Institution Name: Division of Agriculture of the University of Arkansas
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture is a state wide campus, with faculty based on University campuses, at Research and Extension Centers and in every Arkansas county. It consists of the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station (AES) and the Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service (CES), and is home to more than 1400 employees. The Division was established in 1959 and is headed by the Vice-President for Agriculture. The Division headquarters is located in Little Rock with the rest of the University of Arkansas System Administration. As an employer, the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers a vibrant work environment and a workplace culture that promotes a healthy work-life balance.
Type of Position: Research
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Department: Crops, Soils and Environmentals Sciences
Summary of Job Duties: The Soil Health Ecologist - Post Doctoral Fellow is a full-time salaried position in the Department of Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences located at the main campus oin Fayetteville, AR. The position is jointly funded by USDA-NRCS and the Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service with guaranteed funding for three years. The position will work with a team of extension specialists and research scientists to conduct ?eld research and develop/deliver extension programs aimed at helping agricultural producers including those that manage row crops, grazing lands and horticultural crops to improve soil health. The position will lead the biological and ecological portion of the research and extension programming associated with existing Division programs such as Discovery Farms, the Soil Health Demonstration program for row crops, commodity crop research veri?cation programs (especially cotton), soil health for grazing lands, and other on-farm research and educational programs. The position is envisioned to use 50% of the appointment for on-farm, applied research and 50% for extension programming. The position will be working closely with the Arkansas Soil Health Partnership, which includes the Division, State NRCS, the Arkansas Association of Conservation Districts and the non-profit, farmer-led, Arkansas Soil Health Alliance. Additionally, the position will lead joint trainings of County Agents and NRCS ?eld personnel on the role of soil ecology in soil health and soil productivity. The position will develop peer-reviewed journal articles, reports, fact sheets, workshops, management guides, training agendas and other research and educational products.
Will lead soil health ecology research and extension efforts associated with the Arkansas Soil Health Partnership by developing on-farm, applied research co-designed with farmers from the Arkansas Soil Health Alliance and Soil Health team members from within the Division. The position will develop and deliver an extension program on the importance of soil microbiology and ecology on soil health and productivity. The position will work with NRCS to evaluate conservation practice effect on soil ecology and review and or develop information related to soil health. The position will support county-based education by training and supporting county agents.
Skills: Excellent written & verbal communication skills. Proficency in computer software and applications. Proficiency in designing, conducting and synthesizing field research. A high level of technical competence in the area of responsibility, understanding soil ecology and microbiology with respect to soil health and crop production. An aptitude to translate research into practical guidelines for production agriculture. Desire to develop & deliver quality extension programming. Demonstrated competence in statistical analysis and interpretation is an essential qualication for consideration and success in this position. Capacity to exercise initiative, make sound judgments, & work without close supervision. Ability to relate & respond to the needs of supervisors, subordinates, & clientele.
Required: A Post-Doctoral Associate requires a Ph.D. degree in Soil Science, Agronomy, Biology, Ecology or closely related subject matter degree with demonstrated competence to independently implement on-farm research with respect to soil ecology and health.
Preferred Quali?cations: On-farm, ?eld experience working directly with agricultural producers to improve soil health and productivity and experience in metagenomic analysis for translating communities into soil health indicators is preferred. Grants management and/or writing experience is highly preferred. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills is preferred. Demonstrated competence in statistical analysis and interpretation is highly preferred.
Telecommuting is allowed.
Internal Number: R0001412
About University of Arkansas System Divsion of Agriculture
The Department of Crop, Soil, and Environmental Sciences is one of nine academic departments in DBCAFLS and the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, along with the School of Human Environmental Sciences. Resident Instruction is provided by 15 faculty members at the Fayetteville campus with approximately 140 undergraduate majors and 60 graduate students. An additional 16 research and Extension faculty serve clientele at various Research and Extension Centers strategically located around the state. The Department offers Bachelor’s degrees in Crop Science and Environmental, Soil, and Water Sciences along with Master’s and Doctoral degrees.
More information regarding the Department of Crop, Soil, and Environmental Sciences, the University of Arkansas, and the surrounding community can be obtained by visiting the website: https://crop-soil-environmental-sciences.uark.edu/.