A postdoctoral position is available at Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Amarillo, TX to study water use efficiency in various vegetable production systems, primarily tomato, and melons. Production systems will include open field drip irrigation, center pivot sprinkler irrigation, center pivot mobile drip irrigation, and high tunnel production. Specific research objectives will involve 1) quantifying soil-plant water relations, economic yield, water use efficiency and total water use for high value specialty crops produced under different irrigation production systems, and 2) examine the effect of the different irrigation systems on root growth and development. The postdoctoral associate will be expected to collect data and evaluate field experiments in the selected vegetable systems that will result in timely preparation and submission of manuscripts to peer-reviewed journals and presentations at national scientific meetings. The scientist will be expected to work collaboratively with a group of multidisciplinary researchers in Amarillo and around the state, supervise technical staff, graduate students and student workers, and engage with the public through outreach when appropriate. The successful candidate will participate in development and coordination of competitive grant proposals and have the opportunity for presentation of guest lectures in the Department of Agricultural Sciences at West Texas A&M University, Canyon, TX.
The successful candidate will hold a Ph.D. in Horticulture, Agronomy, or a related discipline, with emphasis on abiotic stress and plant/soil/water relations in vegetable production systems and have extensive experience in design, execution, and analyses of field research on vegetable production systems. The successful candidate will have excellent written and oral communication skills as evidenced by publication record and presentations at professional meetings.
Texas A&M AgriLife Research is the state’s premier research and technology development agency in agriculture, natural resources, and the life sciences. Headquartered in College Station, AgriLife Research has a statewide presence, with scientists and research staff on other Texas A&M University System campuses and at the 13 regional Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Centers. We conduct more than 500 projects each year, with more than $202.5 million in research funding for fiscal year 2015. AgriLife Research helps to improve the productivity, efficiency, and profitability of agriculture. At the same time, we focus on conserving natural resources and protecting the environment.