Research Support Specialist I/Greenhouse Energy Modeling Specialist Section of Horticulture, School of Integrative Plant Science College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Ithaca, NY
The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is a pioneer of purpose-driven science and Cornell University's second largest college. We work across disciplines to tackle the challenges of our time through world-renowned research, education and outreach. The questions we probe and the answers we seek focus on three overlapping concerns: natural and human systems; food, energy and environmental resources; and social, physical and economic well-being.
Cornell's Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) group focuses on developing methods to understand and enhance the sustainability of plant production in indoor growing environments to support commercial production for local food systems. The group uses mathematical modeling approaches to manipulate and understand plant response to the growing environment and associated impacts on energy and water. This position requires an experienced engineer/computer scientist to develop, test, and critically analyze models for energy and water consumption in diverse CEA production environments. The incumbent will use model simulation, published literature, and analytical analysis to compare the energy and water footprint of metropolitan CEA production to field production for select produce items as part of a National Science Foundation project.
Work independently to research, develop, and test novel software models to calculate energy and water use of diverse CEA environments for select crops.
Use ray-tracing methodology to simulate light distribution in skyscraper farms.
Develop software models of energy use in transportation and cold storage of produce.
Simulate energy and water footprints of select crops produced in field vs. metropolitan CEA production environments.
Integrate embedded systems with sensors to collect and analyze environmental data for model calibration and validation.
Train and supervise student computer programming assistants.
Prepare and present oral reports and written reports for both internal and external audiences.
Work closely with an active, diverse research group and contribute to program planning through weekly laboratory meetings and monthly project meetings.
This is a one-year term appointment with possible renewal contingent on funding and performance.
Bachelor's degree or equivalent in engineering, physics, computer science, or closely related field; and two to three years' experience in computer programming, software engineering and/or mathematical modeling.
Strong analytical and quantitative skills.
Proficient in programming languages (such as C/C++, Python, Go)
Familiarity with computer graphics, machine learning, and environmental control systems
Experience with data collection and control using embedded systems (such as Arduino or Raspberry Pi)
Committed to excellence and to nurturing a positive environment for learning and research productivity.
Well organized and detail oriented.
Ability to work in a team environment as well as independently to accomplish required tasks to achieve departmental objectives.
Able to multi-task.
Must have and maintain and valid and unrestricted NYS drivers license.
Able to travel occasionally (approximately 7 times per year) to meetings and/or field sites.
Effective written communication including preparation of written reports for project sponsors.
Ability to create an inclusive and respectful work environment, to work as a team and independently to achieve departmental and university goals.
Experience with analysis tools such as Matlab, Excel, or statistical packages
Experience energy modeling using eQuest/DOE2 or EnergyPlus software
Prior supervisory and training experience helpful.
Visa Sponsorship is not available for this position.
Relocation assistance will not be provided for this position.
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