A full-time Post-Doctoral Research Associate position is available at Rodale Institute to study the impacts of conventional/organic agricultural practices on soil health and water quality on a six-year grant-funded collaborative project with partner Stroud Water Research Center, currently in year three.
The primary goal of this project is to educate the 15 million+ people, who rely on the Delaware River Watershed (DRW) for clean drinking water, about the linkages between agriculture, soil health, and water quality, while evaluating the potential for innovative farm management techniques to improve soil health and help provide clean fresh water in DRW for humans and wildlife. Agricultural management practices such as reduced tillage and cover crop usage that utilize water efficiently will be investigated and communication programs developed to help facilitate change from farming practices that erode soil and water quality to regenerative practices that enhance soil health and protect and conserve fresh water.
The Post-Doctoral Research Associate will manage field and laboratory activities in a team setting related to soil and agronomic analyses at Rodale Institute’s 40-year-old flagship Farming Systems Trial (FST) in Kutztown, PA and a collaborative research site at Stroud Preserve, West Chester, PA. The Post-Doc Research Associate will conduct rigorous original science to establish the linkages between farming practices with soil health, water quantity and quality, environmental impacts, and agricultural productivity in the DRW.
The Post-Doctoral Research Associate will publish high quality, peer-reviewed research and conduct outreach activities related to meeting the project goals. This position is critical to the success of the project to ensure proper data collection at each site and maintaining a strong collaboration between the two institutions and related partners.
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