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66-22 Postdoctoral Fellow, Akron, CO

Colorado State University

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Working Title 66-22 Postdoctoral Fellow, Akron, CO
Position Location Akron, CO
Research Professional Position No
Posting Number 202201226AP
Position Type Admin Professional/ Research Professional
Classification Title Postdoctoral Fellows
Number of Vacancies 1
Work Hours/Week 40
Proposed Annual Salary Range The salary range for this position is $70,000-$75,000. Salary is commensurate with education and experience.
Employee Benefits
Colorado State University (CSU) is committed to providing employees with a strong and competitive benefits package that supports you, your health, and your family. Visit CSU’s Human Resources website for detailed benefit plan information for permanent full-time and part-time faculty and administrative professional employees in the following University benefit areas: https://hr.colostate.edu/hr-community-and-supervisors/benefits/benefits-eligibility/ & https://hr.colostate.edu/prospective-employees/our-perks/ .
Desired Start Date 11/01/2022
Position End Date (if temporary)
To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) on 09/06/2022
Description of Work Unit
We are committed to increasing the diversity of our staff and providing culturally responsive programs and services. Therefore, we encourage responses from people of all backgrounds and abilities. We invite you to review Colorado State University’s Principles of Community that guide our mission and vision of access, teaching, service and engagement.
The Office of Engagement and Extension (OEE) was organized in 2006 to advance CSU’s engagement and outreach missions. In addition to CSU Extension, OEE includes CSU Extended Campus (including CSU Online), the Colorado Water Center, and a variety of vibrant programs that engage the teaching, research, extension, and service missions of Colorado State University. The Vice President for Engagement and Extension (VPEE) is the principal administrative, academic, and fiscal officer for these divisions, reports to the CSU President, and works closely with the Provost/Executive Vice President. These divisions work collaboratively across all Colleges and offices on campus, and have strong engagement programs throughout Colorado, the Western US and globally. At any given time, OEE’s divisions include over 400 employees. The total of budgets for all divisions is approximately $85 million. OEE is one of the most institutionally comprehensive commitments to engagement and outreach among all land-grant and other universities. Propelled by OEE’s leadership, nationally CSU is a Carnegie Engaged University (2008, 2014), is a member of the Engagement Scholarship Consortium, is an APLU Innovation and Economic Prosperity University (2016), and is highly ranked for its online degree programs. Annually, CSU Extended Campus garners enrollments of over 10,000 learners and CSU Extension delivers approximately 500,000 educational contacts.
Colorado State University, a prestigious Carnegie Doctoral Research Very High University, was established in 1870 and remains inspired by its land-grant heritage and world-class faculty, staff and students. CSU enrolls approximately 33,000 on-campus undergraduate, graduate, and professional students, and is the largest employer in northern Colorado with more than 7,400 faculty and staff. Colorado State University is located 60 miles north of Denver in the beautiful city of Fort Collins.
The Central Great Plains Resource Management Research (CGPRM) Unit in Akron, Colorado is part of the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) with a mission “to enhance the economic and environmental well-being of agriculture by development of integrated cropping systems and technologies for maximum utilization of soil and water resources. Emphasizes on efficient use of plant nutrients, pesticides, and water and soil conservation/preservation.” The CGPRM unit’s interdisciplinary, ecosystem research promotes collaborations among disciplines and across fields of expertise with Colorado State University (CSU) and throughout the world.
The role of this position is critical because CSU, as a soft-money research institute, requires such support to provide essential funding for timely research that sustains CSU’s vital role in the research community both locally and across the globe.
Position Summary
This postdoctoral position will support research efforts related to dryland farming systems. The applicant will be part of a multidisciplinary team of multi-university and USDA-ARS collaborative consortium focused on soil health and nutrient dynamics assessments. A successful applicant should have familiarity with soil physical, chemical, and biological processes that influence soil health and crop production. This includes knowledge of aggregate stability and size distribution, phospholipid fatty acid (PLFA), enzyme activities, soil organic matter (SOM) decomposition, and statistical analysis. The selected applicant will lead or contribute to projects that evaluate the effects of management decisions on overall soil health and land productivity in dryland cropping systems.
Strong written and verbal communication skills are required, as well as the ability to work well in a team that includes interdisciplinary scientists, managers, and modelers. The candidate is expected to be fluent in statistics, spatial analysis, data analysis, and writing reports, such as refereed journal articles and extension publications. In addition, the candidate will assist and coordinate the work of laboratory assistants and high school students, and lead or assist in sampling research sites inside and outside Colorado.
This position is based in Akron, CO.
Required Job Qualifications
  • Completed PhD in soil ecology, conservation, agronomy, or related discipline.
  • Experience in statistical analyses.
  • Excellent computer skills and strong competency with SAS are needed.
  • The ability to travel to multiple sites outside Colorado for soil sampling and organizing the trip with the collaborated scientist at the study sites.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license or the ability to obtain a driver’s license or access to a licensed driver by the employment start date.
Preferred Job Qualifications
  • Demonstrated evidence of excellent written and oral communication skills, including high-quality presentations, and a strong commitment to produce timely, high-quality refereed journal publications.
  • Strong time-management skills and the ability to undertake several concurrent projects, tasks, and deadlines.
  • Ability to learn and adapt new procedures associated with soil health assessments that are important to the research objectives.
  • Familiarity with the current literature related to soil health in dryland systems.
  • Experience with data syntheses, diversity of statistical approaches, graphics, data tabulation, and field work.
  • Demonstrated ability to interact successfully with the interdisciplinary team and with partners, including federal agencies.
Diversity Statement
Personal or professional commitment to diversity and inclusion as demonstrated by persistent effort, active planning, allocation of resources and/or accountability for diversity and inclusion outcomes.

