Job Summary

Purdue University Institute for Plant Sciences looks for an inspired, energetic Post-doc to join the phenotyping facilities at Purdue University.

Location: AgAlumni Seed Phenotyping Facility (AAPF), West Lafayette, IN

Specific responsibilities of the position:

  • Coordinate the development of optimal operation procedures that enable efficient, consistent, and safe operation of the Xray-CT imaging system at AAPF
  • Implement/fine-tune segmentation algorithms for root systems of multiple species in various potting media; create critical and novel phenotypic root traits in plants of various species to facilitate and enable assessment of plant root growth and performance under different environmental conditions
  • Collaborate with the managers of AAPF to coordinate data collection events using the Xray CT system; coordinate with team members in managing and processing the acquired data  
  • Work as one of the focal-point persons in delivering data (raw and processed data) to customers of the facility
  • Work individually or as a team member in projects with academic and industry partners. Conduct applied scientific research with the projects

Required qualifications:

  • Ph.D. degree in computer science, electronic engineering, information technology, computational biology, agricultural and biosystem engineering and other relevant background with proven hands-on experience in image analysis, machine vision, and/or machine learning
  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills to work with plant biologists, IT support team, engineers and algorithm developers

Preferred qualifications:

  • Strong experience in image analysis and machine vision techniques
  • Knowledge modern machine learning techniques, such as deep learning and reinforcement learning methods
  • Knowledge and experiences in multiple programming languages and platforms (e.g. Matlab, ImageJ, Python, C/C++, etc.)

Salary and Benefits: Salary commensurate with experience.  Fringe benefits also provided.

Application Procedure: Qualified persons are requested to send a letter of application including a 1-page (maximum) statement of research goals, curriculum vitae, 1 representative example of their scholarly work, and the names and contact information for three references electronically to Dr. Yang Yang, Director of Digital Phenomics, via:

internal applicant link – or

external applicant link –

Purdue Institute for Plant Sciences information is available at:

Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer.  All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.


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