U.S. nationals: Postgraduate Research Opportunity in Agricultural Water Management

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Stoneville, MS, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
Experience Level: 
Not Specified
Degree Required: 
Associate's Degree/Diploma


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Organization U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Reference Code USDA-ARS-2019-0027

How to Apply

A complete application consists of:

  • An application
  • Transcripts – Click here for detailed information about acceptable transcripts
  • A current resume/CV, including academic history, employment history, relevant experiences, and publication list
  • Two educational or professional recommendations

All documents must be in English or include an official English translation.

If you have questions, send an email to  .  Please include the reference code for this opportunity in your email.

Application Deadline 5/1/2019 3:00:00 PM Eastern Time Zone


A postgraduate research opportunity is available with the the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Research Service (ARS), Crop Production Systems Research Unit in Stoneville, Mississippi.

The mission of this research lab is to develop novel water management technologies and irrigation scheduling techniques using sensor and measurement technologies to detect crop water status, and provide irrigation application guidelines for improving water-use efficiency in humid regions. The research objectives include 1) quantify water requirements of cotton, corn, and soybean cropping systems and develop crop coefficients for irrigation scheduling in humid regions, and develop and evaluate irrigation scheduling and variable-rate irrigation technologies to improve water use efficiency in cotton, corn, and soybean. 2)  develop conservation management practices to improve water management and enhance environmental sustainability.

This research project will involve assisting scientists developing new agricultural water resource management technologies which will result in improving agricultural water productivity and increasing farmer's profit.

Under the guidance of a mentor, the selected candidate will collaborate with and learn from a team of other scientists and technicians in preparing and conducting research and organizing experimental data in the development of new knowledge, methods, and tools for sustainable water management. Through this project, the candidate will gain knowledge in agricultural water management, including (1) installation and maintenance of various types of sensors and instruments to collect field data, (2) new methods to process the experimental data for irrigation scheduling to improve water use efficiency.

This program, administered by ORAU through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), was established through an interagency agreement between DOE and ARS. The initial appointment is for one year, but may be renewed upon recommendation of ARS and is contingent on the availability of funds. The participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with educational level and experience. Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program. The appointment is full-time at ARS in the Stoneville, Mississippi, area. Participants do not become employees of USDA, ARS, DOE or the program administrator, and there are no employment-related benefits.

This opportunity is available to U.S. citizens only.

For more information about the ARS Research Participation Program, please visit the Program Website.


The qualified candidate must have received an associate's degree or higher in one of the relevant fields.

Preferred skills/experience:

  • Experience with an irrigation research laboratory
  • Experience in installation and maintenance of soil moisture sensing devices and runoff water monitoring systems
  • Experience in downloading and processing data from soil moisture sensors, weather stations, runoff water monitoring systems, and Eddy covariance systems
  • Strong skills in Excel, PowerPoint, and Word software

Eligibility Requirements

  • Citizenship: U.S. Citizen Only
  • Degree: Associate's Degree, Bachelor's Degree, Master's Degree, or Doctoral Degree.
  • Discipline(s):
    • Engineering 
    • Environmental and Marine Sciences
    • Life Health and Medical Sciences