[Taxacom] Position announcement: Post-doc in Weed Ecology and Management

Mariam Lekveishvili lekveish at umd.edu
Wed Jul 28 14:50:19 CDT 2010

Post-doctoral Research Associate in Weed Ecology and Management
University of Maryland
Department of Entomology

The University of Maryland is seeking a motivated and skilled agro-ecologist with an interest in environmentally-based weed management and working with producers to join the integrated pest management and applied ecology group. Research opportunities include (a) ecological-based weed management, specifically applied research on how cover crops impact weed seed predation, establishment and seed bank parameters in double cropped organic vegetable cropping systems. Contribution to extension and outreach tasks is expected. Outreach activities may consist of working directly with farmers on sustainable weed management tactics, producing short training videos on sustainable weed management, presentation of research activities at local grower meetings including organic conferences. We are emphasizing, on-farm research that engages farmer participants and video narratives in our outreach efforts. Thus, strong communication skills are essential.

Essential qualifications include (1) PhD in agronomy, ecology or related discipline; (2) a demonstrated record of peer-reviewed publications; (3) experience with weed management in field or vegetable cropping systems; and (4) strong interpersonal and public speaking communication skills. Desired qualifications include knowledge of organic and/or sustainable farming systems, experience in the establishment and maintenance of field experiments. The ideal candidate will have the desire to conduct original research, addressing applied and basic questions related to ecological weed management in organic and low input cropping systems.

The Post-doctoral Research Associate designs, establishes and maintains field, greenhouse or laboratory experiments; develops sampling protocols for experiments; supervises graduate student(s) and student employees; identifies and communicates with farmer-cooperators regarding on farm research/demonstration; communicates with Co-Project Investigators and college farm facility personnel to coordinate research activities; analyzes data from new or existing experiments; prepares summary tables and figures for publication; drafts manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals; prepares applied research summary for grant progress; presents research results at local, regional, and national meetings and conferences; a valid driver license is required.

The position is housed in the Department of Entomology at the University of Maryland, in College Park, Maryland. The position is available starting March 1, 2011, for a 1-year appointment which could be extended for up to two additional years, contingent upon satisfactory performance. Please submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information of three references to: Cerruti RR Hooks, Assistant Professor of Entomology, 4112 Plant Science bldg. College Park, MD 20472.  Review of applications will commence immediately and will continue until a suitable pool is identified. Annual Salary Range: $45,000 - $50,000 plus benefits.

The University of Maryland is an EO/AA employer.

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