Postdoctoral Researcher Position - South Dakota State University

Department of Plant Science
College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences
South Dakota State University

Postdoctoral Researcher Position
A postdoctoral researcher position is available immediately at the Department of Plant Science of South Dakota State University working on a switchgrass biomass project. Project focuses on assessing influences of N management on biofuel crops (crop and biomass yields), soil properties and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Selected candidate will be responsible in collaboration with other staff in field sampling including harvesting of biofuel crops, soil sampling and monitoring of GHG fluxes, and engage with other current projects. Postdoctoral researcher will also be responsible for modeling GHG fluxes using biogeochemical models. Applicant should possess a PhD degree in Agronomy, Crop Sciences, Chemistry, Biogeochemistry, Soil Science, soil physics or any other relevant areas. Further, applicant should be strong academically, and have good experience in field and laboratory research. Skills in monitoring GHG emissions, GIS and remote sensing, process-based modeling, and computer programming will be a plus. Selected candidates will engage in writing grant proposals and peer-reviewed manuscripts and encouraged to attend (at least one per year) professional meetings to present their findings. The hired researcher will be encouraged to collaborate with a team of agronomists, ecological scientists, engineers and modelers. Salary will be based on qualifications, and previous research and field experiences. This position will be appointed on yearly basis, with the possibility of renewal based on performance and funding availability. Interested candidates should send through email the following documents in a single PDF: (i) a letter of interest, including research interests, prior field and modeling experience and professional goals, (ii) CV, (iii) copies of transcripts, (iv) at least one copy of recently accepted article related to modeling or biofuel crops, and (v) three letters of support to send directly to Vance N. Owens (Vance.Owens@sdstate.edu ) or S. Kumar (Sandeep.Kumar@sdstate.edu) through email by January 10, 2013.