Postdoctoral Research Associate I in Irrigation Engineering

University of Arizona

Maricopa, AZ, USA 🇺🇸

Posting Numberreq17595
DepartmentBiosystems Engineering-Res
Department Website Link
AddressAZ USA
Position HighlightsThe Department of Biosystems Engineering invites applicants for the position of Postdoctoral Research Associate I. This position is for the NACA project and will install and maintain irrigation systems and sensors, conduct irrigation, collect plant and soil data, fly drones to obtain remote sensing data, conduct laboratory analysis, perform data analysis, and prepare publications for peer-reviewed journals. Experience in crop water management, remote sensing, drone image processing, and drone operation is desired. The successful candidate must have good understanding of irrigation engineering technologies (sensors, subsurface drip irrigation, fertigation equipment, and irrigation models).This is a year-to-year appointment, contingent upon funding and performance.
Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, vision, and life insurance; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!The University of Arizona has been recognized for our innovative work-life programs. For more information about working at the University of Arizona and relocations services, please click here.
Duties & ResponsibilitiesOperation and maintenance of center pivot, pressurized drip, and gravity drip irrigation systems.Using and refining irrigation models to optimize water use and crop productivity.Collection and processing of field data (plant measurements, soil and plant samples, and soil water content using neutron moisture meter and other sensors).Flying drones to collect remote sensing data.Image analysis using Pix4Dfields, Pix4DMapper and other software.Writing papers and publishing results in peer reviewed journals.Assisting with field tours, field days, and other extension activities.
Minimum QualificationsApplicants must have, as of the beginning date of the appointment, a Ph.D.Must have Remote pilot in command license or obtain it after hire.Ability to drive according to the University Fleet Safety Policy.
Preferred Qualifications
Full Time/Part TimeFull Time
Number of Hours Worked per Week40
Job FTE1.0
Work CalendarFiscal
Job CategoryResearch
Benefits EligibleYes – Full Benefits
Rate of Pay$56,484
Compensation Typesalary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)
Type of criminal background check required:Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)
Number of Vacancies1
Target Hire Date
Expected End Date
Contact Information for CandidatesDr. Diaa Elshikha
Open Date9/20/2023
Open Until FilledYes
Documents Needed to ApplyCurriculum Vitae (CV) and Cover Letter
Special Instructions to Applicant
Diversity StatementAt the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As a Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.





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