The Department of Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville has an immediate opening for a postdoctoral researcher with expertise in soil health and agroecology. The main goal of this position is to understand the agronomic and ecological responses of soil health-building practices by leveraging the long-term field experiments in Tennessee. The selected candidate is also expected to establish new field experiments to investigate the ecosystem services from diverse and low-input cropping practices including organic farming.
Screening of the applications will begin immediately and will continue until a suitable candidate is identified. Candidates who are currently obtaining a Ph.D. will also be considered, but the degree must be conferred by December 2020.
Interested candidates should complete an online application and submit the following:
A letter of interest describing the applicant’s suitability for the position and research interests
For more details about the position, contact Drs. Sindhu Jagadamma (email: firstname.lastname@example.org) or Jaehoon Lee (email@example.com).
By the time of hire, the successful candidate should hold a Ph.D. in Soil Science, Agronomy, Soil Ecology, Environmental Science, or a closely related field with a specialization in carbon and nutrient cycling and microbial ecology. Applicants should possess excellent academic and research performance records and strong oral and written communication skills. Preference will be given to applicants with prior experience in one or more of the following: establishing agricultural field trials, designing and conducting experiments on carbon and nitrogen mineralization, troubleshooting analytical instruments including CN analyzers and Gas Chromatographs, and microbial community analysis. A demonstrated record of high-quality publications and grantsmanship are also very important criteria for selection. The position is based in Knoxville, TN but requires frequent travel to the experimental sites across Tennessee.