Postdoctoral Scholar Soil Fertility, Nutrient Management and Precision Agriculture
The Department of Plant Science at The Pennsylvania State University invites applications for a Postdoctoral Scholar position working in the areas of soil fertility, nutrient management, soil health and precision agriculture. The successful candidate will work collaboratively with faculty, students, and staff in the Soil Fertility and Nutrient Management Lab and across other lab groups to advance sustainable and economical management of soils and nutrients in agronomic production systems. The position will have a primary responsibility to manage on-farm research trials in locations across Pennsylvania to assess new and emerging tools for improving nitrogen (N) fertilizer rate decisions in corn. These tools include a prototype N recommendation system that credits N availability from cover crops and soil organic matter, sensor-based N management, and the use of simulation models to adjust N recommendations based on in-season weather. The candidate will work closely with farmer collaborators, the faculty advisor, technical staff, and students to design the experiments, manage field operations, collect data, and synthesize results for scientific publication and dissemination through Extension outlets. Within the framework of the research trials, the postdoctoral scholar will have the flexibility, resources, and encouragement to design and embed their own research questions of interest. In addition, the Postdoctoral Scholar will be encouraged to develop collaborations with other existing and emerging projects in the lab group and with affiliated labs. The position will offer an opportunity for mentorship from a diverse group of faculty at Penn State, interactions across academic, governmental, and Non-Governmental Organization institutions in the whole Chesapeake Bay region, the opportunity to participate in grant writing, and the opportunity to help mentor graduate and undergraduate students in their research and careers. The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in soil science, agronomy, biogeochemistry, ecology, agricultural engineering or a related discipline. The ability to communicate effectively, to provide leadership, to contribute to the land-grant mission of the University, and to relate to a diverse population of faculty, staff, students, and stakeholders is essential. Applications received by May 1, 2020 will receive full consideration. Candidates should provide a curriculum vitae, copies of transcripts, a list of three references, and a cover letter describing their interests and qualifications for the position. This position requires that you operate a motor vehicle as a part of your job duties. The position will require significant travel to field sites around Pennsylvania, occasionally necessitating extended work hours and/or overnight trips. A valid driver's license and successful completion of a motor vehicle records check will be required in addition to standard background checks. Questions can be directed to: Dr. Charlie White, Assistant Professor of Soil Fertility and Nutrient Management, 410 Agricultural Sciences and Industries Building, University Park, PA 16802; 814-863-1016; firstname.lastname@example.org.
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