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Postdoctoral Researcher in Fate and Transport of Phosphorus

31.01.2019 - University of Maryland, College Park, USA

The Department of Environmental Science and Technology at the University of Maryland seeks candidates for a multi-year postdoctoral research associate position on fate and transport of phosphorus in agricultural landscapes. The initial appointment will be for 1-year with the possibility of extension based on performance. (Application deadline 8 March 2019.)

The successful candidate will lead a project investigating the cycling and transport of phosphorus from crop production systems in Maryland. Specific duties of this position will include investigating phosphorus losses via surface (and sub-surface) transport pathways from several edge-of-the-field on-farm sites across the state. Sites will be instrumented with H-flumes, ISCO auto-samplers, flow meters, and rain-gauges. The candidate will collect and analyze water, soil, and sediments samples from field sites for various chemical and isotope analyses of phosphorus using Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometry, Lachat QuickChem 8500 FIA, and others. Potential exists for exploring the use of real-time insitu orthophosphate sensors and the oxygen isotope of phosphate (δ18Op) to better understand phosphorus cycling, transformations, and transport in crop production systems. The selected candidate will work with field and lab technicians, graduate students, undergraduate students, and postdocs and act as a liaison with the state and federal agencies, farmers, and other stakeholders.