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Postdoctoral Associate - Iowa State University

Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering and Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management

Position Focus: Development of scenarios for reaching Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy Goals across Iowa

Appointment: 12-month, full-time; appointment beyond first year dependent on continued funding. Position available immediately.

Project Description: The Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy Nonpoint Source Science Assessment estimated nutrient load reduction at a Major Land Resources Area scale, with estimates then aggregated to the state level. However, this effort did not specifically account for nutrient reduction practice applicability in different landform regions of the state. With this project we would expand on previous Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy efforts by examining different landform regions and specifically accounting for the maximum level of practice implementation that could be expected to be achieved. This is important for assessing alternative scenarios for nutrient reduction in various landform regions, and prioritizing practices that have the greatest opportunity for implementation and nutrient load reduction.

Position Responsibilities: The Postdoctoral Associate will review and update practice performance for reducing nitrogen and phosphorus loads from agricultural lands. The individual in this position will incorporate best management practice information into the development of nutrient reduction scenarios for various watersheds across Iowa accounting for the maximum level of implementation that could be achieved with the various practices. This scenario development will also assess the cost effectiveness of various options. This work will utilize the Agricultural Conservation Planning Framework (ACPF) tool for assessing practice implementation. As part of this work there would be a review of tools or approaches that can be used in evaluating potential load reductions.

Qualifications: An earned PhD in soil science, agronomy, natural resources, agricultural or civil engineering, environmental science, or similar program. The candidate should have knowledge and/or experience in soil and water quality assessment including monitoring and modeling and a background in utilizing GIS. A familiarity with nutrient related issues in row-crop agriculture is preferred. A record of scholarly publications, including author/coauthor of peer-reviewed publications is strongly preferred. The candidate must be self-motivated and have a demonstrated record of working in multi-disciplinary teams.

Salary: Competitive and commensurate with experience.

Effective: Applications accepted until the position is filled.

Application Process: Submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references to Matt Helmers, Professor, Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, 4354 Elings Hall, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011. For questions regarding this position, contact Tom Isenhart at isenhart@iastate.edu (515-294-8056) or Matthew Helmers at mhelmers@iastate.edu (515-294- 6717). Email applications are preferred.

Iowa State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, ethnicity, religion, national origin, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, sex, marital status, disability, or status as a U.S. veteran.