We are seeking applications to fill a Postdoctoral Research Associate position in Crop Ecophysiology in the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences at the University of Washington (UW) to work on a cooperative project with the Adaptive Cropping Systems Laboratory at USDA-ARS. This position will be an initial 12 month appointment with a possible extension and will be located in Beltsville, Maryland to conduct research at the USDA-ARS's Beltsville Agricultural Research Center (BARC) using the Soil-Plant-Atmosphere-Research (SPAR) chambers. The SPAR chambers at BARC are sunlit, controlled environmental chambers that can control and monitor carbon dioxide concentrations, air temperature, humidity, soil moisture, and soil nutrients in fully sunlit conditions. They are also capable of measuring canopy scale CO2 and H2O exchange rates in real-time. These capabilities make the SPAR units an ideal system to investigate genotype, environment, and management interactions governing whole-plant and canopy physiology under a wide range of environmental conditions. The overall goal of this collaborative research project is to assess crop phenotypic characteristics of selected genotypes of major US crops (e.g., maize, potato, soybean and others) in a range of environmental conditions using the SPAR units, develop a crop phenotype database, and utilize experimental data for crop modeling and climate impact research.
Specific tasks for the position will involve but are not limited to:
Plan, design, manage, and conduct controlled environment and field experiments to investigate plant physiology and ecology.
Collect, manage, analyze and interpret data from the experiments and literature, and produce publications synthesizing research results.
Assist with crop model development, improvement, calibration, testing, and applications.
Provide guidance to graduate and undergraduate students on lab safety, experimental protocols, and other research activities.
Report and update research progress regularly to the PI and lab group.
Coordinate collaboration with other researchers and work as a liaison between the PI and collaborators.
The University of Washington (UW) is located in the greater Seattle metropolitan area, with a dynamic, multicultural community of 3.7 million people and a range of ecosystems from mountains to ocean. The UW serves a diverse population of 80,000 students, faculty, and staff including 25% first-generation college students, over 25% Pell Grant student and faculty from over 70 countries. The UW is a recipient of a National Science Foundation ADVANCE Institutional Transformation Award to increase the advancement of women in science, engineering, and math (see https://advance.washington.edu/).
A Ph.D. degree in plant biology, crop science, agronomy, horticulture, forestry, ecology or a related discipline of plant science with a focus on plant physiology. A strong record of course work and independent research in crop science subjects such as plant breeding, crop ecology, ecophysiology, and crop and soil management is desirable. Abilities and skills in statistical computing, data management and visualization, and programming are also desirable.
To apply for this position, please submit your application via Interfolio. Applicants must submit: 1) a cover letter explaining your interest in the position and describing you relevant skill set; 2) a Curriculum Vitae; 3) three letters of recommendation; 4) one sample of scholarly writing.
Priority will be given to applications submitted by April 15, 2019.
Questions regarding potential disability accommodations during the application process can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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