Postdoctoral Research Associate I
Posting Number: req11649
Department: Maricopa County Office
Location: Greater Phoenix Area
Address: Phoenix, AZ USA
Position HighlightsThe Field Crops and Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Program of the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension (the Program) maintains focused efforts in a statewide Forage and small grains IPM, with focus on aspects related to environmental and climate impacts on pest management of key alfalfa pests and their natural enemies. The Program is strategically focused on issue-driven challenges and opportunities prioritized by clientele, and are well positioned to be competitive for funds regionally and nationally. The Program has an opening for a full-time, in-person Postdoctoral Research Associate located at the University of Arizona Maricopa County Cooperative Extension in Phoenix. The successful candidate will work with the Program leader and team members, as well as collaborators from other universities to develop an effective Extension and applied research programs in IPM relevant to stakeholders in Arizona and western U.S. The focus will be to integrate problem-solving research and educational activities that improve the economic efficiency of crop production systems while minimizing adverse environmental impacts, especially against the backdrop of a variable and changing climate, and conservation of our natural resources, particularly water.
The purpose of this position is to provide traditional and modern approaches, to investigate the biotic and abiotic factors regulating the relationship among alfalfa plant, insects pest, and natural enemies. Applicants must have a PhD degree in entomology, pest management, agronomy, crops science, environmental sciences, or related discipline. The position requires excellent communication skills and the ability to work independently as well as part of a team are also required.
Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, vision, and life insurance; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!
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Duties & Responsibilities
- Coordinate efforts with established UArizona and multi-university team to develop, implement, synthesis, and evaluate of extension and applied research programs.
- Design experimental and field studies, conduct statistical analysis of collected data, write protocols, reports, publications, and grants, and publish findings in peer-reviewed journals, conference proceedings, and other venues.
- Coordinate day to day activities of recently funded Extension and research grants.
- Travel and assist with research and extension aspects of projects that are conducted at remote sites, as necessary.
- Organize, develop, and assist in on-farm participatory research and demonstration of IPM tactics and strategies in collaboration with Program team members.
- Other duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
- Excellent communication skills and the ability to work independently as well as part of a team.
- Ability to communicate effectively with different groups/individuals.
- Creatively apply own knowledge, skills, and experience to solve problems and deliver solutions for Field Crops IPM end-users in collaboration with the Program leader and team members.
- PhD degree in entomology, agronomy, crops science, environmental sciences, or related discipline. The selected candidate must have a conferred PhD upon hire.
- Valid Driver's License and ability to drive according to the University Fleet Safety Policy.
- PhD degree in entomology, agronomy, crops science, environmental sciences, or related discipline.
Full Time/Part Time: Full Time
Number of Hours Worked per Week: 40
Job FTE: 1.0
Work Calendar: Fiscal
Job Category: Research
Benefits Eligible: Yes - Full Benefits
Rate of Pay: $53,760
Compensation Type: salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)
Type of criminal background check required: Fingerprint criminal background check (security sensitive due to title or department)
Number of Vacancies: 1
Contact Information for Candidates
Open Until Filled: Yes
Documents Needed to Apply: Resume and Cover Letter
Special Instructions to Applicant
Finalists will need to provide 3 references upon request.
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