Essential Duties


Job Duty Category Research
Duty/Responsibility
  • Receive, collect, and analyze different types of soil, plant, and weather data
  • Perform statistical analysis, spatial analysis, summarize data, and write reports, such as refereed journal articles and extension publications
  • Assist and coordinate the work of laboratory assistants and high school students
  • Lead or assist in sampling research sites inside and outside Colorado
  • Lead or contribute to projects that evaluate the effects of management decisions on overall soil health and land productivity in dryland cropping systems
  • Co-oversight of Soil health research assessment
Percentage Of Time 85
Job Duty Category Communication
Duty/Responsibility
  • Communication with research team and funders on progress and outcomes
  • Summarize data and write reports, both for academia and extension
Percentage Of Time 15

Application Details


Special Instructions to Applicants
For full consideration, all materials must be RECEIVED no later than 11:59 PM Mountain Time on Tuesday, September 6, 2022. Please submit the following to apply:
  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • Transcript(s) of college(s) course work showing degrees conferred. Please remove all references to birth date or social security number.
  • Special Required Documentation – Statement (no more than 5 pages) of how you meet all applicable “Required” and “Preferred” Job Qualifications. Please respond to each bullet point separately.

All applicants will be contacted approximately 15 working days after the deadline regarding their status. Next steps and interview dates will be shared to those moving forward. Four professional references will be requested of applicants that advance in the interview process.
For questions regarding the application process, contact the Office of Equal Opportunity at (970) 491-5836 or email oeo@colostate.edu. For questions regarding the job vacancy, responsibilities, and salary, please contact Joel Schneekloth at joel.schneekloth@colostate.edu.
Conditions of Employment Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires), Valid Driver’s License
Search Contact Joel Schneekloth, (970) 345-0805 or joel.schneekloth@colostate.edu
EEO Statement
Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, or pregnancy in its employment, programs, services and activities, and admissions, and, in certain circumstances, marriage to a co-worker. The University will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity and equal access institution and affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.
The Title IX Coordinator is the Director of the Office of Title IX Programs and Gender Equity, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-1715, titleix@colostate.edu .
The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836, oeo@colostate.edu .
The Coordinator for any other forms of misconduct prohibited by the University’s Policy on Discrimination and Harassment is the Vice President for Equity, Equal Opportunity and Title IX, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, Co. 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836, oeo@colostate.edu .
Any person may report sex discrimination under Title IX to the Office of Civil Rights, Department of Education .
Background Check Policy Statement
Colorado State University strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks for the finalist before a final offer. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will also be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the University, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

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