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Post-doctoral Researcher – Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, South Dakota State University

Dr. John McMaine is recruiting for an exceptional post-doctoral researcher specializing in hydrologic and meteorological data analysis. Incumbent will work on a variety of projects including the Roadmap to Resilience (also known as the Willow Creek Watershed Project, working to mitigate soil moisture risk, too much or not enough, at the field and watershed scales); establishing baseline nutrient loss and nutrient loss risk factors of subsurface drainage (tile) in Eastern South Dakota (30+ tile outlets); and assessing the capacity of small communities in South Dakota to manage stormwater and runoff. This position will work extensively with large datasets related to soil moisture, evapotranspiration, water quality, crop risk and precision agriculture.

This position will have opportunities to work with other regional and national scientists and engineers, producers and government agencies to address real-world issues through meaningful research and outreach. 

Competitive applicants will have a Ph.D. in Agricultural Engineering, Civil Engineering, Environmental Science, Agronomy, Data Science, Hydroinformatics or related background in water quality, hydrology, or similar field.  Prior field research experience is helpful, interest in field research is required. Experience working with, analyzing, and interpreting large datasets is required. Interested individuals with strong academic backgrounds and a desire to work on exciting and impactful research and outreach projects should send a CV, contact information for three references, transcript (unofficial is acceptable at this stage) and a cover letter that includes a brief summary of relevant experience, research interests, and long-term goals (less than one page) to Dr. John McMaine ( no later than October 14, 2022 at 5 p.m. Central Time.

Field Work Near Crooks, SD
Fall field work