Assist the PI and other supporting staff in designing farming
activities, mentor, supervise and lead undergraduate and graduate
Assist the PI and implement Capacity Building Grant, Evans
Allen research projects, and externally funded projects.
The candidate will conduct collaborative and independent
research to help optimize production dynamics and profitability of
sustainable agriculture and food systems.
The candidate will help manage laboratory and farm spaces in a
Other duties include building raised beds, selecting, and
assisting in transplanting and monitoring of the production on the
farm, mentoring participants, and harvest.
To record and maintain data in proper spreadsheet layout.
Submit peer reviewed manuscripts, give professional
presentations, interact with farmers and potential farmers.
Help develop proposals for external funding of research.
Track applications and correspondence of potential graduate
students and student progress.
Review manuscripts and theses for proper format
To assist faculty and staff and students in using research
Other related duties as required.
- TITLE: Post-Doctoral Research Associate in
Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems
DEPARTMENT: School of Agriculture, Communities, Environment, and
REPORTS TO: Principal Investigator
EFFECTIVE DATE: TBD
EMPLOYMENT STATUS: Full-time, temporary
EMPLOYMENT CLASSIFICATION: Exempt
PRINCIPAL PURPOSE OF JOB:
The Postdoctoral Research Associate will serve as a lead support
person to assist the PI, staff, and students to perform research in
the Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems at the College of
Agriculture, Community, and the Sciences (CACS).
SCOPE OF RESPONSIBILITY:
He/she will be a key member of the student run farm for Sustainable
production and food systems at the Kentucky State University
Demonstration Farm and will be involved in establishing a student
run farm to supply produce to KSU Dinning and student run café. The
chosen candidate will establish demonstration and teaching gardens
showcasing organic vegetable production like backyards and school
gardens. The candidate will assist assists in implementing the
student-run farm and demonstration gardens into existing course
work and programming for experiential learning opportunities.
He/she will assist in developing relationships between producers
and KSU Dinning Services to promote local foods on campus. This
candidate will assist in exploring community interest in urban
agriculture in low-income neighborhoods in food deserts in
Frankfort, KY. The candidate will work with research team and
students to support design and delivery workshops, lead preparation
of annual reports for the funding agency and advisory board. The
candidate will supervise undergraduate and graduate students as
appropriate, present results at state and national conferences.
Co/lead author academic papers for relevant peer-reviewed
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
Minimum of a Ph.D. in Sustainable Agriculture and food systems or a
closely related field and a master’s degree in Horticulture,
Agriculture Education, Agribusiness, or a closely related
Licensing and Certifications:
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, and ABILITIES:
- Practical experience in research methodology in the area of
sustainable food production.
- Experience vegetable production and training students on the
- Applicant should have the ability to work independently and as
part of a team with excellent written and oral communication
- Analytical ability to include computer skills, statistics and
analysis of databases.
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills along with
- Ability to maintain concise and accurate records.
- Ability to work independently with minimum supervision, but
cooperatively with others.
- Must be able to manage multiple projects/priorities.
- Good organizational skills
- Exhibit professional and personable demeanor.
- Experience publishing in peer-reviewed journals
- Experience serving as Co-PI on funded research projects.
- Ability to perform miscellaneous job-related duties as
- Demonstrated expertise in agricultural and food systems, with
the ability to work effectively across disciplines.
- Must be currently eligible to work in the U.S. (will require
travel and some fieldwork (interviews, site visits, meetings,
conferences, and/or in-person workshops) within the continental
- Demonstrated strong community-engaged and qualitative and
quantitative research skills.
- Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaborate
effectively as part of an interdisciplinary team.
- Prior practical or research experience with food safety
management and/or organic agriculture.
May assist in supervision of students and staff as requested.
: (examples provided
- Occasionally requires heavy lifting, pushing, or pulling of
objects over 50 pounds.
- Work environment involves some exposure to inclement weather,
hot or cold conditions, hazards or physical risks, which require
some basic safety precautions.
Internal Candidates are Encouraged to Apply
Applicants must be authorized to work for any employer in
the United States. At this time, Kentucky State University is
unable to sponsor or take over sponsorship of an employment
KENTUCKY STATE UNIVERSITY is an Equal Opportunity
The functions, qualifications, knowledge/skills, and physical
requirements listed in this job description represent the essential
duties of the job, which the incumbent must be able to perform
either with or without reasonable accommodation. The Job Functions
listed do not necessarily include all activities that the
individual may perform.