The Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) seeks a Postdoctoral Scholar to participate in a multidisciplinary USDA-funded project focusing on evaluation of cover crop-based, reduced tillage strategies in organic grain cropping systems. The Postdoctoral Scholar will work closely with Weed Ecology, Entomology, Plant Pathology, and Soil Science personnel to coordinate research and extension activities associated with on-station and on-farm studies. The position will be housed in Penn State’s Plant Science Department on the University Park campus in State College, PA.

We seek a highly motivated scientist interested in advancing understanding of agroecological practices in organic grain systems. The successful candidate will work well with research faculty, graduate students, undergraduate employees, technical staff and on-farm collaborators. Applicants are required to have a Ph.D. in an appropriate field (Agronomy, Agroecology, Soil Science, or pest management discipline) and be able to provide evidence that all requirements have been met for completion of the Ph.D. prior to the effective date of hire. This is a fixed-term position funded for one year from date of hire with a good possibility of re-funding. Knowledge of organic production practices and ecology of agronomic (corn, soybean, small grains) systems will be of value for competing for this position. The position requires field work, including a valid driver’s license, and the potential for overnight travel. The candidate must possess excellent communication and organizational skills and demonstrate evidence of effective writing through peer-reviewed publications. A complete application will include a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, contact information for three references, and examples of publications.

For further information, please contact John Wallace ( ). Please use “ROSE postdoc applicant” in the subject line). Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Employment will require successful completion of background check(s) in accordance with University policies. Successful completion of a motor vehicle records check will be required in addition to standard background checks. Penn State is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity and the diversity of its workforce.


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