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Two-year Postdoctoral Research Associate Position in Urban Agriculture

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At the University of St. Thomas-Minnesota

Science Centre Careers Center
Aug 2017

The Biology Department at the University of St. Thomas (Saint Paul, MN) invites applicants for a Postdoctoral Research Associate position in urban agriculture. This 100% research position is funded by a National Science Foundation grant for a period of two years, and is a unique opportunity to help develop a new research field. The project focuses on quantifying rates of nutrient recycling and loss from compost application in urban gardens, and includes outreach aimed at reducing urban food insecurity. Duties will include conducting field research and laboratory analyses, supervising teams of undergraduate researchers, analyzing and interpreting data, presenting findings at scientific meetings, and publishing results in refereed journals.

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in place by the date of hire. The successful candidate will have a background in agroecology, urban ecology, soil science, hydrology, biogeochemistry, or a related field. We are particularly looking for someone who is creative and thinks systematically, and who is eager to explore how urban agriculture can contribute to sustainability of urban ecosystems. Excellent oral and written communication skills with documented ability to serve as a lead author in publishing manuscripts is required. Experience mentoring undergraduate researchers is desired. To view details of the position and apply, go to https://staffemployment-stthomas.icims.com/jobs/2978/postdoctoral-research-associate-%28urban-agriculture%29/job. Attach a cover letter and curriculum vitae. Arrange to have three professional reference letters sent to gaston.small@stthomas.edu. Review of applications will begin on September 1 and continue until the position is filled. Anticipated start date is late 2017 or early 2018.

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