Postdoctoral Associate (Water Quality and Quantity)

Mississippi State University

Starkville, MS, USA 🇺🇸

JOB NO: 504913
POSITION TYPE: Full-Time 12-Month
DEPARTMENT: 190500 – Water Resources Research Institute
LOCATION: Main Campus – Starkville, MS
CATEGORIES: Professional

Position Function:

The Mississippi Water Resources Research Institute is seeking to hire a postdoctoral associate in connection with a several grant-funded research projects. These projects aim to improve water quality and quantity by increasing the adoption of a novel production system and emerging technologies. The production system requires use of state-of-the-art tools, including sensor-based scheduling, computerized hole selection with lay-flat polyethylene tubing, and automated surge irrigation. The postdoctoral associate will support this research by managing a portion of the water quality and quantity experimental logistics and author or co-author peer reviewed journal articles.

Salary Grade:  

Please see Staff Compensation Structure or Skilled Crafts and Service Maintenance Compensation Schedule for salary ranges.  For salary grade UC, these positions are “Unclassified” and salary ranges are determined by the hiring department.

Department Profile:

Located on the campus of Mississippi State University, the Mississippi Water Resources Research Institute administers and coordinates research programs dealing with water and related resources. It is one of the state institutes authorized by Section 104 of The Water Resources Research Act of 1984. Its activities are developed in close consultation and collaboration between the Institute and leading water resources officials within the state.

The program’s purpose is to provide a coordinated research and development program that contributes to the solution of water and water-related land use problems in Mississippi, the region, and the nation.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Support various research efforts, including field operations; sample collection, processing, and analyses; data collection and storage, and equipment maintenance.
Lead and/or contribute to scientific writing, publishing, presentations, and statistical analyses.
Manage or assist in other research and field work as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

Ph.D. in Agronomy, Soil Science, Ag and Biosystems Engineering, or related field with substantial knowledge of row-crop production systems. Exceptional written and verbal English communication skills.

ABDs or degree pending considered (all but DISS):


Preferred Qualifications:

Desire and demonstrated ability to publish in top-tier scientific journals.
Comprehensive understanding of statistical design and analysis.
Proven success in on-farm and small-plot research agronomic research.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

Some travel and field work required. No unusual physical requirements. Nearly all work is performed in a comfortable indoor facility.

Instructions for Applying:

Link to apply:

Link to apply:
Submit 1) a letter of application highlighting qualifications, experience, and interests, 2) a curriculum vitae, 3) three professional references including names, contact information, and relationship, and 4) an official transcript. Any social security numbers included on requested transcripts should be redacted prior to submitting online.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy, gender identity, status as a U.S. veteran, and/or any other status protected by applicable law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.

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