Assistant Research Scientist (related to water management in Afghanistan, especially in relation to conflict mitigation)

Texas A&M AgriLife Research

College Station, TX, US

Job Title

Assistant Research Scientist


Texas A&M Agrilife Research


Agricultural Economics

Proposed Minimum Salary


Job Location

College Station, Texas

Job Type


Job Description


Required Education:

Appropriate PhD

Required Experience:

Relevant professional experience

Preferred Education:

PhD in agriculture or related field


Preferred Experience:

At least two years experience managing agricultural or livestock production, and/or land and water resources, in a region of armed conflict. 

Experience at executive level in agricultural and Livestock production and/or land and water policy and program administration in a region of armed conflict, especially Afghanistan.

Required Licenses and Certifications:

Texas drivers license

Preferred Licenses and Certifications:


Required Special Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Strong speaking and writing ability in English as well as widely spoken language in Afghanistan, e.g. Pashtu and/or Dari.

Ability to multi-task and work cooperatively with others.

Ability to drive a vehicle.

Preferred Special Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Familiarity with management of development projects funded by international agencies in areas of armed conflict.

Job Responsibilities

40%    Data compilation and analysis.  Compile and analyze records of the introduction and use of improved technology for food production and land and water management in Afghanistan, especially in relation to conflict mitigation.

25%    Lessons Learned by ADTs.  Work with Texas National Guard Agricultural Development Teams (ADTs) to analyze relative effectiveness of different agricultural interventions in reducing conflict; providing a model for the work of the proposed Texas A&M University Stabilization Laboratory,

20%    Assist in the preparation of a manual for agricultural production, land and water management and conflict mitigation for civilian practitioners as well as U.S. military Civil Affairs units serving in combat zones.

10%    Assist in the preparation of academic curriculum for undergraduate and graduate teaching about technology development and extension, and natural resource management, in conflict zones.

5%    Other duties as assigned.

Restrictions and Other

Restricted by Patriot Act:


Does this position or the job duties performed involve use of restricted items, software or technology covered by Export Controls regulations?


D.O.T. regulated:


Does this employee customarily and regularly exercise discretion and independent judgment and have the authority to make important decisions?


If Yes, give percentage of time spent in this capacity:


Machines or equipment used in the performance of essential duties:

Computer:  25 hours

Telephone:  5 hours

Other Requirements or Other Factors

The incumbent will need to drive to the locations of current and former members of the Texas National Guard.  

This position is funded by non-appropriated sources.  Continued employment in this position is contingent upon availability of funds.

Preferred Other Factors


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.

Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer committed to diversity.