Post-Doctoral Research Associate

at Rodale Institute


Full Time

United States

Closing date: 2020-08-30

Knowledge fields

A full-time Post-Doctoral Research Associate position is available at Rodale Institute to study the impacts of conventional/organic agricultural practices on soil health and water quality on a six-year grant-funded collaborative project with partner Stroud Water Research Center, currently in year three.

The primary goal of this project is to educate the 15 million+ people, who rely on the Delaware River Watershed (DRW) for clean drinking water, about the linkages between agriculture, soil health, and water quality, while evaluating the potential for innovative farm management techniques to improve soil health and help provide clean fresh water in DRW for humans and wildlife. Agricultural management practices such as reduced tillage and cover crop usage that utilize water efficiently will be investigated and communication programs developed to help facilitate change from farming practices that erode soil and water quality to regenerative practices that enhance soil health and protect and conserve fresh water.

The Post-Doctoral Research Associate will manage field and laboratory activities in a team setting related to soil and agronomic analyses at Rodale Institute‚Äôs 40-year-old flagship Farming Systems Trial (FST) in Kutztown, PA and a collaborative research site at Stroud Preserve, West Chester, PA. The Post-Doc Research Associate will conduct rigorous original science to establish the linkages between farming practices with soil health, water quantity and quality, environmental impacts, and agricultural productivity in the DRW.

The Post-Doctoral Research Associate will publish high quality, peer-reviewed research and conduct outreach activities related to meeting the project goals. This position is critical to the success of the project to ensure proper data collection at each site and maintaining a strong collaboration between the two institutions and related partners.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Oversee field and laboratory data collection, processing, and analysis; and management of technical staff/teams.
  • Work with the Research teams to produce peer-reviewed publications and develop grant proposals for additional funding for research, education, and outreach activities for the project.
  • Project management and coordination of field operations with contract farmers and Rodale Institute Farm Operations Department to facilitate timely data collection and field activities.
  • Work with Research and Communications Departments to create outreach and education publications, including but not limited to: bulletins, fact sheets, and newspaper and web articles.
  • Give workshops and presentations at Rodale Institute, regionally, nationally and internationally.

Required Qualifications:

  • Doctorate in Plant and/or Soil Science with specialization in Agronomy, Crop Science, or related field.
  • Minimum of two years in field and laboratory research experience and familiarity with field row crop production.
  • Strong background in statistical analysis of field trial results and evidence of publishing in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Proven ability to work collaboratively in a team environment with individuals of diverse backgrounds and multiple disciplines.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience or deep interest with organic farming and soil health and/or organic production/research.
  • Evidence of attention to detail and ability to develop and maintain high quality records and other documentation.
  • Excellent organizational skills with demonstrated written and oral skills for communicating technical information to farmers and extension personnel.
  • Self-starter with the ability to prioritize multiple activities.