Postdoctoral Scholar in Perennial Grain Cropping Systems
The Ohio State University
Location: Wooster, Ohio
Type: Full Time
Internal Number: R73038
The Ohio State University invites applications for a postdoctoral research position focused on perennial grain cropping systems in Ohio. As part of two USDA-funded projects, this position will bridge organic and non-organic field research with environmental and enterprise budget data from several field sites located across the US. The main crop of interest is Kernza, a perennial grain crop that is actively being bred for both grain and forage. The initial appointment is for 1 year and renewable based on satisfactory job performance.
Collate, analyze and synthesize data from several established field experiments
Evaluate and quantify the environmental (climate and soil) and agronomic drivers of perennial grain crop performance
Evaluate the relationship of soil health and nutrient budgets with crop performance and environmental quality in perennial grain crop systems.
Create enterprise budgets for modalities of perennial grain crop systems, including dual-use for grain and forage; nutrient (N, P, and K) input source, time, and rates; manure amendment; and legume intercropping.
Write scholarly journal articles reporting main findings of field experiments.
Play collaborative role in coordinating research efforts across multiple states and institutions
Contribute to on-farm research efforts to engage with producers.
Help with management and maintenance of perennial grain crops field experiments
80% Data analysis and writing
10% Data stewardship and stakeholder engagement
10% Collection of field data and plant and soil samples
PhD. in ecology, agronomy, soil science or related field
Demonstrated experience with statistical analysis and publication of field-based datasets
Ability to travel at state level to conduct experiments and engage with stakeholders, and nationally to participate in conferences and meetings.