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Research Fellow

Auburn University
Auburn, Alabama, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Jan 1, 2024

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Position Details

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Division Name
College of Agriculture

Position Title
Research Fellow

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Appointment Status

Part-time FTE

Limited Term

Limited Term Length
1 year; continuation contingent upon funding

Job Summary

This is a 1-year limited term appointment. Continuation of employment is contingent upon availability of funds.

The Department of Horticulture is seeking highly qualified applicants for Research Fellow . The successful candidate will be expected to help operate and develop Dr. Daniel Wells’ research program in urban and controlled environment horticulture. Current program personnel include four M.S. students, one Ph.D. student, and two Research Associates. Dr. Wells is PI or Co-PI on three nationally-funded projects and manages a program called FoodU which is a teaching, outreach, and food production program that engages undergraduate and graduate students in the campus food system.

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Essential Functions
  • Current projects in which the successful candidate will participate include developing novel techniques to improve salinity tolerance in greenhouse vegetables, plant meristem temperature manipulation in controlled environments, greenhouse tomato crop modeling, and improving water and nutrient retention in a rooftop garden substrate.
  • Research will be conducted in greenhouses, vertical farms, growth chambers, and outdoor research plots.
  • The successful candidate will be expected to manage personnel, co-mentor graduate students, develop research proposals, plan and execute experiments, analyze data, and publish research findings in high-quality journals.
Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications

Education and Experience:
Level I: PhD in Horticulture, Aquaculture, or a closely related field; no experience required.

Level II: PhD in Horticulture, Aquaculture, or a closely related field and 2 years experience in research practices and protocols.

Level III : PhD in Horticulture, Aquaculture, or a closely related field and 4 years experience in research practices and protocols.

Minimum Skills, License, and Certifications

Minimum Skills and Abilities
  • Experience with aquaculture, aquaponics, and hydroponics
  • History of publishing in peer-reviewed journals
  • Ability and desire to mentor graduate students
Minimum Technology Skills

General experience in word processing and spreadsheet software.

Minimum License and Certifications

Desired Qualifications

Desired Qualifications

Desired qualifications include the following:
  • Experience teaching aquaculture, aquaponics, or hydroponics
  • Experience with growth chambers
  • Experience with modeling
  • Expertise in statistical analysis
Posting Detail Information

Salary Range
$42,700 - $92,500

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EEO Statement

Auburn University is committed to an inclusive and diverse campus environment. Women, underrepresented groups, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.

AUBURN UNIVERSITY IS AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION / EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER . It is our policy to provide equal employment opportunities for all individuals without regard to race, sex, religion, color, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other classification protected by applicable law.

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  1. Resume
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