This is a 100% Research, 12-month, non-tenure-track, faculty appointment, at Texas A&M AgriLife Research-Vernon; academic appointment with the Department of Rangeland, Wildlife, and Fisheries Management at Texas A&M University in College Station, TX. Texas A&M AgriLife Research, an agency of the Texas A&M University System, has 400 scientific FTEs at 13 regional Research Centers and campus.
General Duties and Responsibilities: Develop economically viable solutions that improve natural resources, improve production, decrease inputs, or improve environmental integrity. The AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Vernon is seeking an outstanding scientist specializing in Regenerative System Ecology focused on strengthening and securing livestock production systems to join a multi-disciplinary research center, with faculty expertise in livestock nutrition, plant physiology, breeding, geospatial hydrology, soil sciences, ag economics, cropping systems, and other regenerative disciplines.
Research should focus on regenerative and responsive agriculture, ecosystem and environmental biology, soil health and fertility, plant health and production, and biodiversity. This individual should be an inter-disciplinary scientist who can use multiple approaches including UAS imaging technologies, soil measurements, GHG emissions, ecosystem management, and plant microbe interactions. This position requires coordinating research on complex biological problems, effective management of technical support staff, strong written and oral communication skills, and a desire to push the scientific envelope. The individual will be expected to develop and implement a successful research program, build collaborations, obtain external funding, publish results in peer reviewed journal, recognize intellectual property, and collaborate with Extension.
Excellent research facilities exist at both Vernon and College Station. The Vernon Center maintains the necessary field locations, UAS equipment, field equipment, and irrigation.
Location and Area Served: Texas A&M AgriLife Research at Vernon, TX. Primarily serving the Texas Rolling Plains and Southern Great Plains; also partnering with scientists at other universities, agencies, neighboring states, and region as appropriate.
Administrative Relationships: The scientist will report to the Center Director at Texas A&M AgriLife Research-Vernon, who will conduct an annual performance evaluation with participation by the Head of the Department of Rangeland, Wildlife, and Fisheries Management. Promotion decisions are the joint responsibility of the Center Director; Department Head of Rangeland, Wildlife, and Fisheries Management; and the Director of Texas A&M AgriLife Research; and will conform to the policies and procedures of the agency, the Department, and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences for the Texas A&M University System.
Closing Date for Applications: June 24, 2021 or until filled. Date Position is Available: September 1, 2021 or later
Texas A&M AgriLife Research is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer.
The applicant will have an earned Ph.D., at time of appointment, in ecosystem management, ecology, grazing management, livestock production or related field. Excellent verbal and written communication skills to effectively communicate with faculty, students, and staff. Ability to multitask and work cooperatively with others.
Preferred Experience: Post-doctoral research experience, UAS, and remote sensing knowledge are desirable.
Internal Number: R-037613
About Texas A&M AgriLife Research
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.