Post-Doctoral Research Associate in Soil Health and Water Quality

Rodale Institute

Kutztown, PA, USA 🇺🇸

The Post-Doctoral Research Associate will manage field and laboratory activities related to soil health and water quality analyses of Rodale Institute’s 41-year-old Farming Systems Trial (FST) and the Watershed Impact Trial (WIT) at the Stroud Preserve, as part of the William Penn Foundation funded “Grow Clean Water” project. The Post-Doctoral Research Associate will collect data and present research findings in peer-reviewed and outreach publications and at national and international scientific and grower conferences. The incumbent will directly report to Dr. Yichao Rui, the Research Director of FST, and will work closely with the farm operations team and research technicians and interns within the institute, as well as collaborators at Stroud Water Research Center.


  • Responsible for coordinating data collection, processing, management, and analysis for parameters outlined in overall project and annual work plans. Must participate in all phases of field-based work.
  • Supervise research technicians and research interns involved in the project.
  • Produce peer-reviewed publications, and work with Research and Communications Departments to create outreach and education publications, including bulletins, fact sheets, and web articles including a robust Train-the-Trainer program and Citizen Science activities.
  • Present research findings in webinars and national and international conferences.
  • Assist the project lead in developing grant proposals for additional funding for research, education, and outreach activities.


  • Doctorate in crop and/or soil science with specialization in agronomy, soil health, water quality, or hydrology.
  • Minimum of two years in field and laboratory research experience and familiarity with field row crop production.
  • Strong background in statistical analysis of field trial results and track record of publishing in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Interest and ability in working, collaborating, and communicating in a team environment with individuals of diverse backgrounds.
  • Must be able to obtain a valid driver license.


  • Evidence of attention to detail and ability to develop and maintain high quality records and other documentation is desirable.
  • Self-starter with the ability to prioritize multiple activities.
  • Excellent organizational skills with demonstrated written and oral skills for communicating technical information to farmers and extension personnel.
  • Must be willing and able to work in all environmental conditions.
  • Must be able to lift 50 lbs. or more.

TRAVEL: Regional and some national travel is required.


To apply, please send a cover letter, curriculum vitae or resume, and the names and addresses of three professional references to Elaine Macbeth, Director of Finance and Human Resources, at [email protected].


Rodale Institute is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to pioneering organic farming through research and outreach. The mission of the Rodale Institute is to improve the health and well-being of people and the planet through organic leadership.  For over seventy years, the Rodale Institute has been researching the best practices of organic agriculture and sharing findings with farmers and scientists throughout the world, advocating for policies that support farmers, and educating consumers about how going organic is the healthiest option for people and the planet.

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