Postdoctoral Research Associate in Cropping Systems Agronomy
University of Idaho, Parma Research & Extension Center
The Cropping Systems Agronomy Program at the University of Idaho, Parma Research & Extension Center is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate. The research program under direction of Dr. Olga Walsh is focused on field- and greenhouse-based experiments, with an emphasis on issues of relevance to semi-arid cropping systems. Research topics include, but not limited to, plant nutrition and fertilizer management, irrigation water management, crop physiology (nutrient and water use efficiency), cropping system diversification (crop rotations, cover crops), and remote sensing and other precision sensing methodologies for sustainable crop (wheat, barley, sugar beets, beans, corn, onions, potatoes, etc) production. A recently completed PhD in one of these or a related field is required.
The person filling this position will fulfill several essential roles in the program. He/she will help implement current research projects, including field, greenhouse, and lab work. This will require a strong and relevant research background, attention to detail, ability to safely drive and perform work with a truck, some heavy lifting, and working outdoors. The incumbent will be responsible for summary and interpretation of experimental data. This will require analytical and critical thinking skills, knowledge of standard statistical procedures (SAS, R, etc.), and proficiency with Microsoft Office and scientific graphics programming.
He/she will be responsible for writing and assembling manuscripts for submission to high quality peer-reviewed journals. Working with the project leader, the successful applicant will be expected to develop new research projects and writing proposals.
Interest in (and experience with) precision agriculture tools such as sensor-based technologies, crop and soil sensors, and irrigated crop production systems is a plus. We are looking for a highly driven, enthusiastic skilled professional, focused on high-quality outcomes.
Application: Please send CV and contact information of three professional references to Dr. Olga Walsh, Associate Professor, Cropping Systems Agronomy, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Education: Ph.D. degree in Agronomy, Plant Science, Soil Science, or closely related field, preferably with an emphasis on sustainable crop production.
Research Experience: Experience with conducting field studies in fertilizer and water use for improved crop yield and quality.
The position requires both applied field research work AND grant-writing and manuscript publishing skills.
Ability to publish research journal articles related to research efforts in a timely manner. Ability to give full attention to tasks at hand.
Demonstrated excellent verbal and written communication skills. Demonstrated ability to work independently and in a group
Additional Salary Information: Depending on experience.
About University of Idaho, Parma R&E Center
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