This position is a 100% Research appointment with Mississippi State University located at the Delta Research and Extension Center (DREC), National Center for Alluvial Aquifer Research (NCAAR) in Stoneville, MS, with an academic affiliation in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences at Mississippi State University. The incumbent will pursue an innovative and comprehensive program in agronomy focused on water use in agriculture with objectives considering scientific merit, practical needs of Mississippi producers, and the preservation of groundwater resources. The primary function of this position will be to develop, coordinate and implement research programs aimed at reducing irrigation needs of agronomic crops in the Mississippi Delta. The incumbent will work as part of a multidisciplinary team involved in research and extension related to water use in agricultural systems. In particular, the incumbent will conduct research on established technologies and practices that improve irrigation efficiency (i.e. computerized hole selection, surge valves, soil moisture sensors, etc.) and develop novel approaches to reduce the demand for irrigation in local agronomic crops.
The incumbent will develop and maintain close working relationships with producers and the agricultural industry, including commodity groups, governmental agencies, stakeholders, Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station (MAFES) researchers, MSU Extension specialists, Extension agents, and others. This interaction ensures that irrigation research programs are focused on the most pressing needs of stakeholders. The incumbent should have experience in irrigated row crop agricultural production and demonstrated, or potential for, excellence in research and scientific article publication as well as proficiency in extramural grant writing.
Applicants must submit an application online at www.explore.msujobs.msstate.edu. Applicants should submit the following documents: i) curriculum vitae (including statement of current position and responsibilities); i) academic transcripts; iii) a statement of research philosophy and research interests; and iv) three letters of reference online. For more information contact Dr. Drew Gholson email@example.com.
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An earned Ph.D. in plant and soil sciences, agronomy, or a closely related field from an accredited institution of higher learning. Individuals who are ABD (all but dissertation) will be considered. Acceptable candidate must have outstanding verbal and written communication skills, and be familiar with agricultural production, experimental design, and statistical analysis. Pursuit of extramural funding through grant proposals and collaborations is required.