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Postdoctoral Researcher in Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering / Geospatial Engineering & T...

Fort Valley State University
Fort Valley, GA, USA

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  • 30-Aug-2022 to Until Filled (EST)
  • Fort Valley, GA, USA
  • Full Time
  • Email Me Similar JobsEmail Me This JobFORT VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY (FVSU), a state and land-grant institution of the University System of Georgia, invites applications for the position of Research Scientist for the Agricultural Research Station, College of Agriculture, Family Sciences and Technology.

    Fort Valley State University, the only 1890 land-grant university in Georgia, is a comprehensive institution that provides an education to over 2,800 students including graduate students. The university is in the town of Fort Valley in Peach County, the original site of the state's peach industry. Its 1,365-acre (5.52 km2) campus is Georgia's second-largest public university in area.


    A Research Scientist position is available for three years for a project on "Geo-information Technology and Artificial Intelligence Application Based Animal Health Management Decision Support System Development to Support Small-Holding Farmers" at the Agricultural Research Station under the College of Agriculture, Family Sciences and Technology, FVSU. The researcher will be part of a research team investigating development of a cellphone-based, automated decision support system (aDSS) for efficient animal health management with objectives of i) artificial intelligence supported precision agriculture modeling of the anti-parasitic plant sericea lespedeza, ii) set-up and test a telemetry system to monitor animal activity related to disease outbreaks and real-time preliminary treatment support using FAMACHA based remote treatment through smartphone APP and iii) develop the aDSS website for farmers to access protocols, maps, data, and software products online assisted by WebGIS and train producers in the use of these tools in Farmer Field Schools. The researcher will have opportunities for working with USDA-ARS scientists.

    The incumbent will conduct experiments, analyze data, develop models, create DSS website, prepare reports, and submit manuscripts in a timely fashion for project and peer-reviewed publications, train, and mentor graduate students, work with project stakeholders (farmers, researchers, and managers) and assist with proposal writing. Experience working outside of laboratory settings or field work will be beneficial and a necessity for this position.


    Applicants should possess a Ph.D. in Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, Agronomy, Animal Science, Food Science, Geospatial Engineering & Technology, Computer Science, or a related field. Preference will be given to applicants with experience in computer modeling, big data analytics, and neural networks machine learning techniques, publication records, communication skills, and the ability to work in an interdisciplinary team-based environment.

    Applicants must include a cover letter that summarizes relevant experience and specific reasons for interest in the position, along with a CV that includes contact information for three references (name, position, mailing address, telephone number, and e-mail address).

    Benefit Eligibility:

    The Research Scientist's salary will be based on experience and qualifications according to FVSU policy and this position is eligible for University benefits.

    If you have any issues and/or concerns with submitting materials for this position, please contact Fort Valley State University's Office of Human Resources at [email protected] or (478)825-6301.

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