We seek an applied soil management specialist to provide an extension and research program supporting cropping system decisions, including tillage, and application of spatial technologies for major field crops in eastern North Carolina (coastal plain). The appointment will be 70% extension and 30% research. The research and extension focus of this position, located at the Vernon James Research Station (Plymouth, NC), will include both research station and on-farm field trials. A geospatial component to soil management is essential as digital tools and technologies are emerging rapidly. As cropping systems change, new spatial technologies will require applied research and extension to ensure best soil management for optimal crop yields and economic return while safeguarding soil health and water quality. Additionally, salt water intrusion and flooding effects on soil productivity are and will be an increasingly important part of this position. Other emerging issues such as carbon sequestration and effects of conservation tillage systems require research and extension as carbon markets are developing and being marketed to farmers in this region.
This position is critical because 90% of all crop production occurs in the Coastal Plain and farmers need targeted research to increase crop yields and maintain or build soil productivity, particularly in these organic soils that are experiencing subsidence. This position will provide leadership in the development and delivery of geospatial recommendations to support existing extension programs related to variety selection, pest management, and other cultural practices. Additionally, this position will join interdisciplinary teams of scientists in the Plant Sciences Initiative focusing in areas like plant improvement and data-driven plant science.
A PhD in soil science, environmental science or a related field is required.
Internal Number: PG190505EP
About NC State University, Crop and Soil Sciences Department
The Crop and Soil Sciences Department works on principles and practices integral to the development of sustainable agricultural systems. Multi-disciplinary research investigates soils and agro-ecological processes underlying the functioning of sustainable systems. Communication with the agricultural community is integral to the definition of research problems and the transfer of technology.