Open Research Opportunities

(1) One Postdoctoral Researcher Position in Crop Yield Prediction using Satellite Images

Our interdisciplinary team at the University of Wisconsin seeks a postdoctoral scholar to apply novel remote sensing techniques to improve estimates of crop yields. Specifically, our project seeks to use geostationary (“weather”) satellites to monitor plant productivity at half-hourly time steps in U.S. agroecosystems, and to link these observations to crop yield using Machine Learning techniques. Two years of support is available at $56,000/year, negotiable. We seek an enthusiastic postdoctoral research associate and encourage applicants with a broad range of skills and experiences in biological, physical, and computer sciences. Experience with Python and remote sensing is preferred. The University of Wisconsin values diverse perspectives and is committed to supporting an inclusive and culturally diverse campus. We seek applicants from all backgrounds who will foster an inclusive learning environment.

If you are interested in applying, please send a (1) CV or resume, (2) contact information for three references, and (3)a one-page personal statement describing your scientific interests and career objectives in a single document to Dr. Zhou Zhang We encourage prospective applicants to visit the Digital Agriculture website at to learn more about laboratory research. The project start date is flexible and can begin as early as July 1, 2022. The University of Wisconsin offers a comprehensive benefits package for all employees. Please do not hesitate to write for more information, and please visit for links for more information about the University of Wisconsin and Madison, WI. The University of Wisconsin is an equal opportunity employer.

(2) Postdoctoral Researcher Positions in General (multiple positions are available):

The Digital Agriculture lab ( is recruiting a Postdoc Researcher at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Candidates with a research focus on one of the two areas: 1) High-throughput plant phenotyping using UAV multi-sensor data (hyperspectral, RGB, lidar); 2) develop machine learning models with satellite remote sensing data (e.g., hyperspectral, multispectral, high-resolution RGB, SAR) for precision agriculture, are strongly encouraged to apply. Ideal candidates would be with PhD degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Geography, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, and or other related disciplines. Demonstrated skills in scientific writing, publications, and communication. Salary is commensurate with candidate’s experience and UW-Madison provides competitive fringe benefits.

To apply, please email CV and a Cover Letter to Dr. Zhou Zhang at

PhD Positions:

We are looking for PhD students starting through the Department of Biological Systems Engineering, at University of Wisconsin-Madison. In addition to a waiver of tuition, the Research Assistant (RA) positions also provide your monthly stipend. Candidates with research experience in machine learning/deep learning, remote sensing, precision agriculture and UAVs are highly desired. Ideal candidates would be with M.S. or Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Agricultural/Biological Engineering, Civil Engineering, Geography or other related disciplines. Please check the admission requirements and application procedures at

Master and visiting students/scholars positions are also available. 

English Requirements

1) For PhD. RA positions, minimum scores are TOEFL: 80; IELTS: 6.5;
2) For visiting students/scholars (e.g. funded by CSC), minimum scores are TOEFL: 65 total with the speaking no less than 17; IETLS: 6 total with no portion less than 5

If you are interested in these opportunities, please send me your updated CV including your publications and English scores at