U.S. nationals: Research Soil Scientist/Agricultural Engineer/Hydrologist

U.S. Agricultural Research Service

Columbia, MO, US


The incumbent is a Research Soil Scientist/Agricultural Engineer/Hydrologist in the Cropping Systems & Water Quality Research Unit (CSWQRU) at Columbia, Missouri, where the Unit mission is to develop knowledge and provide technological solutions to optimize agricultural production systems at the sub-field to watershed scale, for both economic and environmental sustainability.

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  • Monitors environmental fluxes of water, gases, and energy in agroecosystems at scales ranging from plot to watershed.
  • Participates with other CSWQRU scientists to develop and evaluate innovative cropping systems that are productive and sustainable, for example by using water flux measurements to examine variability in crop evapotranspiration.
  • Applies advanced instrumentation (e.g., eddy covariance systems) and analysis techniques (e.g., machine learning) to understand flows of water, nutrients, and energy within agroecosystems.
  • Collaborates with other ARS, university, and private sector scientists to build the multi-disciplinary team necessary for this research.
  • Analyzes, interprets, and disseminates the findings in the form of reports, presentations, and publications in scientific journals.