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Position Information

Position Information:

Working Title: Postdoctoral Associate
Faculty Rank: Postdoctoral Associate
Posting Number: SR0170303
About Virginia Tech:

Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT—serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. We seek candidates who adopt and practice the Principles of Community, which are fundamental to our on-going efforts to increase access and inclusion, and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world.

Position Summary:

This position provides an opportunity for biofuel sorghum research and extension education with the Virginia Tech’s Tidewater Agricultural Research and Experiment station. The main responsibility is leading the field work, data collection and management, and publication of reports and peer-reviewed publications on sorghum variety assessment for agronomic and physiological traits such as water use efficiency, and optimization of agronomic practices for biofuel biomass production including nitrogen use and seeding rate. Direct and remote measurements of crop performance can be done traditionally and using unmanned aerial platforms. Writing grant proposals and presenting research results at professional meetings are expected. The position requires weekly travel to the testing sites in southeastern Virginia, constant communication with collaborators in North Carolina and South Carolina, and occasional travels to meeting in these states. The position requires a solid understanding of agronomic principles for high production of biomass, accuracy with data collection, and work well with others in a team.

Required Qualifications:

Ph.D. degree in agronomy, physiology, or related disciplines; ability to independently design (statistically) an experiment, execute field research (from planting to post-harvest), and analyze and interpret the results (linear and non-linear models in SAS, JMP, Systat, etc.) documented by the record of publications; ability to give and follow orders; communicate effectively in English (in oral and writing); good organizational skills; must have a valid driving license and record

Preferred Qualifications:

Previous experience with bioenergy sorghum or remote sensing research or both; good record of peer-review publications and presentations at professional meetings; ability to write research proposals.

Employment Conditions: Must have an acceptable and safe driving record
Must have a conviction check: Yes
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Employment Comments:
How to Apply for this Job:

Qualified applicants must electronically submit online application, Transcript, cover letter, resume/curriculum vitae, and a list of 3 professional references to Apply to posting #SR0170303. Applicant screening will continue until the position is filled.

Employee Category: Research Faculty
Appointment Type: Restricted
If restricted or temporary, enter end date: 12/31/2018
FLSA Status: Exempt: Not eligible for overtime
Tenure Status: Non-Tenure Track
Academic Year or Calendar Year: Calendar Year
Percent Employment: Full-time
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Pay Band
Pay Range: Commensurate with Experience
Department: Tidewater AREC
Location: Other - Virginia
Location, if not Blacksburg: Tidewater AREC, Suffolk, VA
Location Zip Code: 23437
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday
Job Posting Date: 08/01/2017
Review Begin Date: 08/25/2017
Job Close Date(if applicable):
Restricted to university employees only? No
Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Statement:

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, or veteran status; or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees, or applicants; or any other basis protected by law.

For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, contact the executive director for Equity and Accessibility at 540-231-2010 or Virginia Tech, North End Center, Suite 2300 (0318), 300 Turner St. NW, Blacksburg, VA 24061.

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

If you are an individual with a disability and desire accommodation please contact the hiring department.

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Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vita
  2. Transcript
  3. List of References
Optional Documents
  1. Cover Letter