Postdoctoral Research Associate

Texas A&M AgriLife Research

El Paso, TX, USA 🇺🇸

Job Title: Postdoctoral Research Associate

Agency: Texas A&M Agrilife Research

Department: El Paso

Proposed Minimum Salary: Commensurate

Job Location: El Paso, Texas

Job Type: Staff

Job Description

The candidate will primarily work on an NSF-funded research project that seeks to understand the abiotic emission of carbon dioxide from irrigated farms in the arid regions (see The incumbent is expected to strongly collaborate with PIs and students associated with the project at Texas A&M AgriLife Research-El Paso and the University of Texas-El Paso (UTEP). The postdoctoral scholar will have the opportunity to mentor graduate and undergraduate students at AgriLife and UTEP, overseeing their research activities and assisting with their project development.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with Dr. Saurav Kumar [email protected].


Anticipated responsibilities may include:

  • Aerial hyperspectral imaging and data analysis
  • Developing and testing novel CO2/GHG sensors
  • Integrating sensors with UAV and UGV
  • Developing and calibrating models for gas efflux from soil
  • Numerical modeling of water balance for Pecan and Cotton Orchards
  • Develop technical publications and research proposals based on this research

Occasional Duties:

  • Field data collection and compilation
  • Maintain field equipment
  • Collect water samples
  • Guide graduate/undergraduate student research
  • Assist in developing research proposals 
  • Other reasonable job-related duties that may arise later

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Computer competencies are required for this position. This includes knowledge of GIS software (e.g., ArcGIS, ENVI, or similar), and programming.
  • Strong service ethic and desire to work with all audiences in the assigned county, regardless of socioeconomic level, race, color, sex, religion, disability, or national origin, is a must
  • The ability to communicate effectively is also necessary

 Other Requirements:

  • Travel connected with official duties may be required. This may include attendance at night and weekend meetings, participation in out-of-county events
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a valid Driver’s license
  • Must be willing to work necessary hours to fulfill job responsibilities (some evenings and weekends).
  • Must reside in the assigned county (NOTE: Urban designed counties exempt from this requirement).

Required Education:

Ph.D. in engineering, water science, agriculture science, earth science, or related field  

Required Experience: 

Experience with field observation, data interpretation, numerical modeling, and analysis of hydrological processes. 

Preferred Experience: 

Experience working with aerial hyperspectral data, flying and managing UAS with FAA small aircraft pilot’s license (part 107 certified), developing machine learning models, and coding in python.


  • Good communication skills.
  • Excellent technical writing skills.
  • Ability to establish effective working relationships. 

Application Instructions:

  • Please submit the following documents with your application:
  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Contact details of three professional references
  • A one-page statement of research interest and career goals
  • Transcript (optional)

All positions are security-sensitive. Applicants are subject to a criminal history investigation, and employment is contingent upon the institution’s verification of credentials and/or other information required by the institution’s procedures, including the completion of the criminal history check.

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Apply By: ASAP