Research Scholar - Crop and Soil Sciences

Job description

Posting Number:


Internal Recruitment :


Working Title:

Research Scholar - Crop and Soil Sciences

Anticipated Hiring Range:

Commensurate with Experience.

Work Schedule:

Monday - Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm

Job Location:

Work location is negotiable.

Department :

Crop and Soil Sciences

About the Department:

The Department of Crop and Soil Sciences encompasses diverse disciplines in research extension and teaching. The department’s mission is to develop future leaders in crop, soil and environmental sciences, improve crop plants and products, devise effective and sustainable crop production systems, devise effective and sustainable soil management techniques in both agriculture and urban settings; and disseminate crop, soil, and environmental science knowledge for the benefit of users and producers of food, feed turf, biofuels and fiber in North Carolina, the nation and the world.

Essential Job Duties:

  • A Research Scholar position is available with the Modernizing Fertilizer Recommendations: Fertilizer Recommendation Support Tool, or “FRST”, initiative. This project aims to develop a soil-test and crop-response-to-fertilization searchable web-based tool that provides more consistent, transparent, and science-based decision support for nutrient recommendations across the USA for major crops.
  • This position will involve working with a team of land grant university and USDA scientists involved in the FRST project with specific responsibilities of leading the development of the minimum dataset database and vetting it with project colleagues. This position will take the lead in working with the Agriculture Research Service (ARS) computing team to transform the database (excel) into a relational database. The position will lead in the collection, curation, and addition of relevant data from published and unpublished soil-test correlation-calibration trial, and supervise post-doc(s). The incumbent will also be expected to assistant with writing grant proposals in conjunction with the team. This position will also be responsible for presenting and publishing research data and findings.
  • The successful candidate will work as part of a coalition lead by NC State University, University of Arkansas, Penn State University, University of Kentucky, and USDA-ARS. The work location is negotiable among the locations represented by scientists associated with the lead institutions.

Other Responsibilities:

  • Additional duties as assigned.

Minimum Education and Experience:

  • PhD in Soil Science or a closely related discipline with a focus on soil fertility with experience in soil chemistry, plant nutrition, and especially soil testing.
  • At least one year of experience as a post-doc. related to soil test correlation and calibration.
  • Working knowledge or experience with soil test correlation/calibration research and considerable experience designing, developing.

Other Required Qualifications:

  • The candidate must have excellent written and oral communication skills with demonstrated ability to communicate with faculty engaged in soil testing.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience using relational database systems.
  • Knowledge of data management, and mapping, literature review techniques and data mining.

Required License(s) or Certification(s):

  • Valid NC Driver’s License or the ability to obtain one within 60 days of hire. This position will need to travel to participating universities.

Valid NC Driver's License required:


Commercial Driver's License required:


Job Open Date:


Anticipated Close Date:

Open Until Filled.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

  • Please attach a Cover Letter, CV, and Contact Information for Three (3) Professional References.

Position Number:


Position Type:

EHRA Non-Faculty

Full Time Equivalent (FTE) (1.0 = 40 hours/week):



12 Month Recurring

Mandatory Designation - Adverse Weather:

Mandatory - Adverse Weather

Mandatory Designation - Emergency Events:

Mandatory - Medical Emergencies

Is this position partially or fully funded on ARRA stimulus monies?:


Department ID:

110901 - Crop and Soil Sciences


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.

If you have general questions about the application process, you may contact Human Resources at (919) 515-2135 or [email protected] Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process, please call 919-515-3148.

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Job No:
Posted: 4/7/2021
Application Due: 7/6/2021
Work Type: Full Time