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Apply now Department: 3670045020 Carl Melinda Helwig Dpt BioAgE
Job no: 513295
Employment type: Post Doc (Term)
Location: Manhattan, Kansas
Categories: Engineering
Pay Grade: 001

About This Role:

We are looking for a Postdoctoral researcher with a passion for natural resources sustainability and environmental research to contribute to an NSF-funded project investigating the environmental impacts of development of a biodegradable biopolymer for crop production and how it can strengthen the agroecosystems in Kansas, Nebraska, and South Dakota. The successful candidate will lead the modeling effort to study the effect of bioplastic mulch application on crop establishment, growth and yield along with its impact on crop water use efficiency. We aim to develop a platform that will integrate past and future environmental, ground, and remotely sensed data to study the feasibility of this new technology. Thus, the ideal candidate would have strong technical skills for working with and coupling environmental models and a desire to engage with an interdisciplinary team of researchers.

This position is based in the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering at KSU. This Post Doc will be part of the Climate and Agrohydrologic Modeling group supervised by Dr. Vaishali Sharda and will act as liaison to facilitate interdisciplinary research between our department, Department of Computer Science and Department of Geography at KSU and to work with collaborators at University of Nebraska and South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.

For further technical information about the position, contact Vaishali Sharda at vsharda@ksu.edu.

Why Join Us:

Kansas State University offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes health insurance, life insurance, retirement plans, paid time off – vacation, sick, and holidays.   To see what benefits are available, please visit:  https://www.k-state.edu/hcs/benefits

We Support Diversity and Inclusion:

Kansas State University embraces diversity and inclusion.  The university actively seeks individuals who foster a collegial environment and cooperative interactions with coworkers, students, and others.  The University is dedicated to promoting the Principles of Community.

What You’ll Need to Succeed:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in a discipline related to water, environmental, and/or agricultural science or engineering.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working with at least two of hydrologic, crop, and/or agent-based models and historic and future climate datasets.
  • Coding experience in Python or a comparable language (R, MATLAB, Julia, etc.).
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively.
  • Strong communication skills as evidenced by peer-reviewed publications/conference presentations.
  • First-author publications in peer-reviewed high-impact journals.
  • Experience with coupling models and/or high-performance computing.
  • Familiarity with future climate dataset handling and analysis.
  • Familiarity with irrigated and rainfed agricultural landscapes.

 Other Requirements:

  • Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States at the time of employment

How to Apply:

Please submit the following documents:

  1. Cover letter (max 2 pages) including how you meet the required and preferred qualifications, your career goals, and why you are excited about the position.
  2. Full CV.
  3. Contact information for 3 references (email address and phone number).
  4. College and graduate school transcripts (unofficial copies acceptable).

Screening of Applications Begins:

Immediately and continues until position is filled.

Anticipated Hiring Salary Range:

$50,000.00  

Equal Employment Opportunity:

Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or status as a protected veteran.

Background Screening Statement:

In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University will procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee.

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