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Postdoctoral position in weed ecology with USDA-Agricultural Research Service in USDA-ARS, Urbana, IL

Type of position This program, administered by ORAU through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), was established through an interagency agreement between DOE and ARS. The initial appointment is for one year, but may be renewed upon recommendation of ARS and is contingent on the availability of funds.
Employer USDA-Agricultural Research Service
Location USDA-ARS, Urbana, IL
Salary commensurate with education and experience
Benefits The participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with educational level and experience, and a health insurance allowance.
Closing date of competition when position is filled
Date position available January 1, 2020
Description of duties

The aim of the project is to elucidate weed/crop biology and ecology in cropping systems to understand mechanisms driving risk and forecast the consequences of variability and global change on cropping systems. Specific objectives include: 1) determine how crop management practices and abiotic factors affect the ecology of weeds and agronomic crops at multiple spatial scales, 2) how analyses and forecasts can be generalized to provide guidance on the mitigation of risks for a diverse range of cropping systems and locations, and 3) deployment of visualizations for dissemination and outreach of key findings to stakeholders. The selected candidate will emphasize the use of mathematical and statistical models to synthesize empirical results and provide insights from observational data in order to guide the design of future experiments and analyses.

Under the guidance of a mentor, the participant’s learning objectives are to 1) develop analytical tools, and analyses for researching crop and weed ecology essential to the development of novel weed management tactics, and 2) contribute towards development of agronomic systems which are sustainable, profitable, and resilient to climate change as well as other risks imposed by weather, financial, and biological variability.

Qualifications sought

The qualified candidate should have received a doctoral degree in plant ecology, crop sciences, or related field, with strong experience in statistical analyses.  Preferred skills include prior experience with modeling of plant-based systems, risk assessment of global change, or emerging statistical technology, as well as strong oral and written communication skills.

Contact for additional information Dr. Martin Williams
martin.williams@ars.usda.gov
Application procedure  
Submit what For application details, visit: https://www.zintellect.com/Opportunity/Details/USDA-ARS-2019-0171
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