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Iowa State University Postdoc Research Associate – Bioeconomy Institute in Ames, Iowa

Position Title:Postdoc Research Associate – Bioeconomy Institute

Appointment Type:Post Doc/Trainee

Job Description:Summary of Duties and Responsibilities:

Postdoc will work closely with BEI co-Director and Regenerative Agriculture team to conduct assessment of subfield profitability and GHG emissions for corn-soybean systems. Using a collection of data from public sources on land use, soils, and economics and integration with APSIM, the Agricultural Production Systems sIMulator, a process-based agricultural model, this position will formulate yield predictions for corn, soybeans, cover crops, and perennial biomass. This role will also provide updated assessments based on real-time input cost and market data and conduct subfield assessment for yield, profitability, and environmental performance on 5.1 million acres in the pilot project region (Iowa, Missouri) to inform outreach efforts using Foresite. While efforts will be collaborative, it is expected that the PostDoc work independently and ultimately publish results through scientific journals, technical conferences and funding agency reports.

Required Minimum Qualifications:

PhD or Doctoral Degree

Preferred Qualifications:

  • PhD in Engineering or related discipline with experience analyzing data sets (e.g. land, soil, and economic data integrated with APSIM)

  • Experience developing and refining models of subfield yield, profitability, and environmental performance in the Midwest U.S.

  • Experience drafting and submitting grant proposals and manuscripts for peer-reviewed publication.

Proposed Start Date:June 22, 2023

Proposed End Date or Length of Term:July 31, 2024

Number of Months Employed Per Year:

Time Type:Full time

Application Instructions:

To apply for this position, please click on “Apply” and complete the Employment Application. Please be prepared to enter or attach the following:1) Resume/Curriculum Vitae2) Letter of Application/Cover LetterIf you have questions regarding this application process, please email or call 515-294-4800 or Toll Free: 1-877-477-7485.Why Choose ISU?Iowa State University is committed to fostering a workplace of belonging, where diversity is celebrated and equity is a core value. Our Iowa State Postdocs enjoy comprehensive health and work life benefits, including medical and dental; as well as:• Retirement benefits including defined benefit and defined contribution plans;• Generous vacation, holiday, and sick time and leave plans;• Onsite childcare (Ames, Iowa);• Flexible Spending Accounts;• Various voluntary benefits and discounts• Employee Assistance Program;• Wellbeing Program.

Original Posting Date: May 25, 2023

Posting Close Date:June 4, 2023

Job Requisition Number:R11942

By focusing on the future and providing the best student experience possible, Iowa State attracts students and faculty who want to make a difference. With a comprehensive land-grant mission of education, research, extension and outreach, we produce scholars whose ideas change the world. And through Innovate at Iowa State , we provide innovative and entrepreneurial opportunities for students of all backgrounds. Located just 30 minutes north of Des Moines, the city of Ames was recently named one of the Top 10 cities in the U.S. for campus life and career opportunities.

Iowa State University is a global and culturally diverse university committed to providing an inclusive, equitable, and diverse environment for both learning and employment. We know that diversity in experience and perspective is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and building an inclusive academic community. At Iowa State, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituents. The university has an expectation that all employees will demonstrate a contribution to diversity and inclusion as embodied in Iowa State University's Principles of Community. (

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