the APSIM science and remote sensing science teams to develop and implement algorithms that will help improve soil-crop management practices nationally and internationally (focus on US, Australia, and LATAM, plus expanding into EU)
  • Develop and implement algorithms that predict crop growth, yield and soil health / environmental impacts in agricultural systems; here you will have a chance to work at the cutting edge - bringing together crop and soil models for yield, soil organic carbon and ecosystem outcomes assessment
  • Develop automated workflows and techniques for quantification of crop model uncertainties
  • Work with customers' data to evaluate the APSIM model accuracy in simulations of crop productivity in key agricultural systems worldwide
  • Research the affects of integrating cover crops into farming systems on nutrient recovery and recycling soil carbon, as well as reduced yield risks demonstrating mitigation of the impacts of climate change on agriculture
  • Work closely and guide the engineering and product to develop model-scaling approaches that would allow the decision support tools based on APSIM to be used across multiple crop types and in multiple geographies as well as across scales (from field level to regional scale).
  • Assist with the development of case studies and reports by providing insight into soil health and crop and soil processes modeled by APSIM

To be successful in this role, we will expect:

  • M.S. or Ph.D Degree in agronomy, crop science, agricultural science/engineering, sustainability, environmental science or related fields
  • Extensive soil and crop modeling experience (preferably using APSIM)
  • Experience in modeling yield and productivity resilience based on soil and environmental drivers
  • Excellent programming skills in Python
  • Strong team experience and capabilities to work with a variety of backgrounds, including software engineers, scientists and business teams
  • The ability to translate your technical knowledge into insights accessible for our team and our customers

In addition, we would appreciate (you don't have to have these, but if you do, it's a bonus!):

  • Experience with Linux/Unix, cloud computing
  • Experience with open-source geospatial libraries, e.g. GDAL, OGR, Fiona, Shapely
  • Interest in regenerative agriculture, sustainability, soil carbon cycling
  • Experience developing applications independently, as well as in a team
  • Experience with software development life cycle
  • Strong focus and desire to understand and meet customer needs, adjusting the models to meet the real world requirements

And if you have these, you will thrive at Regrow:

  • Passion about delivering value to customers and solving messy real-world problems
  • The ability to organize yourself and others in an unstructured environment
  • Preference to operating in an open/honest work environment
  • A love of learning
  • A desire to have a positive impact on something greater than you can achieve alone, being a part of the team, which is changing the world

Does this sound like your dream job? If so, go ahead and apply for the position and we’ll be in touch. We appreciate your interest in Regrow.

While it may go without saying once you see the diversity on our current team, we encourage diversity on our team at all levels of the company. We are committed to fostering a diverse, inclusive environment and to encourage these values in everyone on our team. We provide an environment of mutual respect where opportunities are available without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy (including childbirth, lactation and related medical conditions), national origin, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information (including characteristics and testing), military and veteran status, and any other characteristic protected by applicable law. We believe that diversity and inclusion for people from all walks of life is key to our success as a company.

 

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