Research Associate in Cropping Systems

Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center, Uvalde is seeking a Research Associate to join the Vegetable Physiology and Crop Ecophysiology programs to actively participate in a multidisciplinary Cropping System project. The project involves deficit irrigation strategies (ET based) under center pivot in a crop rotational system with cotton, corn, wheat, onion, pepper, and melon germplasm. The candidate will evaluate and quantify root and canopy traits associated with drought tolerance, and determine the spatial and temporal variability of those traits and their association with water use efficiency, yield and quality. He/she will use gas exchange analyzer, minirhizotrons, soil/plant sensors, and dataloggers to collect and process phenotypic data. He/she will use statistical models to interpret data and summarize results for reports, scientific publications and presentations. The candidate will also assist in the preparation of grant proposals and train/supervise students and technicians as needed. Required qualifications include a Master of Science in plant/crop physiology, horticulture, agronomy, soil science or closely related field or B.S. degree in a relevant field plus two years of related professional experience; excellent English communication skills, and an ability to interact in a multicultural environment. Preferred qualifications include Ph.D. degree in horticulture, agronomy or related discipline. The initial employment is for two years, with continued hire based on progress and financial support. For additional information please contact Dr. Daniel Leskovar at ( Review of applications will begin May 25, 2014 and will continue until a suitable candidate is identified. Interested parties should apply at for NOV#07698. Texas A&M AgriLife Research is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer.

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