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    Summary

    The incumbent serves as a Research Soil Scientist, Agricultural Engineer, or Hydrologist in a multi-disciplinary program at the National Soil Erosion Research Laboratory (NSERL) in West, Lafayette, Indiana. The mission of the NSERL is to quantify the dynamics and transport processes affecting environmental quality and agricultural sustainability and to develop tools for land users to conserve soil and water resources.

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    Responsibilities

    • Use soil physical, chemical, and hydrologic analyses to quantify changes in soil and water quality at multiple spatial and temporal scales as a function of management, climate, and soil type.
    • Elucidate mechanisms in which soil and water quality impacts agricultural productivity and environmental quality.
    • Provide input to modelling efforts related to soil erosion, contaminant transport, agricultural production and resiliency, and ecosystem services.
    • Identify important research questions related to soil erosion, soil quality, water quality/quantity, climate change, sustainable agriculture, and natural resource management.
    • Recognize, conceive, plan, direct, and conduct research through a systems approach that is rooted on the foundation of basic science.
    • Conduct laboratory and field studies individually or jointly with federal, state, and international scientists.
    • Provide technical guidance in area of expertise to ARS scientists as well as scientists from domestic and international universities and research organizations.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Local, domestic, and international travel will be required for field work and to attend training and scientific meetings and conferences.

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    15

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