Conducts field research on soil organic carbon dynamics in relation to soil properties and processes; compares and validates measurements made by handheld and remote-sensing devices on soil properties; develops and validates models on soil organic carbon dynamics; cooperates with other researchers working on the project; prepares manuscripts for journal articles, book chapters, conference proceedings; makes presentations of findings at local, regional, and national meetings; and prepares project reports. The incumbent will work in cooperation with Microsoft and the CFAES Rattan Lal Center for Carbon Management and Sequestration (C-MASC) to develop a cost-effective and handheld device for in-situ determination of soil organic carbon and other key properties. There may be a possibility for renewal of the program with Microsoft, depending upon the progress of the development of the handheld device.
Experience in conducting research on soil properties, soil organic carbon, field experiments on soil management and agronomy, and lab analyses and field measurements of soil properties, and modeling soil organic carbon required.
Research experience and use of laboratory/field equipment is desired.
About CFAES Rattan Lal Center for Carbon Management and Sequestration, The Ohio State University
The CFAES Rattan Lal Center for Carbon Management and Sequestration (C-MASC) is located on The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. The mission of C-MASC is to provide comprehensive, interdisciplinary research on terrestrial carbon management and sequestration techniques and technologies in the fields of agriculture, forestry, agroecology, water management, bioenergy crops, nutrient cycling and waste management.
The goal of C-MASC is to provide accurate assessments of soil and biological carbon sequestration for climate change mitigation in order to improve basic scientific understanding on carbon cycling in terrestrial systems as well as to provide policy makers with relevant information on carbon cycling. A full list of peer-reviewed publications, chapters, books, and oral and poster presentations by C-MASC researchers can be found here.
Research techniques include soil physical, chemical, and biological assessment; GIS mapping and prediction; soil quality indexing; lifecycle assessment; X-ray and mass spectroscopy methods; regional and global carbon assessments; etc.
Contact: Program Coordinator Maggie Willis email@example.com