University of Kentucky
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Deadline to Apply: 
Thursday, September 30, 2021
Removal Date: 
Friday, October 1, 2021

We are seeking a highly motivated Post-doctoral Researcher to join the AgMIP (Agricultural Model Intercomparison and Improvement Project) Soybean Team (http://agmip.org/soybean-team/). This position is available in the Grain Crops Physiology Laboratory of Dr. Montse Salmeron (https://salmeronlab.weebly.com) at the University of Kentucky. The goal of AgMIP Soybean is to evaluate and improve soybean process-based eco-physiological models to reduce uncertainty in model simulations and to develop adaptation strategies that ensure global soybean production levels in the face of climate change and an increasing food demand.

This position provides numerous opportunities for interested candidates: (1) to gain experience coordinating a new multi-model study to evaluate soybean crop models under conditions of elevated COwith unique data from FACE (Free-Air CO2 Enrichment) experiments; (2) to work with presently available datasets for publication from a multi-model study focused on simulation of crop evapotranspiration (ET) and soybean growth under water stress; (3) to collaborate with an international team of crop modelers, data experimentalists, and climatologists within AgMIP.

Key responsibilities: Develop protocols for a new multi-model study on response to CO2, prepare experimental data and model inputs, coordinate collection of model outputs, conduct data analysis, write research manuscripts, and present results at international meetings.

Qualifications:  PhD in crop modeling or in grain crops ecophysiology or agronomy with experience in the use of a crop simulation model. Strong analytical and scientific writing skills, with proficient knowledge of at least one statistical analysis software and programming language.

Appointment and start date: To be appointed in the fall of 2021 or when a suitable candidate is found. This position is for one year and could be extended based on merit. We offer competitive salary and associated benefits.

Location: The candidate will be located on the main campus of the University of Kentucky in Lexington, KY, United States. Lexington is a vibrant and progressive, family-friendly city with a bustling entertainment scene conveniently situated in the inner bluegrass region of Kentucky just 80 miles from Louisville and Cincinnati and a short drive to the world-renowned Red River Gorge and Daniel Boone National Forest. Lexington airport is well connected with daily flights to several major hubs (Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Dallas, Washington, Philadelphia) making travel to any national or international destination simple.

Application: To apply, please send to Dr. Montse Salmeron (msalmeron@uky.edu) a cover letter describing skills and motivation for the position, and a CV with at least two references.

Applications and inquiries from women and minorities are particularly encouraged. The University of Kentucky is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications will be accepted without regard to race, color, age, sex, religion, disability, or national origin. The address of the College of Agriculture EEO Coordinator is room S-101 Agricultural Science Building, 500 S. Limestone, Lexington, KY 40546-0091.