Research Associate

Location
Raleigh
Posted
Jul 22, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Position Number: 00106339

Primary Function of Organization Unit: The Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering supports the land-grant mission of NC State University. It provides engineering leadership in the development and dissemination of knowledge related to the efficient utilization of biological and agricultural systems and to the preservation and management of natural resources.

Essential Job Duties: The Research Associate position will develop, test, and apply whole system models for simulating crop production on shallow water table soils with artificial drainage systems. The position will calibrate and validate the modeling framework using field measured data collected from sites across the U.S. Midwest. Applying the modeling framework across the U.S. Midwest to simulate the hydrologic, water quality, and crop yield impacts of agricultural water management practices include controlled drainage, sub-irrigation, and drainage water recycling systems. The position will use the modeling framework to investigate the effect of climate change in the Upper Midwest Region on crop production on drained lands with the overall goal of making these systems more resilient to climate variability and change. The position will prepare manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals, contribute to grant proposal preparations, and present research results at scientific meetings.

Minimum Education/Experience: * Master's degree in Engineering or related discipline.

Department Required Skills: * Must be able to effectively collaborate in multi-disciplinary research projects. * Ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing.

Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education: * PhD in Biological/Agricultural Engineering or Civil/Environmental Engineering. * Three plus years of experience in process-based computer modelling of environmental systems. * Expertise in hydrology and water quality processes of crop production systems in high water table soils.

Necessary Licenses and Certifications: * A valid drivers license is required for travel. NC drivers license required within 60 days of hire and must be maintained.

AA/EOE: NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process, please call 919-515-3148. Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. If highest degree is from an institution outside of the U.S., final candidates are required to have their degree verified at "www.wes.org":http//wes.org. Degree must be obtained prior to start date.

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