The Department of Soil, Water, and Climate and the Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering at the University of Minnesota seek to hire an irrigation specialist who can provide expertise and educational programming on efficient water and nutrient use for irrigators in Minnesota.
Located at the Twin Cities flagship campus of the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis/St. Paul, housed in the Department of Soil, Water, & Climate in St. Paul
70% Department of Soil, Water, & Climate, 30% Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering
Provide leadership and effective Extension programming on issues related to irrigation
Conduct applied research on irrigation technology to improve water use efficiency, sustain agricultural production, and enhance protection of water resources
Expand and update evapotranspiration (ET) weather stations and irrigation scheduling tools to meet current needs and technology
Develop and update a series of irrigation best management practices (BMPs) related to water scheduling techniques such as soil moisture monitoring, plant moisture stress monitoring, and tools needed to determine real-time deficits
Work closely with nutrient management specialists, hydrologists, climatologists, and extension educators within the department, college, and state agencies
Applications must include a cover letter with a summary of extension and research interests especially related to irrigation and crop/nutrient management, a detailed resume, a copy of undergraduate and graduate transcripts, and the names and addresses of three persons who would serve as references.
Review of applications will begin October 18th, 2017 and continue until the position is filled.
Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Our presumption is that prospective employees are eligible to work at the University of Minnesota. Criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify finalists from employment.
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Earned Ph.D. degree in soil science, water resources science, hydrology, biosystems engineering, crop science, agronomy, or related field;
Research or practical experience working with irrigated crops and irrigation scheduling;
Basic understanding of the interactions between plant-water relationships and nitrogen fertilizer;
Demonstrated achievement in written communication.
Broad understanding of irrigation management impacts on hydrology, groundwater processes, and nitrate contamination;
Experience in educational programming and documented effectiveness in conducting applied research;
Experience working effectively in interdisciplinary research and extension teams and with diverse clientele groups;
Excellent oral communication skills
Additional Salary Information: Salary and Benefits:
Competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications.
Benefits include: University retirement; group life, medical, and dental.
Detailed benefits can be found at http://www1.umn.edu/ohr/benefits/index.html
About University of Minnesota - Dept. of Soil, Water, & Climate
The mission of the Department of Soil, Water, and Climate is to advance the understanding of Earth system processes and the interaction among land, atmosphere, and water. Through research, teaching, and extension we seek to:
- improve and protect the quality of soil, air, and water resources in natural and managed ecosystems;
- enhance agricultural and forest productivity and sustainability;
- ...predict and mitigate impacts of environmental and climate change on ecosystems and society; and
provide science based knowledge for improved decision making and a better informed citizenry.