Post Doctoral Associate

Stuttgart, AR
Jun 27, 2017
Position Type
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Posting Number NCA137P

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Working Title Post Doctoral Associate

Position Number 9837

Department Rice Research & Extension Center

About the University

About the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture
The Division of Agriculture is a state wide campus, with faculty based on University campuses, at Research and Extension Centers and in every Arkansas County. It consists of the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station (AAES) and the Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service (CES), and is home to more than 1400 employees. The Division was established in 1959 and is headed by the Vice-President for Agriculture. The Division headquarters is located in Little Rock with the rest of the University of Arkansas System Administration.
As an employer, the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers a vibrant work environment and a workplace culture that promotes a healthy work-life balance. The benefits package includes university contributions to health, dental, life and disability insurance, tuition waivers for employees and their families, 12 official holidays, immediate leave accrual, and a choice of retirement programs with university contributions ranging from 5 to 10% of employee salary.

About the College/Department

The Rice Research & Extension Center (RREC) is located in the heart of the Grand Prairie region of Arkansas and comprised of approximately 850 acres of irrigated field research, ten modern laboratories, six greenhouses, and a modern office/conference center. A new, state-of-the-art Foundation Seed Plant is located at RREC. The focus is rice production, but soybean, corn, grain sorghum and wheat research are conducted at the RREC. Arkansas is among the leaders in irrigated crop production and irrigation technology. Innovative water management research to support sustainable crop production is among the highest priorities at the RREC.

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Job Type Staff

Summary of Job Duties

This is a full-time, 12-month position with paid vacation and fringe benefits. Recently an extensive regional irrigation survey including Mississippi, Arkansas, Missouri, and Louisiana has been conducted, but the data not yet summarized and published. The survey includes vast new data on irrigation practices unique to the southern region and will be a benchmark for decades to come as the region struggles with over drafted aquifers. The successful candidate will review the data and develop several publications from the data. The successful candidate will create a series of easy to read and understand Extension factsheets. The applicant must be able to quickly understand and become familiar with southern irrigation practices such as computerized-hole selection, surge irrigation, multiple inlet rice irrigation, zero grade rice production, surface water reservoirs and tail water recovery systems to effectively analyze the survey. This is a unique career building opportunity to generate several publications both research and Extension and gain experience with a wide variety of irrigation systems and practices.

Minimum Qualifications: Please ensure that all relevant application materials include details addressing the minimum qualifications. Applicants not meeting the minimum qualifications will be disqualified from consideration.

Candidates must have a PhD degree in biological, agricultural, or civil engineering, mechanized systems management, agronomy, agricultural economics or closely related field.

Does this job require any license(s)/certification(s)? No

If yes, please specify

Preferred Qualifications

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs)

Excellent verbal and written communication skills are required and must be able to work independently in a professional agricultural atmosphere. Team approach to problem solving is essential.

Physical activities associated with this position

For questions regarding reasonable accommodations please contact the Division's Office of Affirmative Action at

Physical Conditions None. The worker is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions (such as in typical office or administrative work).

Work Schedule 8:00-4:30 pm

Overtime Eligible No

Is this position weather/event essential? If yes, the employee in this position will report to work at the scheduled time when the University is closed due to inclement conditions. No

Work Location/Building Rice Research and Extension Center, Stuttgart, AR

Benefits Eligible Yes

Appointment Percent 100

Salary Competitive and commensurate with experience.

Does this Position require a Motor Vehicle Reports Check? Yes

Does this position require a background check? No

Does this position require a substance abuse test? No

Pre-employment Screening Requirements

Posting Detail Information

Future Open Date

Close Date 07/31/2017

Open Until Filled No

Anticipated Start Date 08/15/2017

Anticipated End Date (for temporary appointments)

Recruitment Contact Information

Dr. Chris Henry
Assistant Professor
University of Arkansas
Rice Research & Extension Center
2900 Hwy 130 East
Stuttgart, AR 72160

Special Instructions Summary

Hiring Location 222 Administration Building Fayetteville, AR 72701.

EEO Statement

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension and Research programs and services without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

Internal Posting No

City, St. Stuttgart, AR

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Documents Needed to Apply
Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  3. Unofficial/Official Transcript(s)
  4. List of three Professional References (name, title, email address and contact number)
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