Two postdoctoral researcher positions are available immediately in the Department of Agronomy, Horticulture and Plant Science (AHPS) at South Dakota State University (SDSU) for assessing the impacts of soils and crop management practices on soils and environmental quality. The positions are funded through the USDA-NIFA and NRCS. One position will focus on the application of X-ray computed tomography (CT) technique for analyzing soil pore parameters, and process-based models such as HYDRUS, SWAT, APEX, or DAYCENT for simulating management impacts at field and regional scales. Another position will focus primarily on analyzing soil health indicators under different land uses.
Selected candidates will have opportunity to collaborate with the highly expert modeling team in different universities, and if required, candidates will be encouraged to attend training/workshops provided by model professionals. Candidate will be encouraged to attend (at least one per year) professional meetings/workshops, and/or any other relevant meetings to present their research. Candidates will have the opportunity to develop their own research ideas within the project goals. Salary will be based on the experience.
This position will be appointed on yearly basis, with the possibility of renewal up to two to three years based on performance and funding availability. Interested students should send the following documents in a single PDF File to Dr. Sandeep Kumar, Associate Professor of Soil Biophysics and Management, Department of AHPS, SDSU through email at Sandeep.Kumar@sdstate.edu:
a letter of research interests (prior field and experience and professional goals related to the position)
list of three names of the references.
Review of candidates will begin immediately and continue until a suitable candidate is hired. It is anticipated that the selected candidate/s will begin on January, 2021 though earlier or later employment will also be considered.
An earned doctorate by date of hire in soil science, agricultural engineering, agronomy, hydrology, environmental science or closely related field is required.
Experience and training in soil and water quality sampling.
Ability to effectively communicate in oral and written formats.
Must have a driver’s license or be ability to obtain one.
Experience in statistical analyses using SAS and/or R software.
Skills in GIS and remote sensing, process-based modeling, and computer programming.
Strong publication record in refereed journals.
Experience obtaining extramural funding and mentoring graduate and/or undergraduate students.
About South Dakota State University
SDSU is a land grant institution and the state’s largest institution of higher education. Ranked as the Number 2 best place to work in South Dakota by Forbes, South Dakota State University is the state’s largest, most comprehensive university with more than 200 programs and an enrollment of approximately 12,000 students.
SDSU offers a rich academic experience in an environment of inclusion and access through inspired, student-centered education, creative activities and research, innovation and engagement that improve the quality of life in South Dakota, the region, the nation and the world. Its employees embrace the university’s core values of being people-centered, expanding knowledge through creativity, embracing organizational and personal integrity, commitment to diversity, and excellence through continuous improvement.
As the state’s 1862 Morrill Act land-grant institution, the work of the university is carried out on its main resident campus in Brookings, at sites in Sioux Falls, Pierre, Rapid City, Aberdeen, and through Extension offices and Agricultural Experiment Station research sites across South Dakota.
SDSU was recognized as one of 54 institutions in the United ...States as an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities in 2014. The university’s total research expenditures are greater than $60 million. SDSU is the state’s first High Research Activity institution as classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
The Department of Agronomy, Horticulture and Plant Science includes over 37 faculty whose expertise spans the fields of agronomy, entomology, genetics/breeding, horticulture, plant pathology, plant physiology, precision agriculture, seed science, soil science, and weed science. The department has a robust research program that consistently ranks at or near the top of departments at SDSU. Dissemination of science-based knowledge is a core mission of the department. Our faculty Extension Specialists and Field Specialists provide an effective structure for meeting this mission. In Academic Programs, the department provides nationally competitive training for undergraduate students leading to B.S. degrees in Agronomy, Horticulture, and Precision Agriculture. The department also offers a strong graduate training environment leading to M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in plant science and biological sciences.
Jackrabbits Athletics competes as a NCAA Division I member, with membership in the Missouri Valley Football Conference, the Summit League and the Big XII for wrestling.
The Dakota Lakes Research Farm is owned by a not-for-profit (501 C-3) corporation created by area farmers, businesses, and commodity groups. The original mission statement of the corporation was and still is:
The Dakota Lakes Research Farm is to have as its primary mission the conducting of projects designed to research, identify, and demonstrate the best methods of stabilizing the agricultural economy through promoting agricultural diversity, increasing production efficiency, minimizing negative environmental effects, maintaining soil productivity, and developing techniques to mitigate biological stress effects.
The property consists of approximately 1,000 acres of owned and rented land located adjacent to Lake Sharpe on the Missouri River. A portion (250 acres) of the Main Station is irrigated using three lateral-move and one center-pivot irrigator. The remainder of the land is managed without irrigation and is used for diverse crop production or pastures. The entire operation has been under low-disturbance, no-till practices since its inception in 1990 and is recognized as a leader in developing the techniques used in what is now known as regenerative agriculture. The facility has a modern maintenance facility, newly refurbished office spaces, a small dry laboratory, an area for sample processing, a storage building, and numerous grain storage structures. The machinery line is modern and is used to conduct field scale research and manage all areas of the farm. A beef cattle herd has been integrated into the operation since 2015. Small plot seeders and harvesters are brought to the property by individual project leaders. This resource is supplied to South Dakota State University to use for research purposes. SDSU supplies the Research Manager, three technicians, and a secretary to provide support for the research projects being conducted there. The DLRF Corporation web site is www.dakotalakes.com.
Pierre, SD is a community of approximately 14,000 located on the Missouri River in the geographic center of the state. The city has an excellent K-12 education system, is accessible to major medical facilities, has an active cultural and social environment, and has numerous lakes and parks within driving distance. The seat of Hughes County as well as the state capital, it is a friendly community whose tree-lined streets, historic downtown and lush green parks give way to rolling hills and steep bluffs as the county spreads east into the state’s expansive plains. It is less than a three-hour drive to the Rapid City, the Black Hills and Badlands, or to Sioux Falls. There are daily jet flights to Denver.