Research Agronomist

National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment, Agroecosystems Management Research Unit (AMRU)

The incumbent serves as a Research Agronomist for the Sustainable and Resilient Cropping Systems for Midwestern Landscapes research project in the National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment, Agroecosystems Management Research Unit (AMRU) in Ames, Iowa. The mission of the AMRU is to develop sustainable integrated cropping systems and livestock management technologies and disseminate useful information and technologies to customers.

Responsibilities 

  • Design innovative ecologically based cropping systems that protect and enhance soil and water resources and are economically competitive and sustainable.
  • Quantify agronomic responses of diverse cropping systems, including profitability.
  • Quantify the impact of diverse cropping systems on water and nutrient use efficiency.
  • Quantify carbon and nutrient cycling in diverse cropping systems.
  • Utilize crop models to evaluate the potential impacts of diverse and innovative systems on productivity and ecosystem services over a range of spatial-temporal scales.

Travel Required

Occasional travel – Local, national, and international travel is required to visit research sites and attend workshops, scientific conferences, and training.

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

15

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