Salary will be $50,000 to $60,000/yr plus benefits, depending on qualifications and experience. The position will remain open until filled.
Internal Number: 506497
The Department of Plant and Soil Sciences at Mississippi State University is currently seeking a postdoctoral researcher who possesses a strong background in agronomy, plant science, soil science or related background. The ideal candidate will demonstrate a keen interest in utilizing agricultural practices to mitigate climate change.
Salary will be $50,000 to $60,000/yr plus benefits, depending on qualifications and experience. The position will remain open until filled, but a start date in August 2023 is anticipated.
This is a one-year appointment serving at the pleasure of the Hartwig Chair of Soybean Agronomy. The position is funded by a USDA Climate Smart Partnerships award and is contingent on available funding. Continuance is subject to a 3-month evaluation. Primary responsibilities will be on-farm greenhouse gas (GHG) data collection related to row crop cultural practice changes in Mississippi. There are opportunities to work on other research projects, Extension programming, and teaching at the graduate and undergraduate levels.
The primary project involves GHG (CO2, CH4, and N2O) data collection using LiCor survey chambers and multiplexed chambers at several on-farm locations in Mississippi, and harmonizing data collection with co-PIs at the University of Arkansas, Alcorn State University, crop consultants, economists, and modelers. Quarterly reporting to the USDA is required.
Weekly planning meetings will provide guidance on critical tasks, including prioritization of tasks. Incumbent will work closely with our Research Associate and supervise interim workers, student workers, and graduate students. Travel to research and demonstration locations throughout Mississippi will be required. Occasional overnight travel may be required. A Mississippi Pesticide Applicator’s license is required within 60 days of hire.
Duration: 1+ Years
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Specific duties include, but are not limited to:
Procurement of equipment and supplies
Establishment, implementation, and maintenance of field, greenhouse, and laboratory research
Collect, record, and summarize research data and maintain records
Equipment operation, maintenance, and modification
Information dissemination, including USDA reporting
Maintain budgeting on the project
Publish in the peer-reviewed and Extension literature, and
Perform other tasks as necessary under the direction of the principal investigator.
The position will be located on the main campus of Mississippi State University. Salary commensurate with abilities and experience.
MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy, gender identity, status as a U.S. veteran, and/or any other status protected by applicable law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.
Earned PhD in agronomy, soil science or related discipline
Proven publication record
Statistical analysis skills using R, SAS, or other appropriate methods
Ability to think critically, ask questions, and work well with others
A can-do attitude
A hands-on, common-sense approach to problems
Excellent planning skills (weekly work schedules, research prioritization, etc.)
Detail oriented and well organized
Ability to work in all weather, particularly heat
Ability to occasionally lift 50-lb bags (e.g., fertilizer and seed)
A valid US driver’s license
Experience with GHG data collection and analyses
Experience with crop production
Supervision of personnel and mentorship of students
Ability to operate or maintain farm equipment
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Have a strong background in agronomy, soil science or related discipline.