The Department of Agronomy and Horticulture is seeking applications for a Post-Doctoral Research Associate based in Sidney or Scottsbluff, NE in the area of dryland cropping systems. The position is located in western Nebraska at the University of Nebraska’s Panhandle Research and Extension Center in Scottsbluff or the High Plains Agricultural Lab near Sidney. Alternate work locations with limited travel to Scottsbluff/Sidney may be considered for exceptional candidates.
This Post-Doctoral Research Associate will conduct research in the area of Cropping Systems and Applied Agronomy. This is a 12-month, 100% research, non-tenure leading position established for a period of one year. Continuation of the position beyond one year is dependent upon satisfactory performance and availability/ability to secure funding.
Recognizing that diversity within a context of inclusivity enhances creativity, innovation, impact, and a sense of belonging, the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources (IANR) and the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture are committed to creating learning, research, Extension programming, and work environments that are inclusive of all forms of human diversity. We actively encourage applications from and nominations of qualified individuals from underrepresented groups including racial and ethnic minorities, women, sexual minorities, persons living with disabilities, and veterans.
The incumbent will be conducting and publishing research in the areas of resource efficient crop management, determination of optimal cropping system practices in water-limited environments, synthesis of long-term datasets, and integration of multi-disciplinary data. Duties of the position include preparing and submitting manuscripts related to applied agronomic field studies and a number of existing datasets as well as conducting further research related to challenges of resource efficient cropping systems. It is expected that this candidate will publish in high-quality, high-impact peer-reviewed journals, participate in scientific meetings, and support the tri-partite mission of the Land Grant Institution. The incumbent will also be responsible for identifying novel areas of research and developing research grant proposals to fund new research projects in the semi-arid High Plains of Nebraska. Furthermore, the incumbent will assist in a supporting role to the ongoing efforts of the Nebraska State Variety Testing and Dryland Cropping Systems projects and Extension/Outreach events.
In addition to the above-described duties, the individual will be expected to accept committee assignments, reporting responsibilities, and other special ad hoc assignments as requested at the administrative unit, college/division, institute, and/or university level. The incumbent will mentor graduate students and undergraduate researchers, prepare learner- and stakeholder-centered publications and media.
To view details of the position and make application, go to http://employment.unl.edu, requisition F_210054. Click “Apply to this job” and complete the information form. Attach a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three professional references. Review of applications will begin May 28, 2021 and continue until the position is filled or the search is closed.
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Requirements for this position include a PhD in Crop Physiology, Crop Production, Agronomy, Soil Science/Fertility or related field with emphasis in applied field research; ability to manage, analyze, and prepare manuscripts based on a variety of data types and experimental designs; an understanding of crop production practices and physiology; demonstrated ability to publish original research in peer-reviewed journals; excellent written and verbal communication skills; and ability to communicate effectively across multi-disciplinary teams.
Preferred qualifications include a proven track record in securing competitive research grant funding; experience in evaluating long-term experimental data and conducting meta-analyses; experience in soil science or soil water conservation; proven skills in analyzing multivariate data; the ability to work well in a team and collaborative environment; background in mentoring; a strong interest in cropping system improvement, resource efficient management, and producing quality data to address critical problems for producers; and expertise in cross-disciplinary research, including plant physiology, soil science, water efficiency, etc.