Western Kansas Agricultural Research Centers
WKARC Employment Opportunities
Position Announcement

Position Title: Postdoctoral Research Associate in Crop Modeling and Deficit Irrigation Management

Location: Kansas State University, Southwest Research-Extension Center, Garden City, Kansas

Duration: 24 Months

Salary: Commensurate with experience.

Starting date: May 1, 2015

Position Description:
A postdoctoral position is available in the irrigation research group at the Southwest Research-Extension Center, Garden City, in the area of crop modeling and limited/deficit irrigation management. The successful candidate will be a key member of a research team conducting advanced deficit irrigation research for major crops grown in the US Central Plains including corn, wheat, grain sorghum and forages. The candidate will also be involved in highly collaborative activities involving development of deficit irrigation model-driven decision support (DIMOD) tools for producers, crop consultants and other stakeholders. The candidate will be expected to write peer reviewed journal articles, present research results at meetings, and participate in proposal writing and field work activities. Kansas State University actively seeks diversity among its employees.

A doctoral degree or PhD (ABD) in agricultural engineering or closely related field by start date is preferred. Documented experience with crop modeling (DSSAT, RZWQM2 and WOFOST), field research, manuscript preparation and presentation of research at meetings.

Preferred Qualifications:  Experience with designing and implementing agronomic field experiments, programing (e.g., ability to modify model source codes written in FORTRAN), and general knowledge of irrigation management for row crops.

Application Guidelines:
Please send a cover letter, CV, three authored publications, and contact information for three references to Dr. Isaya Kisekka. E-mail: ikisekka@ksu.edu. Screening of applications will begin April 1, 2015, and continue until the position is filled.


Position Announcement
POSITION: Research Assistant Professor, Millet Breeding, 12-month, non-tenure track, 100% Research. Term position with funding commitment for five years.
LOCATION: Kansas State University Agricultural Research Center, Hays, Kansas.
RESPONSIBILITIES:  Lead an applied millet breeding program to explore and evaluate germplasm, and to develop and release elite pearl millet parent lines. Breeding will focus on adaptation to dryland conditions, tolerance to biotic and abiotic stresses, and improved grain and forage yield using conventional and molecular approaches. This individual will be expected to develop active collaborations with other plant science disciplines at KSU. In particular, the successful candidate will forge strong ties with the USAID Feed the Future Sorghum and Millet Innovation Lab at KSU and will establish partnerships with national and international programs in Africa and Asia. Expectations also include publication of research results in peer-reviewed literature in a timely manner and success in securing extramural funds for research and capacity building activities.
QUALIFICATIONS: Required: Ph.D. in plant breeding, genetics, agronomy or related field with a strong background in applied plant breeding. Ability to conceive, plan, and implement research in plant breeding and genetics. Ability to interpret and report results to the scientific community and industry clientele. Ability to complete research projects as evidenced by publication of the applicant’s graduate research and presentation of scholarly work. Excellent communication skills in written and oral English. Interpersonal skills that promote interaction in a multidisciplinary context. Ability to work in a multi-cultural setting and create an environment that fosters diversity, collegiality, and teamwork.
Preferred: Experience in applied plant breeding in pearl millet or other dryland cereal crops. Demonstrated record of scientific publication and competitive grant writing commensurate with current career development.
SALARY: Commensurate with academic training and experience. Standard Kansas State University faculty benefits.
AVAILABLE: June 1, 2015.
APPLICATION PROCEDURES: Submit by e-mail (PDF files) a narrative summarizing goals and qualifications, a personal resume, and copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts.  Arrange for three letters of reference to be sent directly to the search committee by e-mail (PDF files). Screening of applications begins March 16, 2015, and continues until the position is filled.


Submit application materials to:
Robert L. Gillen, Head
Western Kansas Agricultural Research Centers
e-mail:                    gillen@ksu.edu
Telephone:           785-625-3425 ext. 202
Address letters of reference to:
Millet Breeding Search Committee
Kansas State University
Agricultural Research Center – Hays
1232 240th Avenue
Hays, KS 67601


For additional information, access:
Western Kansas Agricultural Research Centers
Sorghum and Millet Innovation Lab
Department of Agronomy
Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans.
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Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans.  Background check required.




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