Thursday, March 16, 2017

Post Doctoral position in Precision Agriculture available!

One (1) Post Doctoral Fellow position is available immediately in Cropping Systems Agronomy Program led by Dr. Olga Walsh. For more information on the program, please go to Idaho Crops & Soils Blog.

The incumbent will be responsible for implementing established protocols and creating new methodologies for sensor-based nutrient management for Idaho crops and assisting in fertilizer and water use efficiency studies. The individual will be responsible for intensive soil, plant biomass and grain sampling to monitor background soil nutrient levels and keeping detailed records of plant growth, development and productivity throughout the growing season. The incumbent is expected to work independently and accurately, while reporting to and consulting with the PI, on every aspect of research. Responsibilities include but are not limited to 1) establishing and maintaining fertilizer and water response studies across the state of Idaho, 2) working with crop producers on establishing on-farm small-scale experiments, 3) systematically collecting crop canopy reflectance measurements, as well as variety of plant growth-related data using hand-held crop sensors, 4) assisting in collecting data using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), 5) develop novel precision nutrient management methodologies using a comprehensive multi-disciplinary approach. Production of several original research manuscripts as well as extension-outreach materials is a strong expectation for this position – the incumbent is expected to design experiments, enter and analyze data, summarize data for annual reports, review literature, and prepare manuscripts for publication. The individual is expected to assist in writing grant proposals independently and in cooperation with the PI, and present research results at the state, regional, or national professional meetings when funding is available and allowed by the PI. The scientist will be under the direction of UI faculty and will be expected to work in collaboration with other scientists, scientific aides, research staff, growers, workers, and graduate student(s) in the program. The individual is responsible to supervise workers at times and report every aspect of his/her activities to the program director.


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.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Interest in – and experience with – precision agriculture tools such as sensor-based technologies, crop sensors, irrigated crop production systems. We are looking for highly driven, enthusiastic skilled professional, focused on high-quality outcomes such as grant-fund acquisition and publications.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Ability to lift, carry, or otherwise move 50 pounds. Ability to work outside for long periods of time under inclement weather conditions.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS: In addition to completing the online application, please write a one-page cover letter specifically addressing how you meet each of the minimum qualifications, as well as any preferred qualifications. Also, please provide a resume/CV and names and contact information for three (3) professional references.

Applicants who are selected as final possible candidates must be able to pass a criminal background check.