Ph.D. in Soil Sciences, Plant Sciences, Microbiology, or a related discipline by January 2017 start date
Valid Minnesota driver’s license
Experience with soil science and organic production research
Experience with lab management
Experience in experimental design, data management and analysis
In-depth knowledge of microbial approaches to analyze soil quality and the ability to run and maintain instruments related to those approaches
In-depth knowledge of soil fertility and microbiology as it relates to nutrient cycling processes
Evidence of ability and willingness to effectively mentor undergraduate and/or graduate students from a variety of cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds in the implementation of research projects
Documented ability to work independently and as part of a team with diverse perspectives
Evidence of ability and interest in effectively communicating and conducting outreach with individuals from historically underrepresented communities
Demonstrated organizational skills
This position will provide scientific and technical support for a USDA Organic Research and Extension Initiatives (OREI) grant at the University of Minnesota. The incumbent in this position will work closely with the Grossman and Gutknecht laboratories in the Department of Horticultural Science and the Department of Soil, Water, and Climate in a research and education capacity investigating soil health in organic high tunnel systems across a multi-state region. The position will be based in the Department of Horticultural Science, including office and departmental support.
Specific duties include but are not limited to:
(75%) Laboratory research responsibilities will include organization of soil sampling efforts and collection across high tunnel experiments based in three states (MN, KS and KY). This will include standardized soil collection, mailing, organization and storage, as well as analysis of samples at the University of Minnesota for multiple indicators of soil quality and microbial based nutrient cycling. To achieve grant project goals, the candidate will develop new or novel research approaches using current literature, and interactions with peer scientists as required. Researcher will analyze resulting experimental data to test stated hypotheses, interpret the results and prepare them in written peer reviewed manuscripts and annual grant reports, posters or oral outputs.
(20%) Educational and outreach activities will include development of organic agriculture teaching curriculum related to high tunnels and dissemination of this material. It will also include assistance with a short course to the Appalachia region of the U.S. to learn about food production and food access issues, as well as high tunnel construction. Project outreach activities will include a range of workshops and other educational programming with our local community partner in the Minneapolis-St. Paul region, centered on immigrant farming communities, and national webinar series development in conjunction with NRCS.
(5%) Supervisory activities will include management of graduate and undergraduate students associated with the project, including safety training and instruction on currently used approaches and techniques for soil analysis. This may include training of students or other staff on equipment and analyses as necessary.
See application instructions below. Complete applications must include: 1) Curriculum Vitae, 2) Cover letter outlining your interest in the position as well as specifically addressing any experience you have in research outreach and teaching, 3) A bulleted list of experimental approaches that you have proficiency in using. For questions regarding this position, please contact Dr. Julie Grossman (email@example.com).