Research Director/Extension Agronomist

Rodale Institute

The Research Director/Extension Agronomist for FST will manage field and laboratory activities related to the Institute’s 40-year old Farming Systems Trial that compares organic and conventional grain cropping systems. The Research Director/Extension Agronomist will also present data and information through outreach activities, peer-reviewed publications, and support the Rodale Institute education and consultancy programs.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for coordinating day-to-day operations of FST and related trials with research and farm operations staff.
  • Analyze and interpret scientific data.
  • Write and manage grants with internal and external partners to advance our understanding of regenerative organic agricultural systems.
  • Oversee the timely execution of grant-funded projects, including budget management, timeline management, data organization, and instructing field and lab technicians.
  • Develop collaborative and productive relationships with internal and external partners.
  • Clearly communicate to the general public and scientific community through written and oral communication (e.g. workshops, conference presentations, field days).
  • Write bulletins, fact sheets, articles, and other outreach and education communications.
  • Publish peer-reviewed articles in professional journals.
  • Support the Rodale Institute education and consultancy programs with expertise in field crop management.
  • Clearly communicate and work with the FST advisory committee.

Required Qualifications:

  • PhD in Plant, Weed, and/or Soil Science with specialization in Agronomy Crop Science.
  • Minimum of four years in field and laboratory research experience and familiarity with field row crop production.
  • Proven interest/background in organic and/or regenerative production practices.
  • Strong background in statistical analysis of field trial results and demonstrated evidence of publishing in peer-reviewed journals.
  • History of grant solicitation.
  • Interest and ability in working, collaborating, and communicating in a team environment with individuals of diverse backgrounds.
  • Must be eligible to work in the United States.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Evidence of attention to detail and ability to develop and maintain high quality records and other documentation is desirable.
  • Self-starter with the ability to prioritize multiple activities.
  • Excellent organizational skills with demonstrated written and oral skills for communicating technical information to farmers and extension personnel.
  • Familiarity and experience with field scale equipment and field crop production.

Additional Information:

Travel: Some regional, national and international travel is required.

Education/consultancy: 10% of effort

Grant writing, project management, and publication: 70% of effort

Outreach: 20% of effort

Other institutional expectations: To be trustful and respectful to all staff and visitors.

To apply: Please send a resume and cover letter to Elaine MacBeth at

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