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Post Doctoral Research Associate - Applied Soil Chemistry
University of Nebraska–Lincoln in Lincoln, New Mexico
Date Posted 05/06/2021
Admin-Laboratory and Research
Employment Type FullTime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Position Information

Working Title Post Doctoral Research Associate - Applied Soil Chemistry
Department Agronomy & Horticulture-0827
Requisition Number F_210056
Posting Open Date 05/05/2021
Application Review Date: (To ensure consideration, please submit all application materials before review date) 06/07/2021
Posting Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Description of Work

The Post-Doctoral Research Associate is expected to support Dr. Kaiser in his publication and research grant efforts as well as in the supervision of undergraduate and graduate students. The incumbent will specifically support Dr. Kaiser’s research activities about i) deep soil carbon dynamics in grassland and agricultural soils, ii) biochar properties and potential benefits for agricultural soil of Rwanda, iii) benefits from soil biochar application within the climate action plan of the city of Lincoln, NE, and iv) biochar surface functionalization with iron to retain soil water and nutrients. The group mainly focuses on clarifying effects of soil parent material as well as land use type and soil management on organic matter characteristics and carbon dynamics in topsoils and subsoils. For this, samples from laboratory and field experiments as well as from study sites characterized by different types of soil and vegetation cover will be analyzed by fractionation methods as well as by spectroscopic, microscopic and isotopic techniques. One of the long-term goals is the development of sustainable management options that enhance and maintain soil carbon storage while ensuring resource efficient crop production.

In addition to the above-described duties, the individual will be expected to accept committee assignments, reporting responsibilities, and other special ad hoc assignments as requested at the administrative unit, college/division, institute, and or university level.

As an EO/AA employer, qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation. See

Minimum Required Qualifications

• PhD required in soil science, soil chemistry, biogeochemistry, organic geochemistry, or a related field.
• Record of publication in peer-reviewed international journals.
• Research experiences in soil organic carbon dynamics.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience with i) soil organic matter fractionation, ii) soil micro- and mesocosm experiments statistical evaluation of soil data, and iii) biochar experiments
Knowledge about i) statistical evaluation of soil data, ii) analytical techniques such as SEM, XPS, XRF, and FTIR, and iii) measurement of carbon and nitrogen isotopes.

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How to Apply

Click “Apply to this Job” and complete the information form. Attach a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, contact information for three professional references, and two representative manuscripts. Combine manuscripts into one document and attach as “Other Document.”

For questions or accommodations related to this position contact

Kay McClure-Kelly

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Job Category (old) Managerial/Professional
Job Type Full-Time
Position funded by grant or other form of temporary funding? Yes
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