Post-Doctoral Research Associate - Cranberry Station, CAFE
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Work type: Post Doc (Amherst Only)
Location: UMass Amherst
Department: Cranbry Stat Ext
Union: Post Doc
Categories: Postdoctoral Research Associate, College of Natural Sciences
About the University of Massachusetts Amherst
UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked
public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate,
and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the
scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts and offers a rich cultural
environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition,
the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College,
Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to
the intellectual energy of the region.
About UMass Cranberry Station
Established in 1910, located 140 miles east of the main campus in the town of
East Wareham, Southeastern Massachusetts, the Cranberry Station is
administratively linked to the UMass Amherst Campus. It is a research and
outreach center charged with the mission of enhancing the economic viability
of the Massachusetts Cranberry Industry and serving the public welfare by
supporting economic development and the protection of the environment.
Currently, there are 15 full-time employees. The Cranberry Station enjoys an
active partnership with USDA-ARS (housing 2 scientists on site), cranberry
growers and industry. The facility has 18 acres of cranberry bog for research
and production, with 11 acres on site.
Although irrigation is an essential component of cranberry production, the
water demand for crop production may deplete local water resources. Through
funding from USDA, UMASS seeks to better understanding plant-water dynamics to
enhance crop production and conserve water resources in southeastern
Massachusetts. The goals of this project are as follows: (1) refine models
of frost protection for cranberries, which will be tested against an existing
model used by the Cape Cod Cranberry Growers Association to forecast frost
events for cranberries, (2) evaluate the effects of diurnal variation in
soil tension on cranberry production, and (3) assess regional trends in
irrigation thresholds for cranberry production.
The UMass Cranberry Station is seeking applicants to fill a postdoctoral
research associate position in East Wareham, Massachusetts. The Postdoctoral
Research Associate will on water-plant dynamics in cranberry production.
Specifically, the Research Associate will refine current models for applying
irrigation for spring frost protection and summer soil moisture. UMass
Cranberry Station in East Wareham, Massachusetts, under the mentorship of
Principal Investigator Dr. Peter Jeranyama.
Examples of duties:
Install temperature, relative humidity, and wind speed sensors in at least
10 abandoned cranberry farms. Data will be collected over two spring frost
seasons and used to verify a frost protection model. Standard statistical
techniques will be employed to evaluate model performance relative to an
Obtain soil tension data from individual growers and conduct surveys to
compile a large dataset of soil tension thresholds used in the major
cranberry producing states (MA, NJ, WI).
Conduct greenhouse experiments to test how sinusoidal variation in soil
tension affects cranberry production. Research Associate will test the
hypothesis that extreme amplitude variation in soil tension adversely
affects cranberry production, with higher production related to a more
constant supply of irrigation. Various yield component metrics will be
evaluated. Greenhouse experiments will include treatments of sprinkler
irrigation (high amplitude), subsurface irrigation (low amplitude),
and combinations of sprinkler and subsurface irrigation (medium
Collaborate with the PI (Dr. Peter Jeranyama), and USDA collaborator
(Dr. Casey Kennedy) and the extension outreach team to prepare grant
reports and to generate funding renewals, as needed. Compile manuscripts
for publication in appropriate journals and present results in
international, regional and national conferences.
Work collaboratively and effectively to promote teamwork, diversity,
equality and inclusiveness.
Work in partnership with colleagues within the CNS community and across
the campus to support the Dean's strategic priorities.
Perform other duties as assigned in support of the mission and goals of
the College of Natural Sciences.
Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education,
Experience, Certifications, Licensure)
Ph.D. degree in Plant Sciences (incl. Horticulture and Crop Science), or
Agroclimatology or Biostatistics or related field.
Understanding and experience in projects related to plant science,
agroclimatology, laboratory analysis of plant samples, statistics and
published articles on the related subject matter.
Physical Demands/Working Conditions
The incumbent should feel comfortable working in inclement outdoor conditions
on occasion. The work is split between field, lab, and office.
Monday - Friday, 40 hours a week, 100% FTE.
Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Special Instructions to Applicants
To apply, submit a cover letter, CV, and contact information for three
references. The search will remain open and applicants will continue to be
reviewed until position is filled. Questions about the position may be
directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
As part of a commitment to their own multicultural community, CNS seeks an
individual with a demonstrated commitment to diversity and one who will
understand and embrace university initiatives and aspirations.
(https: // www. cns.umass.edu/diversity-equity-inclusion)
UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to
race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual
orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or
genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic
programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide
services or products to the University. To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst
is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or
mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment
and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and
covered veterans. It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the
applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal
opportunity and affirmative action.
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