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Post-Doctoral Research Associate - Department of Biosystems Engineering & Soil Sciences (UTIA)

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville, TN

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Department of Biosystems Engineering & Soil Sciences (UTIA)


Coupled Carbon-Nitrogen-Manganese Cycling in Croplands


The postdoc will study the role of manganese in soil organic carbon stabilization and destabilization processes and carbon-nitrogen interactions. The research will involve extensive field and lab experiments, statistical data analysis, review/meta analysis, report and scientific article preparation, and presentation of research findings at professional meetings. (Position is dependent on continued funding.)



Ph.D. in Soil Science, Environmental Science, Soil Ecology, Soil Microbiology, Soil Geochemistry or closely related field is required. Candidates currently pursuing a PhD will be considered but degree must be conferred prior to date of hire and no later than fall 2024. Demonstrated experience with soil biogeochemical processes and peer-reviewed publications are required. Strong oral and written communication skills, excellent work ethic, ability to work independently and collaboratively, interest in training undergraduate and graduate students, demonstrated skills in analytical instrumentations, and a valid driver license are also required. 


Department of Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science (BESS), University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN. The postdoc will be supervised by Drs. Sindhu Jagadamma (Jagadamma Lab) in BESS and Elizabeth Herndon (Herndon Profile) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

The University of Tennessee-Knoxville is the state's flagship research institution and is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action employer, located in East Tennessee close to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The Department of Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science comprises an energetic group of faculty members engaging in multi-disciplinary research and is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service.


April 2024 or until a suitable candidate is selected.


Applicants should submit a letter of interest, CV, copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts and contact information of three references online at For more details about the position, contact Dr. Sindhu Jagadamma (

Job: Research Professional
Primary Location: US-Tennessee-knoxville
Organization: Biosys Eng & Soil Science-Res
Schedule: Full-time
Job Posting: Mar 25, 2024, 1:56:40 PM


Working at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Founded in 1794, the University of Tennessee is one of the nation’s oldest and most storied public universities. Based in Knoxville, Tennessee’s flagship land-grant institution includes the statewide Institute of Agriculture and the Space Institute in Tullahoma. The university embodies excellence in teaching, discovery, scholarship, research, creative activity, outreach, and engagement. Known as the Volunteers, we lead with a spirit of selflessness, empathy, and courage, and strive to be champions for diversity, equity, and inclusion

UT Knoxville is a Research 1 university with 11 academic colleges and more than 900 programs of study. With an enrollment of more than 30,000 students, our academic programs are repeatedly ranked top in their class. The university co-manages Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the country’s most prominent national lab, driving innovation in advanced manufacturing and materials, national security, and more. We are closely connected with our communities through outreach and extension efforts across Tennessee and through partnerships with non-profits, corporations, and industries—regionally, nationally, and around the globe.

The city of Knoxville is nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. The modern, thriving community is surrounded by gorgeous lakes and hundreds of miles of walking, hiking, and biking trails. Situated along the banks of the Tennessee River, our beautiful features an eclectic music scene, internationally recognized festivals, unique restaurants, and a robust offering of diverse cultural activities. Knoxville is located within a day’s drive of Atlanta, Nashville, Asheville, Charlotte, Louisville, Cincinnati, Memphis, Chicago, and Washington D.C.

Knoxville and the surrounding counties have a population of more than 850,000 people. The region houses many leading corporations and organizations, including Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Pilot/Flying J, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and Regal Cinemas, along with HGTV, Food Network, and other networks owned by Discovery Inc.

As a member of the UT family, you will be surrounded by top-notch faculty, staff, and students from around the world. You will be part of a diverse campus community that is passionate about changing the world and cheering for the Vols on game day.

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